Manipulating the DH situation

Pardon me if you’re exhausted from it, but the Yankees’ DH situation is about the only thing left to talk about as the Hot Stove (thankfully) enters its final stretch drive and we (finally) approach Spring Training. Off the top of my head, I’d venture a guess that each author here has at least touched on it, and I did for sure yesterday, as did MJR.

With Carlos Pena unfortunately off the market, the DH options aren’t all that plentiful. There are guys like Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, but they’re on the wrong side of hill at this point (hell, so is Raul Ibanez). We’ve heard little about anyone else and it appears that the talking has all been done by agents, not the Yankees. In fact, it’s been called a low priority for the team.

Because of this, I’ve been trying to think of ways that the Yankees could avoid the “rotating DH” based on their internal options (Eric Chavez isn’t signed, so I’m considering him an out of organization option). There really is no way to do this, and it just goes to show that the Yankees do need a full time DH. One way it could be done is to make Andruw Jones the full time DH. After all, he is a former full time player and a veteran; he won’t fold when he sees a right handed pitcher up there. But even so, CAIRO projects his wOBA vs. RHP to be .315. As a DH, he obviously gives no value on defense, so it’s hard for him to be a big plus against righties. What about Chris Dickerson? He’s shown he can hit RHP in the minors. He hasn’t had much exposure at the Major League level, so take this with a grain of salt, but CAIRO projects his wOBA against right handers to be .312. We must acknowledge, though, that Dickerson has shown himself to be a good outfielder. Because of that, you could slot Nick Swisher in at DH and play Dickerson in right. This could be a more desirable solution if Swisher were a bad fielder, but he’s not. It also gets a subpar bat into the lineup, as does every permutation of the rotation DH.

I’ve never been a fan of the rotating DH for the Yankees and I don’t think I ever will be. Still, to be fair, I’m going to at least try to see the validity and make an argument for it. But at this point, I just can’t. Like most of us have been saying, the rotating DH is just not a good idea for the Yankees.

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.

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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.

21 thoughts on “Manipulating the DH situation

  1. Am I the only one who thinks Ibanez would be a bad idea at DH??? he can’t play the field, he does not crush RHP, he is 40, and played in the NL the last few years and last year he sucked.

  2. Ken Rosenthal reported that the yankees and orioles could be trade partners for AJ Burnette. I am a bit skeptical but if that ends up being true, think they could pry Chris Davis away? Still a young guy was once a VERY highly touted prospect, can play 1B and 3B (though not particularly great at 3B) and has tremendous power and great average in the minors. Strike out issues are there, but if we were willing to give the spot to Pena doesn’t a younger guy with huge upside make more sense? They got him from texas for pretty cheap along with tommy Hunter for Uehara I would have to think they would be willing to listen on him….

  3. Third baseman.

    That’s the key. If not now, then soon. Get a 3B that they can move into the future with and then move A-Rod to DH. I know there was a post on here debunking the theory that the DH role would keep A-Rod healthier, but I disagree. There would certainly be some benefit without the wear and tear from fielding.

    I’ve always liked David Wright. I think he would return to his beast ways with a change of scenery. Perhaps a package might be kind of pricey, but the Yanks have a lot of SP who they may be tempted to stick in the ‘pen. Trade a couple to the Mets for Wright. I’m kinda just rambling at this point, but a third baseman is the player I’m waiting for.

  4. I guess I must have missed those statements from A-Rod and the Yankee front office where they agreed that A-Rod would become a full-time DH in 2012. Yes, he’s bound to keep having injury problems and will need more rest than a younger player but he looked pretty damn good in the field last season and there’s no reason to think that he’s ready and willing to give up playing 3B or that the Yankees are thinking in those terms for 2012.

    Also, I can’t see the Mets trading Wright to the Yankees. Even if you want to argue that it would make baseball sense they’d get killed in the back pages if Wright turns in around in their own backyard. And they’re surely not going to let him go to the Bronx for a couple of surplus pitchers or prospects with limited upsides.

  5. But Reynolds is merely a more expensive version of Jorge Vazquez with better plate discipline who can’t really play 3B. Vazquez actually had a higher wOBA and wRC+ than Reynolds last season (albeit at AAA) because he hit for a higer average despite walking at a much lower rate.

    I’m not advocating for Chato – just pointing out that we already have a “Reynolds” if we want to go that route.

  6. Hopefully Joba lays off the rum haha. We need him getting smaller, not getting the munchies and ballooning up.

    You may be right, I still think media and fans would be putting most of that heat on Pineda though. Anytime the kid struggles I expect a blast from that, and I also expect Pineda to catch heat anytime the offense struggles because “Montero would’ve gotten a hit there”. However I think the kids already faced a ton of pressure coming up being billed as a potential savior of the Pirates organization, and now as the “big bust”. I don’t think he’s escaping pressure anywhere he goes or stays at this point.

    I’d trade Betances and Warren/Phelps/Mitchell for him honestly. I just don’t believe that Betances will be a starter at the end of the day, so even tough Pedro has plenty of problems I’d trade what I believe to be a future reliever for that potential. I wouldn’t trade Banuelos for him however as I think at the very least he could be a 4/5 starter, with potential upside as a 2/3.