Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Yanks Talkin' Johan/Tribe After Bay?

The old saying is the rich get richer. Well it could happen again in baseball. It is getting to be such a tired act, but the way the current system is built, this is the way of the world. According to the Associated Press, The Twins and the Yankees are having preliminary discussions regarding Johan Santana. So let me get this straight, the Yankees will have the best player in the game, A-Rod making $27 million a year, and if they pull this off will have to sign Santana long term, most likely in the $20 million a year realm. Derek Jeter makes $18 million a year. Mariano Rivera just signed a three year deal for $15 million per. Jorge Posada just signed his deal for $12 million a year. Is this a friggin joke?

Brian Cashman has got to be smarter than this, doesn't he? Notice he has been extermely quiet this offseason now that Hank Steinbrenner has taken over the reigns from his father. Hank has become the moronic quote machine, walking right into his fathers footsteps. Cashman has said for months that he won't trade his three top pitching prospects. Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain. Don't you get the feeling that if these three were in the Brewers farm system, nobody would be talking about them the way they do and they wouldn't be held over every other team's head? Of course. Its the Yankees, and over-blowing everything is a way of life.

All I know is they were taken down in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of your Cleveland Indians in four games and they haven't won a playoff series since 2004. That's what a $200 million payroll gets you evidentally.

In the meantime, according to yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The one party confirmed to have spoken to the Pirates about Jason Bay is Cleveland, and that should be no surprise. For one, Huntington came from the Indians and knows their system better than any. A rookie general manager will want to be ultra-certain about the return for someone like Bay. For another, the Indians are a good match, having exceptional depth of starting pitching and catching.

Put Jason Bay in left, hit him between Victor and Hafner and call it a day. Give em Stiff Lee, Marte and Shin-Soo Choo. Make it happen Shappy!

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