In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Time for a new SS?
Steve over at Was Watching discusses the possibility of Jeter moving off short:
Wild thought of the moment: If New York does become concerned about Jeter's defense at SS, then sign Julio Lugo after the season.

Lugo, while not in the class of Adam Everett or Jack Wilson with the glove at SS, would be an improvement over Jeter.

Then you move Jeter to 2B in 2007. And, you can either trade Cano (who would be a legit trading chip - given his age and contract) or move Cano to the OF in 2007. (With Sheffield - assuming they extend him - becoming the full-time DH in 2007.) Cano goes to LF and you move Matsui to RF.
I know that many are thinking now "What about A-Rod at SS?" While that might make some sense, I don't see Jeter moving off SS for Alex. Yes, it's an ego thing. Think Derek doesn't have an ego? He might move for a new free agent or a kid coming up, but, with A-Rod, that's an admission of "He's better than me" that I think Jeter would have a hard time accepting.

I completely agree about the whole "admitting A-Rod is better than him" thing, but I just can't see the Yankees asking Jeter to change positions with what he is to the franchise. I could see him moving if he volunteers to shift to 2B, but I think that's the only way a position change for Cap'n Clutch is going to go down.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (7-5 loss to Indianapolis)
Melky Cabrera: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B
Russ Johnson: 0 for 5
Kevin Thompson: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 1 for 5
Danny Garcia: 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Matt DeSalvo: 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - 7-2 GB/FB ratio
Colter Bean: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Erickson: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K - 14 of 18 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-2 win over New Britain)
Justin Christian: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Tyler Clippard: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HB
Francisco Butto: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K - 0-4 GB/FB ratio

High-A Tampa (6-2 loss to Sarasota)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K - miscalculation on my part yesterday, hit streak ends at 12 (not 13)
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 2, 2 BB
Tim Battle: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 CS - BA at .125, highest it's been all year
Irwil Rojas: 2 for 3
Jeff Marquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K - 8-0 GB/FB ratio, strongest outing of the season

Low-A Charleston (4-3 win over Kannapolis)
Austin Jackson: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB - took over league lead in RBI
Jose Gil: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 3 K
Wilkins DeLaRossa: 0 for 4, 4 K
Rolando Japa: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 2 HB
Jim Conroy: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

This is the last time I'm going to blab about the draft, I promise. Overall, I think Mangini did a good job with his first draft as a head coach, nabbing the best available players at 2 positions in D'Brickashaw (I had no idea he was a local kid, so I like the pick even more now) and Nick Mangold. I like the Kellen Clemens pick alot, but I'm pretty miffed about the Anthony Schlegel selection simply because I think he was drafted at least 1 round too soon. Mangini definitely went offense first in the this draft, taking only 2 defensive players at the time of this writing (the Jets still have 2 picks right now).
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