The Yanks have an interesting situation next season.
Johnny Damon, the LF, has had a great season and is a free agent.
Matsui, the DH, has had had a great season and is a free agent.
Most seem to think the Yanks really do need to bring Damon back because his swing is made for Yankee Stadium and he is so valuable in the clubhouse.
His LF defense leaves some to be desired, but he can play the OF and rotate at DH.
Matsui is likely to be gone because he can only play DH and the Yanks need flexibility there for veterans like Posasa/Arod/Jeter/Texiera/Damon if he comes back.
However, if the Yanks let Matsui go, as witnessed last night, that would be a major blow.
He has been excellent at number 5 this year...and I don't think Cano (with his inconsistancy with RISP) or Swisher (strike outs) or Posada (age and DP) are as good at the 5 hole.
Even so, losing Matsui takes away a clutch batter.
So my question, if we keep Damon and let Matsui go (which does seem to make the most sense), then how do we replace Matsui's production, because that bat WOULD be a big loss?
Rotating the DHs will not suffice, and to count on Damon/Swisher/Melky/Gardner to repeat this year WITHOUT Matsui to protect would be foolish.
Expacting AJAX to make an impact is also foolish.
I was wondering, do we have any options on an OF who could be a short term replacement for Matsui?
One that comes to mind is Nady.
Nobody talks about him, but he is a FA who has been hurt most of the year.
Now the question is, will he be healthy next year?
If so, I say yes because he is a good RF and he can bat 5 and help ease the loss of Matsui.
I say give Damon and Nady arbitraion or 1 year deals with a buyout.
It is better to overpay them short term than sign Bay.
The Yanks can not have too many more long term commitments as it could lead to an aging team in the future...PLUS they need LF open long term for Jeter/Arod.
My question to you
1) What do you think? What makes sense?
-Bring back Damon over Matsui...even if it means overpaying for 1 year so you save the LF spot long term?
2) Replacing Matsui?
-Have Nady do it and if not what FA is there?