Friday, June 01, 2007

Dear Jim,

I'm sorry it's been so long since my last letter. Things have been pretty busy at work, although with the upcoming draft, I'm sure you've got a full plate. (I read that you're not sleeping much lately; you better take care of yourself before you get sick). I hope the wife -- did you get married yet? -- and kids are doing well.

The reason I'm writing is that I wanted to see if you saw the news about Jason Giambi, the Yankees DH. He's suffering from a tear to his plantar fascia, which is ironic because that's the injury that essentially derailed his compadre Mark McGwire's career. They're saying that he'll be out at least three weeks, but you and I both know that that's an injury that's slow to heal, and likely to come back. (Perhaps you can ask Bob Carpenter about McGwire's experiences with the injury in St. Louis -- Bob's quite a resource on all things STL, in case you weren't aware.)

Now is the time for action, Jim! With Dmitri Young's 4-4 performance last night, he's up to a sizzling .309/ .392/ .470 line that's sure to interest the Yankees, especially with Young's paltry salary. They can use him as DH now, and maybe play him at first if Giambi comes back. Certainly he's a better alternative than Doug Mientkiewicz or Josh Phelps.

Now we both know that the Yankees are trying to hold on to their prospects, and that they're unlikely, given the state of their rotation, -- can you believe that ours is actually turning out better than theirs? -- to ship along pitching prospects. But there's no reason we can't get a position player or two, B-ish prospects for Young. But we need to do it before his girth brings back his leg injuries, and we need to do it before he cools down.

I've taken the liberty of attaching the Yankees organizational depth chart. They've got some interesting guys in the low minors. Why don't you see what your highly paid scouts suggest?

Just a thought!

Your friend,


P.S. How did the court case turn out? I haven't heard anything about it recently.


  • I guess once I pass an idea on to Barry for his chat I can't right well accuse you of stealing it.

    If we get anyone of reasonable value for Dmitri Young I will tip my hat to Jim Bowden.

    By Blogger Sam, at 6/01/2007 9:23 AM  

  • Yes, that's a good spot for Dmitri.

    What about Belliard to the Mets for one or two B prospects?

    And Colome for an A (or close to it) minor leaguer?

    By Anonymous Ed, at 6/01/2007 9:33 AM  

  • Because the Mets aren't stupid enough to want Belliard.

    Valentin is almost back. And Easley is filling in very nicely anyway.

    Belliard wouldn't be an upgrade for him (or most teams).

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/01/2007 9:35 AM  

  • I also just had the weird idea that the Giants need a closer. Is Chad Cordero still considered a closer?

    I admit I'd hate to be rooting against the guy; I really like him. But I do still think we ought to be finding a way to trade high on the man.

    Colome we should keep -- he can replace Cordero!

    By Blogger Sam, at 6/01/2007 9:45 AM  

  • What GM worth his salt wouldn't want to have a career .290/.348/.475 switch hitter sitting on his bench for a strech run and the postseason? I expect a bidding war . . .

    Article III of "THE PLAN"tm says trade veterans for prospects.

    Jesus Colome? Are you people on crack! Two weeks as the closer and you'd be acting just like the Giants fans were with Benitez.

    Please note that Chad looks (and pitches) a lot like Todd Jones and Bob Wickman who, while no Mariano Rivera, are still getting people out pretty consistently at advanced ages. They have both been discarded by many organizations becasue they don't look like underwear models or throw 100MPH (ever hear of Matt Anderson?)

    If you want to start a trade rumor, how about looking at Stark's column at ESPN. He says the Rays may be willing to deal Elijiah Dukes for middle relief help. THAT's a deal that falls within the perimeters of the PLAN.

    By Anonymous Terry Forester, at 6/01/2007 11:02 AM  

  • If that trade were to happen, my money would be on getting Aarom Baldiris. Perfect Bowden guy; toolsy as all get-out yet can't hit his way out of a paper bag.

    By Anonymous Tito, at 6/01/2007 1:18 PM  

  • Elijah Dukes? I don't care how good he is, I don't want that piece of garbage on my team.

    By Anonymous bdrube, at 6/01/2007 1:24 PM  

  • All of this palaver assumes that Lerner/Kasten/Bowden are: (a) competent and (b) know what they're doing and how to accomplish what it is they want.

    Come to think of it, if "The Plan" is to produce merely middling baseball, mimicing other small -market teams, then L/K/B may be able to declare victory in 2010, and the joke's on us. Someone's got to convince me that that's not the plan, given the curent direction . . .

    Let's get together for beers in 2010 and review the results. I for one, see a team in 2010 a lot like today's Bal'mer Orioles, semi-good, semi-bad.

    By Anonymous JohnR (VA), at 6/01/2007 3:08 PM  

  • Elijah Dukes?

    "Okay, well, uh... candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she's registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let's get two! Go get 'em."

    By Blogger Ray, at 6/01/2007 3:22 PM  

  • The Balmer Plan for middling baseball seems entirely opposite to what the Nats FO is doing right now.

    Get yourself a healthy dose of Traschel, add a dash of Millar and Huff, add generous quantities of Danys Baez and wha la . . . a stew of expensive mediocrity! No thanks.

    And if you expect the Nats to be a franchise that spends like the Yankees, Mets or BoSox . . . well that is never gonna happen. Why? Those teams have now and will always have much higher revenue streams primarily from their local TV deals. Guess which team has a crappy local TV deal . . .

    Really, the Plan seems to be working pretty well so far. Unloaded a bunch of salary, didn't take on long term commitments and they aren't the laughingstock that all the national media types made them out to be. Bad and cheap=hope Bad and expensive=nada or Baltimore whatever you prefer

    By Anonymous Kirk, at 6/01/2007 5:38 PM  

  • How about a double trade, Guzman and Young, for... well... KC!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/01/2007 8:28 PM  

  • Sorry Chris, the idea is good, but looking at that organizational depth chart, there's no prospect worth trading a decent 1B for in that Yankees organization.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/02/2007 12:29 AM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2009 9:47 PM  

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