blankman wrote:I completely disagree that he's done a good job.
The bullpen is even worse than last year. This is my biggest beef with him this offseason.
There is no DH.
He found no solution to CF.
Anybody can do nothing and not sign any of a list of guys (Damon, Konerko, Burnett etc). It doesn't take $5 Million to do that. That money is given to him to do something and he's done nothing to make this team better than they were last season, when last year's team clearly wasn't good enough.
He's done well to keep Cano and Wang and stay away from Damon, but at his ridiculous salary, its disgraceful that he's managed to make the team worse than last year.
So you'd like to see him go get another first baseman? Or another SP? We already have 7! And as far as the bullpen getting worse, what's happened to make it worse? Small and Wright will be out there to take up long relief. You can't be thinking that Mike Myers is worse than Leiter, Embree, or Stanton. Farnsworth pitched just as good as Gordon last year and is younger. Sure, the pen isn't going to be like it was during the late '90s. I don't think anybody's pen is going to be that strong without spending way more than it would be worth.
Who do you want at DH? The Big Hurt? He's always on the DL. Phillips is slated to split time with Giambi there right now, which I don't think is that
bad a plan. Yeah, it's not ideal, but last I checked there wasn't anyone out there that we could get to DH without signing yet another over-priced aging vet.
I agree with BB51, you expect something to be done, when there's nothing that can be done. Unless you would trade off Wang and Cano, which the Yanks clearly aren't willing to do. And as far as everyone saying they won't be as good this year as they have in years past, why not? What's significantly different from last year? Even if Bubba is starting in CF, we improve defensively. Johnson may finally have re-adjusted to the AL as he showed in his last 8 or so regular season starts. Pavano and Wright are healthy again and getting ready to give it another shot. They might not work out, but that's what we had last year and last I checked we still won the East.