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Jackson, Coke, Damon Would Look Good



By Mike Silva ~ May 26th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

It’s a bit of an armchair quarterback situation, but with the Yankees bullpen and offense struggling how would Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, and Johnny Damon look in Yankees uniforms right now?

With Granderson still out due to injury its premature to judge the deal (as it has been) constantly. The fact remains that all of Brian Cashman’s offseason moves have backfired to date: Granderson, Vazquez, Winn, Chan Ho Park, and Boone Logan.

Resigning Damon could have allowed them to give someone like Jackson a shot and keep depth. The Vazquez move might turn out to be the best one because I believe he will turn it around. Besides the price for him was actually cheaper than Granderson.

Bottom line: If you get the pre 2009 version of Granderson things should be ok. If not, than the trade continues to look bad.

Imagine if Detroit makes the playoffs and the Yankees don’t thanks to that trio?

Austin Jackson

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 23 DET AL 42 191 175 31 59 11 3 1 11 6 1 15 50 .337 .393 .451 .844 127
1 Season 42 191 175 31 59 11 3 1 11 6 1 15 50 .337 .393 .451 .844 127
162 Game Avg. 162 737 675 120 228 42 12 4 42 23 4 58 193 .337 .393 .451 .844 127

Johnny Damon

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 36 DET AL 43 183 155 32 45 12 1 3 18 3 1 26 27 .290 .393 .439 .832 124

Phil Coke

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO ERA+
2010 27 DET AL 3 0 1.000 3.43 22 0 3 0 0 0 21.0 20 9 8 0 9 1 16 128
3 Seasons 8 3 .727 3.67 106 0 16 0 0 2 95.2 72 44 39 10 31 5 79 119
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/26/2010.

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4 Responses to Jackson, Coke, Damon Would Look Good

  1. vinny

    I think you should all just stop and look at what if…, the fact of the matter is that these guys are gone and if they were here we would be bitching and moaning about their poor starts and why didn’t we get rid of them when we had the chance.

    In other words, MOVE ON!!!!

    This is simply getting ridiculous

  2. Paul Catalano

    Been thinking the same thing Mike. Regardless of what some people think, i never would have made that trade. What we gave away and what we got back just don’t match. I’d have taken a DH-ing/occasional LF Damon over Johnson any day.

  3. Scott

    Mr. Jackson’s stats are accumulated with a most remarkable (and unsustainable) .468 BAbip. Don’t judge seasons, particularly for new players, on May 26th.

  4. Viper

    It’s pretty disingenuous to include Damon in this argument because him leaving via free agency had nothing to do with the Granderson deal. Nothing at all.

    Back in 2008, Silva was on the “Cashman was a moron for not trading for Santana” bandwagon and now it’s quite obvious that the non-deal for Santana was perhaps the best decision Cashman ever made (and was probably the primary reason this team won the WS in 2009).

    I liked Austin Jackson, too, but Granderson is clearly the better player with more upside long term. It won’t take that long before the people who are trashing that deal now will see their error in 20/20 Revisionist History 101.

    Coke was not a significant loss and you also have to consider the ballpark he pitches in now as opposed to the Stadium last year.

    Coke gave up a lot of long balls in that RF porch that are simply lazy fly balls at Comerica. He was effective for awhile against lefties last year but they figured him out the 2nd half and hit him hard.

    Damon is no longer a Yankee for a couple of reasons. He wouldn’t lower his demand until he had no choice (thanks, Scott Boras) and he didn’t want to be an everyday DH.

    Cashman wanted Gardner in LF and Granderson in CF with Damon the DH.

    You can question the decision to sign Johnson, but the Damon negotiations landed on Damon himself and his agent.

    It’s a lot easier to question decisions like these when you don’t bother to add an ounce of perspective to the argument.

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