(Courtesy of Robert Sabo/NY Daily News)
The Yankee bench wasn't going to be very good this year. We knew that going in when they started scraping the bottom of the barrel to bring guys like Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz into spring camp to compete for a spot. The whole lotta nothing that the team did to address its holes in the lineup trickled down big time to the bench, where guys who were better suited for part-time roles got forced into everyday duty and there was nobody left to replace them on the bench. Well, nobody who could produce at a replacement level.
It was a non-stop revolving cast of characters on the Yankee bench this year, necessitated by injuries, poor performance, ownership's tight grip on the payroll, and sometimes just the need to have a warm body at a position. If you read the "What We Thought We Knew/What We Learned" post from last week, you know this isn't going to be pretty.