- Promote Amed Rosario. Yes, they want to preserve the Super Two thing by holding him back until June, but the team needs to make changes NOW. Disable Asdrubel Cabrera as you should have done in the first place and insert Rosario at shortstop every day and leading off.
- Release Curtis Granderson or tell him to get real comfy on the bench. You can’t keep trotting out a .144 hitter more than 125 ABs into the season.
- With Rosario up and T.J. Rivera being productive at 3B, consider releasing Jose Reyes. When Cabrera returns, that’s a nice problem to have – finding ABs for Rosario, Rivera and Cabrera.
- If you’re not ready to sever ties with Reyes, then have him play either LF or CF with Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce taking the other two outfield spots. Given him until the All-Star break or when Yoenis Cespedes returns to prove he’s got something left in the tank. If not, wave bye-bye.
- Shake up the bullpen. Granted, we have some small sample sizes, but the 7-8-9 guys should be Sewald, Robles (his one bad outing notwithstanding) and Reed. Fernando Salas is not getting it done. Let him get some rest from Collins burnout. Jerry Blevins seems to work best in his LOOGY role. The same goes for Josh Edgin. Release Rafael Montero. Promote Alberto Baldonado straight up to the majors and out of pitching Hell in Las Vegas. He was perfect in Binghamton and not a kid at 24.
Posted by Reese Kaplan at 1:00 PM
It’s time to shake things up
No, I am not here to call for Terry Collins’ head. I’ve done that many times and I doubt it’s going to happen since much of what’s wrong has to do with injuries and not his ongoing incompetence.
Let’s try a different approach.
What you can’t do is continuing to trot out the hitters that aren’t getting it done and the bullpen arms that are falling off. A good manager would adjust, but that’s not the point today. Change what’s not working. It can’t get worse.