Just a few notes and some commentary for Christmas Eve Day Morning:
–The Yankees are “internally discussing Manny Ramirez. As far as discussions go, I can imagine this one went something like this:
Yankee Front Office Guy 1: “Hey wouldn’t it be funny if we signed Manny?”
YFOG 2: “LOL TOTALLY!”
There’s no way in hell that Manny Ramirez will be a Yankee, unless Jorge Posada is rendered incapable of playing baseball between now and the start of the regular season. Manny is only a DH now, so he wouldn’t be much use to any team as a fourth outfielder. Sure, he can straight mash against anybody, but there’s no fit for him on the Yankees.
–Brian Cashman says there is no clear role for Johnny Damon on the Yankees. This makes complete and total sense. I may’ve been semi-supportive of a Damon return in my article yesterday, but I was mostly just feeling frisky. The Yankees would have to get super creative with the lineup to get Damon a large number of at bats and at this point in his career, Johnny Damon isn’t worth that. It was also reported yesterday that Johnny has everyday opportunities elsewhere.
–Still no news on either Fred Lewis or Scott Hairston, both of whom would make a good bench OF combination for the Yankees. I’m not going to hold my breath on both of them donning pinstripes come springtime, but it’s a nice thought.
–Internally, there’s a good amount of outfield options: Colin Curtis, Greg Golson, Brandon Laird, Melky Mesa, and Jordan Parraz are all on the 40 man. None of them may be too inspiring in terms of talent, but at least it gives the Yankees some options.
–Lastly, to our readers who celebrate it: Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe (please designate a driver) holiday with family, friends, and loved ones.
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