TheYanks04 wrote:Because you fail to realize that he is paid millions to get it right...period. We aren't...he is. He is in this mess because of years of ineptide both in the pen, in CF and in the starting staff a good deal of which is his own fault and by his own design.
He gets paid to get the job done and saying that there is not much he can do is admitting he screwed up in past years as he was the GM in prior years also. He is not some arm chair GM. He is the real deal with a 200 M payroll and there is no excuse for this. He has been an utter disaster for the past 3 or 4 years and all the apologiists in the world are not going to change that. He got Womack instead of some backup CF last year deciding he needed to replace Cairo more than he did Bernie. Bottom line is he screwed up. And just because he is now stuck in a hole and is forced to swim in it is not an excuse for his own ineptitude that he has shown repeatedly year in and year out for a number of years.
I don't want to get into again with the whole Cashman thing because we both know where that is going. I just don't know what could have been done in CF. It wasn't that long ago that Bernie was a very solid centerfielder (2002?) Did you want Beltran? What other options did he miss out on?
Bottom line is, there aren't that many good CFers in the league period, nevermind available ones. There are probably about 5 or 6 young stud CFers in the league right now. But to be completely honest, is Bubba Crosby really THAT bad of a fallback option? Obviously he's not our first choice, but he can play defense. Isn't that all the Yankees really need? There is no use in signing a player like Johnny Damon for 4 years, just because you don't want to play Bubba Crosby. That's the type of thing the Yankees usually do, and they get locked into awful contracts.
For once, I'd like to see them take the cheap route (if a guy like Rowand can't be had) and get a guy that strictly covers ground. That would them more than any 30 homerun-100 strikeout-$10 million dollar player...which is the type they usually sign.