Montana168 wrote:gardner has only been hitting in the leadoff spot bcuz jeter is battling an illness that has bounced around the club house. jeter and damon are the top 2 guys when their both healthy. gotta agree with the above opinions as well, there are 4 good OF for only 3 available spots, because posada/matsui usually clog the DH spot with swisher getting time there occassionally. but after the trade deadline that should change. Austin Jackson, the yankees top prospect, is the future star in the OF, not gardner. Jackson is MLB ready now and if he were playing for any other club he would already be in the bigs but the Yanks OF is too jammed for him to be called up bcuz he won't be called up to be a platoon player. I fully expect the Yankees to make a move to acquire a setup man, maybe 2, at the deadline and that will come at the expense of one of these OF for sure. Most likely swisher or melky will be the ones dealt but i wouldn't be surprised if they decide to put joba in the bullpen if they trade jackson away for a great starting pitcher.
I am sorry but as a Yankee fan I literally disagree with this post entirely, and will go as far to say it is completely false.
A-Jax MLB ready now? Um, do you follow Austin?
Austin Jackson has played 1 game in his entire MiLB career above double A BEFORE this year. He posted a .774 OPS in Double AA last year. I am sorry but he would not be a starting OF on ANY other team in the Majors
He came into this AT LEAST a full year away from the Majors, and he will be a Sept callup, when the minor league season is over. So no, Gardner and Melky are not going anywhere, because between them that is your starting CF/4th OF. Austin Jackson was a late 1st round picked and wasn't drafted because of elite baseball skills. The Yankees took him because he was a extremely athletic kid, with the tools they hope could translate into a baseball player. He still is a work in progress. He will not sniff a starting job in the majors this year, and will have to battle next spring training for one.
If they are going to trade, it will be their abundance of raw pitching arms in the minors.
Recent interview with Brian Cashman on WFAN 660 AM with Mike Francessca
Mike: "Has there every been any consideration of putting Joba in the bullpen"
Brian: "No, it has never come up."
Joba can never go to the bullpen again. Since his shoulder injury last year in Texas Brian Cashman has went on record saying Joba has trouble getting his velocity up early in the game. Which would explain why his 1st inning stats have been so awful this year. Before each start of his now, he is throwing a simulated inning before the game to get his velocity up. With this sort of problem the bullpen is out of the question for now. As he reaches his IP limit towards the end of the year. I would expect a bullpen experiment.
Swisher being dealt? I mean I see you are a Yankee fan but do you follow the Yankees? Swisher has a .373 OBP and rocking a 873 OPS, I am pretty confident in saying Swisher is pretty much untouchable. If I am not mistaken Swisher is top three in OBP on the team. With his 873 OPS, he is in the top 5 in AL RF's this year.
Swisher isn't going anywhere
So, in short, where did you come up with all that info?