Saturday, December 3, 2016


It was a significant opportunity to get a power bat at a reasonable price and still have plenty of bread to upgrade our pitching, both in the front and back end of the rotation... and the Yankees blew it....what else is new?

I'll say it again... it was the perfect situation for the Yankees, and something they really needed.  They wanted to make a deal with Carlos Beltran and Beltran wanted a deal with the New York Yankees. It was simple; a 1 year deal at low money was perfect, because after all, the Yankees knew what they'd get with Beltran and Beltran ultimately wanted to retire in pinstripes. 

(May 21, 2016 - Source: Stephen Lam/Getty Images North America)
But none of that happened, probably because Cashman wasn't given the OK from a slow moving Yankee brass that doesn't actually know what it wants.  And so, because there was a worry of not getting what he wanted, Beltran pulled the trigger early and went with another team... a team he was also familiar with. A team that likes him and is building their roster for a win next season.  Good for them.

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The Astros signed Carlos Beltran a one year deal for the same amount that could have easily been offered by the New York Yankees.  Everyone has this story, but we'll plug Bob Nightengale on this one:
And so, this leaves the Yankees with their dick in their hands and now forced to spend MORE money than they actually wanted to on a DH and I guess... possible first baseman. 

(Oct. 18, 2016 - Source: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America)
Edwin Encarnacion will now be seriously considered, and ultimately will screw any significant chance of the Yankees also landing top closer Aroldis Chapman because, as you know, money just got tight in the Yankees pocket book and trying to sign both of those guys this off season will be tricky at the money and years they want.

(Aug. 1, 2016 - Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)
So now what?  Matt Holliday? Not sure he's much better than a Carlos Beltran but makes sense. Maybe Mike Napoli? Again... same drill, but I just don't know.  I guess the difference is guys like Napoli and Edwin can play first. But if the Yanks have Greg Bird, Tyler Austin... why worry about that? Again, I have no idea what the Yankees are thinking here allowing Beltran to walk to Houston. It was an easy one.

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In the end, this Yankee team needs a starter or 2, and a big time closer.  Chapman needs to be that closer. The starters? They will figure that out, and to be honest, I don't have a dog in that fight... I just want an upgrade to help out Sabathia and friends.

(Oct. 6, 2016 - Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)
But when it came to a power bat... Carlos Beltran was the ultimate prize here. Switch hitter with pop... cheap and a single year contract.  But that didn't happen... and now the Yanks have to worry about how much money they will be doling out for "power bats" AND pitching....
Makes no sense to drag your feet like that... it just doesn't.

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