Brian Cashman and the Yankees have had a tough off-season. First they lost out on Cliff Lee, and they never got a shot at Carl Crawford. There was the Derek Jeter ugliness and the Rafael Soriano contract Cashman never wanted. To make matters worse, Andy Pettitte pulled a Brett Favre and kept the Yankees waiting all winter before deciding he was done.
And now the Yankees are said to be considering Scott Kazmir as a trade target to replace Pettitte. We know the Rays have had trouble against their former pitchers at times, but boy the Yankees are in trouble if they think Kaz can help them.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays still haven’t officially added Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to the roster. Marc Topkin says that won’t happen until “early this week” when the Rays clear two spots on the 40-man roster. Still no word on how the Rays will clear those spots. [TampaBay.com]
- Jonah Keri, author of the upcoming book about the Rays, “The Extra 2%,” may be one of three finalists to replace Rob Neyer at ESPN.com. [Big Lead Sports]
- Marc Topkin has everything you wanted to know about Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. [TampaBay.com]