Newsweek is reporting that the Yankees Priority is Johnny Damon not Hideki Matsui. I am glad that these reports are coming out now. I love Matsui and what he has done as a Yankee. He had a monster World Series and has made his mark in the big leagues. However, it is time for the Yankees to part ways with him. Damon can still hit, steal a bag here and there, and play left field about 30-50% of the time. Matsui is strictly a DH. He is also a very streaky hitter. When his knees are off he can’t hit period. Matsui’s knees are off more times then they are on. It’s unfortunate because of Matsui’s outstanding postseason and championship run but he should be done in New York.
The Yankees can start to groom Austin Jackson to take over in the outfield and move either Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner to Left. The Yankees could bridge the gap with Damon. In order for the Yankees to get younger and more athletic which is a said priority of GM Brian Cashman Matsui needs to go.
By Michael “Genevosey” Genovese