Yank04, there's several things I agree with you on, but some I don't.
First, Kevin Brown and Jaret Wright are awful. Agreed. But, Cashman did pretty much admit his mistake with Wright. I just listened to him on WFAN on Mike and the Maddog and he reiterated that nobody expected the market for pitching to explode like it did (when the Mets gave Benson an insane contract.) By that time, Lieber's option was already declined.
He said that looking back, they should have just picked up Lieber's option, but it was impossible to tell the Mets were going to make such a big offer to Benson. Cashman said the same thing in spring training, so it's not just because Wright sucks and is hurt that he is saying this.
You can call Weaver an idiot move, but you contradict yourself when you call Brown one, considering we moved Weaver to get Brown. Weaver was an absolute joke in New York, there was no question that Brown was clearly the better option at the time of the trade. I believe that Brown sucks, but at the time he was coming off a pretty good year, it's hard to dump ALL the blame on Cashman for that....most of the blame belongs on Brown himself for being such crap.
I agree with your points on Mussina. He's not the Moose of old, but he pitched very well in the postseason last year against the Twins and Sox and flashed signs of greatness. He is a great number 2 pitcher, and an unbelievable number 3.
RJ and Pavano will be fine if they are healthy, knock on wood. Alot of people had doubts about Pavano, including myself, but he's pitching pretty good so far. Hopefully that keeps up.
With the tandem of RJ, Pavano and Mussina, the Yankees staff is still one of the top in the league, considering any of those guys are number 1 pitchers on 85% of teams in baseball.
The hitting will heat up, as much as we want it to remains to be seen. A-Rod is disgusting me right now with his play, and I agree Bernie and Tino look old. They still have the best offense in baseball though, IMO, if all cylinders are running smoothly.
A player that WFAN mentioned that could be available at the trade deadline is Barry Zito. I'm not high on him at all, but you know he's better than Brown and Wright, and if Oakland's out of the race, he could be moved by August.
I'm not sure who is a FA at the end of the year, now that Sheets is signed long term. Are there any good pitchers on bad teams that are in their contract year?