from the New York Times today,
"Poor relief pitching by the Yankees was one obvious reason the Los Angeles Angels won, 10-6, at Yankee Stadium last night. Tyler Clippard, the rookie right-hander making his second major-league start, was removed after only four innings by Manager Joe Torre, a curious decision that backfired.
But a potentially more significant replacement came in the seventh when Johnny Damon, the center fielder, left the game for a pinch-hitter after going 0 for 3 and failing to catch several fly balls near him, including one that bounced off his glove.
Damon, a 13-year veteran who has never been on the disabled list, said that he had a recurrence of calf cramps in both legs and now had a sore Achilles’ tendon in his right leg. When asked whether Damon might go on the disabled list, Torre and Damon acknowledged the possibility."
The Yanks need relief (Weathers? but...is there ANY chance they take back Stanton - I doubt it)
and they also need Freel. He is the perfect supersub! He would light a fire under that team and he's Torre's kind of player (Torre loved Casey too). He could play centerfield while Damon gets his cramps issues together. Also, I've gotta believe the Yankees know that ARod is going to leave after this year and get even more money from the Angels. This opens a hole at third. Yes, Freel is one very important safe step for the Yankees. I believe they would overpay for him - and maybe for one of our pitchers as well.
I'm not sure if we should throw Weathers and the season completely away, but this is an interesting need and the Yankees are getting desperate for a change - just as much as we REdszoners.
might have a good match here.
Question is - We are never goihng to get Hughes from the Yankees. For those of you who know more about the NY farm system, who would we want for, say, Weathers and Freel?? or Lohse and Freel??