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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Shef to 3B? 

By know we've all heard about the offer that Shef made to the Yankees for him to play 3B next season with Boone possibly out all season. Does this make sense? Not really. Of course it should be easier to find a replacement outfielder than it would a replacement thirdbaseman, but barring a trade for an OF, then it's not going to be easy. We don't want Bernie back playing the OF if at all possible. He'd end up in LF if Shef took over 3B and Matsui would probably end up in RF and Tony Clark would be the everyday DH, which would be quite scary. What we would need is to bring in a RF. Is there anyone left? Well, the only decent guy out there is Mondesi, and he is NOT going to be a Yankee any time soon. Too bad this didn't happen before Juan Gonzalez signed - he's tempermental and injury-prone, but he can smoke the ball (then again, so can Vlad...). So unless the Yanks can trade for a decent outfielder, their options are going to be Houston, Bordick, Ventura, Beltre, Blum, Coomer, etc. Definately an undesireable lot.

And for those people thinking that Jeter should move to 3B and then we should find a SS, there aren't any more SS out there than 3B. Of course Bordick is a SS, but I'm sure he's talented enough to man the hot corner (if he wants to come out of retirement).

Unless the Yankees can manufacture a trade by trading spare parts and barely-mediocre minor leaguers (and cash, of course), then they are going to have one unproductive position in their lineup. Which, by the way, is about 2 or 3 less unproductive spots than most teams. So we Yankee fans should thank our lucky stars that the rest of the team is good enough to pick up the slack left by the absence of, very possibly, our worst everyday player.
# posted by shawn : 1/28/2004 02:30:00 PM -
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