About Kotsay, if they bring him in thats just more juggling for the Yankees to do, its hard have kotsay in ceneter and find time for Womack, Bernie, Tino, Giambi, and still get Matsui in that lineup...
if any Yankee fan, or baseball fan for that matter wants to read this article, it is kinda long (6 pages) but is a great documentary on the yankees following the 2001 World Series when good old George really started making his own decisions...http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/s ... 1491&num=1
anyway i agree with alot of people here that they should get back to listening to Gene Micheals... i was listening to Mike and the Dog about two weeks ago and they had Stix on and he said that he hasnt recieved any calls all year from George or the Yankees asking for his advice, so Good ol George has one of the great baseball minds on his side, and he doesnt use him...
he should sign the checks and thats it, leave everything else to the guys who know baseball...
one more thing, i hope to god they dont trade Robinson Cano or Weng, and i hear they have some real good talent in the lower levals, but they are real dry in AAA... (not like u guys didnt know that anyway)
I don't think getting Kotsay in NY would create problems. You just are going to have to tell Womack, Sierra and Tino that their roles are going to be severely minimized.
Tino didn't sign here to play everyday anyway. You can play him every once in a while at 1st to spell Giambi, put him in for defensive purposes, and pinch hit him if needed.
Sierra can be used as a big bat off the bench. He's been pretty much a pinch hitter since he's been in NY anyway, I doubt he'd be angry with Mark Kotsay coming to NY.
Womack is the one guy who would lose a load of playing time. You can't play him at 2nd over Cano, in CF over Kotsay, in LF over Matsui, or DH over Bernie. If they hold onto him, he'd be a pinch runner and can pinch hit if they need a sac-bunt or something.
I've heard that if Mark Loretta isn't coming back for a while, San Diego could be interested in Womack. That would probably be best, just to get rid of him. It's not fair to him to sign him for two years to play 2B, force him to move to LF, then CF, then ultimately the bench. Just give him away to a team that can use him for a cheap ransom. Then everyone is happy.
Giambi should be at 1st base and Bernie at DH, so those two will be fine. Kotsay in CF, Hideki back to LF.
BTW, I think I've read bits and pieces of that Buster Olney article, but I'll read the whole thing for kicks. Thanks for providing it...
Oh, and I completely agree with you about Cano and Wang. Cash has said he won't approve any trade that ships them out of New York, and I hope the organization sticks by his word.