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Around the Yankees Galaxy - 5/17/10

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<strong>Jorge Posada</strong> of the New York Yankees points to manager <strong>Joe Girardi</strong> and says "I want to DH more often." This is why Posada's leadership is invaluable.
Jorge Posada of the New York Yankees points to manager Joe Girardi and says "I want to DH more often." This is why Posada's leadership is invaluable.

With Nick Johnson out for awhile (and let's face it, with him, just about any injury is potentially season-ending), the Yankees currently have no regular DH.  Further compounding the problem is that Curtis Granderson, while not seriously injured, still has an iffy timetable for returning to duty.  With Brett Gardner sliding over to center field, and Girardi using the DH spot to give the regulars a day off, it unfortunately means far too many at-bats for Ramiro Pena, Marcus Thames, Juan Miranda, Greg Golson, and Randy Winn

Ordinarily, this wouldn't be the end of the world, but with Jeter, Tex, and A-Rod still not playing up to form, it's a problem. I think there is an easy solution: Jorge Posada DHs and Francisco Cervelli catches about five days a week, with Thames and Winn platooning in left field.

I think this option is clearly the best, as Cervelli is good enough to catch for at least half the teams in baseball right now, and this puts both the best defense and offense on the field most days.  It also keeps Jorge fresh for later in the season. Of course, this requires the type of outside-the-box thinking that most managers hate, so I'm not holding my breath.

  • Katie Sharp of ESPN takes a look at where A-Rod's power has gone.  It doesn't appear to be any serious cause for alarm, but like a few others, the sooner he can get going again, the better.
  • It's About the Money makes a solid, detailed (translation: long) argument against a salary cap in baseball.