Sunday, November 2, 2008
Damaso Marte in my opinion is one of the best late inning lefty relievers in the game today, letting him slip away is a huge mistake.
George King of the New York Post says the Yankees are likely to pass on Marte's 6 million dollar option (250,000$ buyout) and are likely to offer him a deal worth less(http://www.nypost.com/seven/11022008/sports/yankees/no_option_for_marte_136408.htm).
Here is the one beef i have with this decision, what if Marte doesnt want to return to the Yankees for less? would you really want to risk losing this dominant lefty to another ballclub? I know the Yankees like LHP Phil Coke, but he has only appeared in the majors for a short period of time(though he was very impressive). Here's a thought, pick up Marte's option, and instead of having Coke in your bullpen, try him in your rotation.
Now i've had some problems with George King before, with his thoughts on Mike Cameron, and personally... i don't know where he gets his information from, but i'm not going to believe this until i see it.
Yankees, just a word of advice, you've regretted losing this guy once before, why would you wan't to regret losing him again?