Alright, this week, the Yanks looked more like a .500 team, and the rest of our teams didn't do anything stupid, at least not as stupid as waiving Slade Heathcott over a predictable 40 man roster crunch -- in MAY! Sheesh. Alright, let's take a look.
Yanks: We've been talking about the Yanks roster problems for a few years here, and they're right back into them this year. The other day they released Slade Heathcott, a former first round pick, who'd been injured a bit, but who also hit the biggest homerun of the season for the Yanks last year. Banged up as he's been because he plays hard, his upside is Brett Gardner, but with a vastly better arm and better power. You don't waive that because your jackass manager keeps running through relievers, and your old team keeps getting injured. Speaking of first rounders, the draft is starting on Thursday, June 9th. The Yanks still have all their picks, but haven't picked up any extras through the competitive balance market. Rumor has it that they are looking for a bat with pick 18.
Giants: The Giants will continue OTA's this week, and I think all the way to their mandatory training camp in June. Then they'll be off until training camp starts on July 28th. They still haven't done anything about the OL, and clock is still ticking. The June 1 market isn't what it used to be, because of the early designations teams can make. We'll see if there's something they can do, or whether they've missed all their opportunities.
Rangers: Five Rangers are going to play in the World Cup of Hockey -- let's hope they don't get hurt. Perhaps it is because the Cup final that the Rangers haven't started making moves. Other teams have. The Rangers are still without a first of second rounder in the coming draft, and that's due to their own shortsightedness. Their advantage during this era has been their scouting department, and so they have blunted that advantage by constantly trading away picks for old players for Cup runs that never turned up a Cup. They have to do better.
Knicks: Phil Jackson isn't especially predictable, and has not yet introduced Jeff Hornacek as the new coach. Who knows when he will? Meanwhile, rumors abound that the Knicks are looking to add picks, and while it's long been thought they'd pick up a second or two, word today is that they are looking for a first. I wish this was a slightly better draft, because then I'd want to start the tear down now, and there are packages we could build to get into the lottery, but I'm not sure the transformative talent is there in this draft.
Things are looking up for me, and I hope they are for all of you, too.