So Let Me Get This Straight

July 31st, 2014 by Jane Heller

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The centerpiece of the Yankees’ trade deadline activity is (drum roll) Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson? Stephen Drew, the guy we didn’t sign when he was a free agent? The guy Cashman said will be our new second baseman now that Brian Roberts has been DFA-ed? The guy who’s played shortstop exclusively for his entire career? Haven’t we learned anything about people playing out of position and it never works? I just don’t get it.

And then there are the assorted others who seem to have joined the team. I have no real opinion about either Martin Prado orĀ  Esmil Rogers. Never heard of them, but if Cashman says they’ll help the cause, fine. They just aren’t the help I was banking on. Not when the Orioles, Tigers and A’s, in particular, have really bolstered their respective rosters. We look like we’re treading water by comparison, and maybe that’s the plan. Just tread water until next season.

Meanwhile, we move into a weekend series against the Red Sox without Lester and Lackey. Weird, isn’t it?

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4 Responses to “So Let Me Get This Straight”

  1. barbara says:

    a very strange day in boston. i don’t want drew. he can’t hit and we need hitting. i have not liked roberts defensively or offensively but drew hasn’t played 2nd and he hasn’t hit. we got a pitcher with an over 6 era. we aren’t going anywhere so what’s the point. also why get rid of the catching prospect. so weird to watch the sox be traded off before we play them. i had some friends who weren’t happy today with the sox sending pitchers away all week but cespedes is going to make them happy.

  2. Jane Heller says:

    I don’t get the Yankees’ strategy at all, Barbara. And if I were in Boston, I’d be scratching my head unless they’re really in rebuilding mode.

  3. Renee says:

    Pretty crummy for us D. Price fans… deal the top of the line & get… who?? Why? It’s all about $$, despite the love. Too bad about the Rays’ crummy first half, not enough time to rebound enough.

    Prado is a good get, was great with the Braves, clutch hitter, few runs, many rbi’s, high average. The trick is moving from NL to AL, esp. East, learning all those new pitchers. Plus he has post-season experience & 3rd base.

    I feel bad for Boston fans, but interested to see Papi, Pedroia, and Napoli try to carry the team. Yanks not done yet, take heart!

  4. Jane Heller says:

    It must be hard for you, Renee, as much as you know the drill by now. To keep losing your top players to save money can’t be easy and Price is a bone fide superstar. But the Rays do have a continuous stream of young talent that appear every year and perform great. At least there’s that. Prado seemed to have decent numbers for awhile but wasn’t he having an off-year? And yes, the NL Players don’t always succeed in the AL. You think Cashman is still working the phones? He said he had to ask the Steinbrenners for more $$ as it is. But I hope you’re right.