LADY AT THE BAT: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Now?"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Now?"

Now that the 2008 season has ended for the Yankees, that old song by The Clash has gotten stuck in my head: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" It's a song and it's also a question that needs to be answered by several people on and/or affiliated with the team.

Brian Cashman is one of those people and, as everyone knows by now, he answered the question today with a "yes," signing a 3-year deal to remain as GM. Now he and the rest of the front office will have to decide if some other people will stay or go. Not that they care (lol) but, here's what I think they should do:

Jason Giambi-- He should go. He's a great teammate; he's loved by everyone in the Yankee Clubhouse. But, this means nothing from a fan's perspective. His numbers aren't what they were before he stopped using steroids. Besides, he'll be 37 years old on his next birthday. The Yankees need to get younger, not older.

Andy Pettitte-- Go. He got a clean bill of health when he had his arm looked at a few weeks ago but the Yankees shut him down and he missed making his last start or two. That arm of his scares me. Besides, he'll be 37 years old on his next birthday as well. The Yankees still need to get younger, not older.

Mike Mussina-- Stay! Moose totally re-invented himself this season after being left for dead, so to speak, last year. He learned to pitch inside and won 20 games for the Yankees this year. He is, hands down, the team MVP and, without him, the Yankees wouldn't have finished as well as they did this year. I know, he'll be 40 years old on his next birthday. But, I can over-look that if he's going to pitch as well as he pitched this year.

Bobby Abreu-- Stay. Although he has a great throwing arm, he is still a below-average outfielder. That being said, the guy is a professional hitter. I'd love for him to come back as the Yankees' full-time DH. I don't know what I'd do with Hideki Matsui, however. But I'm not a GM so, that's really not my problem, lol!

Other minor pieces of the puzzle include Robinson Cano (Keep him; one bad year doesn't a bad player make.); Melky Cabrera (His trade value is low but see what you can get for him).; Ian Kennedy (Give him another shot but keep his leash short and listen to any and all offers for him.); and, Phil Hughes (Were the glasses the answer? Time will tell, but give him the time.).

So, who will stay and who will go? Hopefully there won't be too much of a "clash" before the decisions are made.



Barbara Peterson said...

C'mon! Just cuz the Yankees aren't in the playoffs... you can talk about the Red Sox! ; )

Bernadette Pasley said...

I talk about them on my radio show: That should be enough, shouldnt' it. Lol, just kidding!