Wednesday, July 13, 2011
So the All-Star game is now over and it would now appear that the AL domination over the NL is over. It doesn't help that some of the premier AL pitchers have moved to the NL (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee), but it also doesn't help that a guy like Prince Fielder can launch a 3-run homerun on command. And that shortly after dropping a pop fly that seemed to hit off his wrist. But Fielder isn't there because of his spry cat-like defense he's there for his bat, and at the end of this season, he's a free agent. So here's the question: with the pitching market looking weak as ever, should the Yankees consider adding a permanent DH in Prince Fielder? Of course the cost will be enormous, but the the truth is, we may very well need to add offense to off set weaknesses in our rotation. Right now, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia are major players in our rotation, and you simply can't rely on that for a second season. We have some promising young pitchers, but you have to give them time to develop and you have to give them run support. Then we need to consider the facts, A-Rod's health issues are indicative of a player who's aging and potentially declining. It happens. When healthy he should still produce, but can we really expect A-Rod to hit 40 homeruns and have 100 RBI's as he used to? However, Prince Fielder's a big guy, and a super long term contract, the kind the Yankees are known to give, may just be setting us up for similar problems down the road. But the question remains, do we acquire a bat like Fielder's to make up for what could potentially be a weak rotation next season?