What are these, you may be asking yourself? Why, they're Nick Johnson's OBPs from his last four fully healthy seasons (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009). Can you believe the Yankees traded a .422 on-base percentage (in addition to Juan Rivera and Randy Choate) for Javier Vazquez? At the time I didn't think much of it, but now it kinda blows me away.
OK, so Nick the Stick has had some difficulty staying healthy over the years, but given that he's available for only money, the Yankees have a need at DH, and if you take him off the field he should be far less likely to injure himself, I am going to continue to bang the drum for an N the S return to pinstripes. Especially when Brian Cashman is quoted as saying something like the following:
As per Tyler Kepner, Brian Cashman has discussed the flood of free agent designated hitters on the market and the Yankees’ existing options at the D.H. spot.
“We have Jorge Posada, we have Mark Teixeira, we have A-Rod,” Cashman said. “We have a number of players who can swing over on their days of rest. We have people that we can play at that position, internally, right now. I’m not trying to oversell anything, but Juan Miranda will do a nice job against right-handed pitching as a D.H., if that’s what we have to do."
No, no, no and no. The role is called designated hitter, not designated punt a spot in the lineup because you think one of your $100 million players needs a day off in the field. Brian, what happens when you play A-Rod or Posada at DH? Ramiro Pena and his .312 wOBA or Frankie Cervelli and his Molinian .283 wOBA get to start and deduct three automatic outs from you. Not to knock on Pena and Cervelli as backups, but they should never see more than a handful of at-bats per
There were some Twitter rumblings yesterday that the Yankees are now expected to resign Hideki Matsui at some point this winter, which is more than good with me. Bill James has Matsui only shedding 12 points of wOBA next year.
But again, if Matsui doesn't work out, I would absolutely love to see Nick Johnson, that sweet lefthanded swing tailor-made for the right field porch and his .402 career OBP plugged into the two hole.