Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Um, Yankees? What the hell?
I saw you traded Scott Proctor for Wilson Betemit. Um... what the hell are you thinking?
I mean everyone knew that the biggest hole on this team is the middle relief. It stinks. It might be the very thing that ends the wonderful string of post season appearances and causes the Joe Torre era to end in a meaningless "play out the string" game in Baltimore on September 30th.
So what do you do? You deal away one of the only decent relievers you have for a guy without a position.
Look, I'm not saying Proctor is the second coming of Walter Johnson, but at least he wasn't a lock to let a run in every time he came up to the mound. He wasn't the problem!
And Betemit... beware of guys with lots of talent who can't hold jobs that are handed to them! If this guy was such a great talent, the Braves would have held on to him, let along the Dodgers.
By the way, another player who can't keep a job that has been handed to him is Kyle Farnsworth(less). Yup, the guy who showed up Torre and Posada and is complaining about his workload despite a bloated ERA is still hanging around.
The rumor mill had the Rockies and Tigers interested in him. If the Yankees got a ham sandwich, used Kleenex and a BetaMax copy of Howard the Duck... how could you not make that deal?