AL BEast Notebook – March 27
The Yankees made two moves this week, trading for Vernon Wells and signing Lyle Overbay to a “minor league contract.” Wells is expected to start the season in left field and Overbay is likely to be the Opening Day first baseman.
These moves practically scream “My name is Brian Cashman, I screwed up and it’s time to panic.”
Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner had a plan to be more “financially responsible” and prudent and look for low-cost alternatives. They brought in Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson, Matt Diaz, Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco to be backup and injury replacements and obviously none of them can be depended on for even one month!
Sure, no one can really predict injuries. Who knew that Mark Teixeira would tear his wrist tendon sheath hitting off a tee, and Curtis Granderson would break his arm getting hit by a J.A. Happ pitch? But that’s why you get backups, so you can plug the holes in the ship and stay the course for a few weeks. Eric Chavez and Raul I...