6 Aug 2007
Can anyone tell me exactly who the Yankees are bringing up to the bullpen? The Journal News has either Ramirez or Chamberlain, Newsday has Jim Brower, while the Post definitively states it’s Joba time.
While the speculation is interesting, the important thing is that the Yankees have broken a pattern by designating Mike Myers for assignment. Usually, they have coddled veterans and given them the benefit of the doubt at every turn. And, since Myers has the lowest ERA on the staff (2.66) it stood to reason that he would be safe if the Yankees decided to make a change. But, Myers was brought in with one job to do, get lefties out, and he isn’t doing it.
The Yankees may finally be willing to take some chances with younger players and while I still am uncertain about the Joba experiment, the overall trend is great. We will see if they stick with this when Jason Giambi is activated Tuesday. (the easy move is to demote Duncan, the right one is to DFA Cairo.)
We will know the identity of the "mystery pitcher" by 1pm when the Yankees play the Blue Jays.
UPDATE: Peter Abraham is reporting that it is Jim Brower. You can forget the stuff I wrote above about a new approach. Brower hasn’t been good since 2004 and while he has been closing well at Scranton, it’s hard to see how this will help.