Sunday, October 22, 2006
Sheffield and Mussina - Time To Move On
When the '07 season starts, slugger Gary Sheffield will be 38, and right-hander Mike Mussina will be 39 and expensive. Gentleman, thank you very much for your time and service, and we wish you some success at your next team because it can't possibly be with the Yankees.
The proposition of exercising Mussina's $20 million option went awry when he failed to hold a two run lead at home in the playoffs. Removing him from the roster opens the door for Karstens, Hughes, or Pavano - all younger, all multiple million dollars less expensive all have potential to be brilliant big league pitchers.
Look, it is hard enough to make it to the BIGS at any position and to think that Sheffield can become an MLB level first baseman in a few months is insulting to the alumni of Mattingly and Martinez. How many plays, and runs are we willing to sacrifice at this experiment? First base needs to be played by first baseman - Philips, Wilson, and Giambi. Not Sheffield.
What about his offense? Who cares about damn offense! It is offensive to think that matters! We have offense (Damon, Jeter, Abreu, A-Rod, Matsui, Canoe, Giambi, Posada, Cabrera), we need to solidify the defense to get ring number 27 - plain and simple.