Brian Cashman spoke on a few different things yesterday, so I thought I’d weight in.
On yesterday’s starter Brian Gordon:
“Everybody was like, ‘This guy looks like he can help us,’ ” Cashman said. “I’m not afraid to take a chance.”
Sounds about right. It’s Cashman’s job to find guys who are going to help the Yankees win and for at least one day, he did that. I’ll say it again, the Yankees don’t hate their prospects.
On prospects and the catching situation:
The GM said he doesn’t want to rush prospects before their time.
Cashman was brutally honest as usual when it came to the backup catcher situation. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing seven of the last eight games. Francisco Cervelli, who has struggled offensively and defensively, had subbed for him. Cashman wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero to play. That’s why he isn’t being brought up to back up Martin and get occasional DH at-bats.
“Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said.
I agree with Cashman on Montero. I’ve said all along that the only way I’d like Montero to be on the Yankees in 2011 is if he is going to play every day. Right now, I don’t see that happening unless Russell Martin aggravates his back enough that it requires time spent on the disabled list. While it would be nice for Montero to get tutelage at the Major League level, his bat needs constant PAs to keep his development up. The problem, of course, is that barring the aforementioned DL time for Russell Martin, it’s unclear when Montero will get everyday playing time with the Yankees. We could assume next year, but is that a safe bet? Martin still has an arbitration year left before free-agency and has played well. They could always trade Martin in the offseason. If he continues his re-establishment of a high level of play, the Yankees could sell high on him and transition Montero into the starting role. If Martin doesn’t play “well enough” for the rest of the year, the Yankees could move him to the backup role next year with Montero starting. Of course, the Yankees could always trade Montero, but I’m of the opinion that trading him isn’t likely to happen. Why? Because the types of players you trade him for are not likely to be available. Montero is a “for-top-talent-only” guy. I don’t see any top talent becoming available soon. If Russell Martin plays well for the rest of the year and Jesus Montero heats up with the bat, the Yankees are going to have some tough decisions to make regarding 2012. Frankly, I hope they have that problem if you catch my drift.
EDIT, 11:17 AM:
@mimbro1 you didn’t mention the possibility of Montero getting everyday ABs this season or next with a Posada injury/departure.
Next year, I highly doubt we’ll see Jorge Posada in pinstripes anymore. That, of course, will open up plate appearances for Jesus Montero. It may not be perfectly desirable to have a player so young at DH, but as long as it gets Montero’s bat in the lineup, I’m okay with it. If Russell Martin is back with the team, this could solve two problems: Montero could DH most of the time and catch when Martin needs a day off. This could keep a good bat and glove in the lineup in the person of Martin and allow a (probably) good bat in Montero to stay in the lineup while being eased into catching duties and saving wear-and-tear on him for 2013 and beyond when he, hopefully, is the full time catcher.
Cashman said he hasn’t looked into the possibility of acquiring Scott Kazmir but will eventually. “I know he’s struggled,” he said. #yankees
I’ve been toying this idea around in my head for the last day, wondering if Kazmir is worth a shot. Of course he is. Everyone is worth a shot on a minor league deal. I know some people might cringe at the idea, but I’ll refer to what I wrote about the Yankees having contact with Carl Pavano this offseason:
a GM’s gotta do what a GM’s gotta do. It would’ve been irresponsible for Yankee GM Brian Cashman to not at least look into the idea of re-acquiring Pavano.
It wouldn’t be franchise altering to bring in Scott Kazmir, but buried under all the awfulness of this season, there’s still talent there (somewhere) and that’s worth at least a thought. I’m not advocating the Yankees go out and sign Kazmir to an MiL deal ASAP, but they should see if he’s interested.
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