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Joba, The Bullpen, and Other Picture Postcards



By Frank Russo ~ May 29th, 2009. Filed under: Digest Contributors.

All of this talk about Joba heading back to the bullpen is nothing more than rubbish, a rumor that has been manufactured and fueled by the press. In fact, our main Yankees source down in Tampa confirmed for me on Friday that Yankees management has no intention to put Chamberlain, who has had his struggles recently, back in the bullpen to be Mariano’s setup man.

To be fair, and we have reported on this in the past, not everyone in the Yankees hierarchy believes that Chamberlain should stay as a starter. Our source told us, “There’s a real split in the organization, especially among the advisors and scouts, who believe that Joba can effect more games in a positive way as a reliever than as a starter.” All of this is a moot point, as both Cashman and Girardi are of the firm belief that Chamberlain will be a number one starter one day, and just needs to be allowed to grow into his role. Rest assured, the Joba debate, fueled by both sports talk radio and the main stream media, will continue.

The Bridge, The Bridge, The Bridge
As we approach the beginning of summer, it appears that Brian Cashman’s main focus over the next few weeks will be to fix the bullpen, and the Bridge to Mariano, which will be no easy task. Injuries to Brian Bruney and Damaso Marte, along with the failure of several of the young arms that Girardi was supposed to rely on have turned the bullpen into a question mark. Until trade opportunities present themselves, Cashman will once again look to fill the void with call-ups from the minors.

One interesting possibility could be lefty setup man Zach Kroenke, who is having a tremendous year at Scranton. Kroenke, a teammate of Joba’s at Nebraska, is 3-0 in 12 games with a 1.27 ERA. He’s allowed just three runs in 21 1/3 innings. A lot of scouts love him, not just because of his talent, but because of his mental makeup on the mound.

Speaking of Bruney, his not being completely honest about the pain in his elbow has really put him in the doghouse with both Girardi and Cashman. While we like Bruney, we also believe that he needed to be totally honest about his injury and how he was feeling. Knowing this would have allowed the Yankees to take the proper steps to treat the injury and also allow Brian Cashman to make the proper contingency plans to fill the void.

Rumors are circulating that the Yanks might consider adding another bat down the line. Apparently, there have been internal discussions regarding Matt Holliday, who has openly stated in the past that he would love to play for New York. Acquiring a Matt Holliday would be extremely difficult, since Billy Beane, who’s A’s are struggling, will want top flight talent for him. Would the Yankees, or the Mets or Red Sox for that matter, be willing to part with 3 or 4 quality prospects for a player who is batting just .273 with just 6 homers and 28 RBI? Highly unlikely.

As far as the pitching front, the Yanks have apparently had internal discussions about whether to acquire another starting pitcher down the line. Two interesting names being floated are Jared Washburn and Erik Bedard. As far as relievers go, Huston Street is also rumored to be on the block.

Good news on the injury front. We’ve been told by our main Yankees source that both Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady have been coming along nicely with their rehabs. Marte, who is currently throwing off flat ground, is experiencing no pain, while Nady, who has been ripping the cover off the ball, will start a throwing program on Monday.

Reports out of Tampa have George Steinbrenner’s health on the wane. We’ve been told that he wears sunglasses the majority of the time due to light sensitivity and uses a wheel chair the majority of the time. Let’s hope that “The Boss,” who will turn 79 this July 4th, will be around to see Championship #27 and another parade down the Canyon of Hero’s.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

2 Responses to Joba, The Bullpen, and Other Picture Postcards

  1. Giuseppe Franco

    That’s a big HELL NO to Matt Holliday.

    Cashman won’t do it anyways because he has issues with “paying twice” for any player.

    He wouldn’t do it for Santana, Sabathia, or Teixeira the last couple of years when they were available and he’s certainly not going to do it for Holliday.

    Ain’t gonna happen. They don’t need him anyways.

    A very big HELL NO for Jarrod Washburn as well. Bedard is a jackass and has all kinds of issues staying healthy. No thanks.

  2. Giuseppe Franco

    That’s a big N-O to Matt Holliday.

    Cashman won’t do it anyways because he has issues with “paying twice” for any player.

    He wouldn’t do it for Santana, Sabathia, or Teixeira the last couple of years when they were available and he’s certainly not going to do it for Holliday.

    Ain’t gonna happen. They don’t need him anyways.

    Another very big N-O for Jarrod Washburn as well. Bedard has all kinds of issues staying healthy. No thanks.

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