Time to Complain

It’s January 25th as I write this. When you read it, it will be January 26th. We’re definitely at the lowest of the low point in the offseason. The Hot Stove is about as hot as the weather in the northeast right now. I’ve been pretty even keeled for most of the offseason, but I think it’s time to complain about some things, even if they’re not big in the grand scheme of Yankee basketball.

The MLB.com prospect rankings came out yesterday and there are two things I want to complain about. Jesus Montero clocked in at number 9 on the rankings. In terms of the top 50, that’s great. Still, though, I think I’m in the majority in saying that 9 is too low a ranking for Mr. Montero. His future position may be in question, but no one can deny his bat and how special it is and how much his age intensifies that specialness. In my semi-educated opinion, Montero should be no lower than 5th on that list.

My next complaint about the rankings is the fact that Eduardo Nunez showed up as the number 9 second base prospect. Whiskey tango foxtrot? Nunez has played a total of 20 games (19 MiL, 1 ML) at second base (and that ML appearance was a one inning “stint”). Not only is Nunez a shortstop and not a second baseman, but even if he was, he’s not even the best 2B prospect in his own system, let alone the 9th best in baseball. For the record, I think David Adams is the Yankees’ best 2B prospect.

There was a lot of complaining about Brian Cashman on the radio yesterday. Yeah, I know, I should shut it off. But, I’m in a (terrible) rental car so I don’t have my tape-deck aided iPod to play so I’m forced to listen to the radio. Anyway, personalities on both WFAN and ESPN were bemoaning Brian Cashman and his situation. While they didn’t exactly chastise him, they were at least a bit critical of his handling of the Derek Jeter situation, especially the part when Cash told Jeter to test the market and his comment yesterday about Jeter in the outfield. Cashman should’ve told Jeter to test the market and if in his shoes, I would’ve done the exact same thing. As for Jeter in the outfield, well, that makes some sense considering Jeter’s age. I don’t think he could handle center field, but that’s a conversation for another time.

Anyone who thinks that comment was a “shot at Jeter” is stretching at least a little bit. While it’s not exactly flattering to the Captain, it’s not exactly against common sense either. If there was an opening somewhere, I think we could be discussing Jeter moving off of SS NOW rather than later. It makes sense that a guy who’s a below average shortstop now will have to move off the position when he’s older.

Lastly, I just want to touch on something that was in the comments of an article I wrote. The comment was about a user being against the Granderson trade when it went down and being more against it now, especially considering the fifth starter’s situation. I’ll grant the user the pre/during trade hesitations (though I’ll later address them), but looking back and saying it was a bad deal because of the current fifth starter situation is a bit of hindsightism.

At the time of the trade, Kennedy had no spot on the team and the Yankees had a need in center field. They could’ve used Austin Jackson but Curtis Granderson was, is, and probably will be the better player going forward. 2010 may not have been perfect for Granderson, but he was just as valuable as Jackson in a lot less time. Going forward, I highly doubt that Jackson’s bat will match Granderson’s. That trade was a good deal at the time and unless Granderson gets hurt very badly, it will continue to be a very good trade. I’d do it every time, especially for that price. For the record, I’d do the Vazquez trade every time, too.

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

About Matt Imbrogno

A native and resident of the Mean Streets of Southwestern Connecticut, Matt is a narcissistic, misanthropic 20something English teacher who lives by a simple creed: Yankees Only.

10 thoughts on “Time to Complain

  1. I’m glad to see someone address Montero being 9th on this list, before I saw the breakdown of the list I had in my own mind the number 4 standing out real clear but after watching the breakdown of how they ranked each player I could be swayed to go as low as 6th but there is no way he is 9th and the fact that Aroldis Chapman is above him is a travesty IMO. The only reason Chapman ranks so high is because of his velocity and while impressive (extremely impressive) as it is he is still nothing more than a setup man now and long term it looks like they have no goal higher than closer for him, they haven’t ruled out starting 100% but they have come as close to saying he is in the pen forever as they can for now and there is no way 60 innings from a closer can equal a terrible defensive catcher hitting .300, 30, 100 which Montero has a chance to do and more.

    As far as the Granderson trade goes I would do it today! Curtis had a better WAR last year while missing a month than he had the previous two years and his defense was improved as well which points to him finally being healthy after an injury in 2008 which seemed to make his D take a serious dip. I don’t see anyway a 5th starter and a slap hitting CFer without a ton of stolen base potential match up to a guy who has the talent and potential every year going into ST to hit 30 and steal 20 while playing gold glove caliber D in CF the one of the most prized positions on the field.

  2. I was going to put this in the off-topic thread but since the title of this is “Time to complain” I figure this news fits to some degree (although since it’s a minor league deal it’s more irrelevant than anything) but the Yankees have signed Bartolo Colon, this is a move I really see no upside too, the guy hasn’t pitched in a year or so and the last time he did he was giving up multiple home runs to Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees per game. In actuality it isn’t a move you can complain about because it’s a minor league deal and almost doesn’t matter but if our 5th starter ends up being Colon is anyone happier with that than giving Joba another shot? I think Joba is probably 5x better an option but that’s me.

  3. Montero is a much better defensive catcher then people think. What misleads a lot of fans is this constant talk of his size. Yes he is big but that does not mean he cannot catch. He has an above arm and will in time throw out runners better than Posada did in his career. The other thing is that he works well with pitchers. I don’t know if he calls a good game but he loves catching and I have a sense he will call a good game in time as did Cervelli. I see him with that big bat as the yankee catcher of the future. Much better hitter than Posada ever was, can hit for average and power. This guy can hit 40 home runs and bat 320 in the same year.

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