CBS Sports' Bubba Crosby Page offers this advice for fantasy players:
He’s obviously lost any chance he had of earning playing time with the Yankees, but this could be a good thing for his long-term Fantasy value. If he ends up getting at-bats for a different team, he could have a little value in extremely larger leagues. That said, go ahead and drop him if you need the roster space.
Alas, that probably sums it up in real life, too. Bubba's best chance may lie with a different team. It's clear the Yankees aren't going to give him a real shot.
I just wish the Yankees had given Bubba the same chance that Robby Cano and Melky Cabrera got. If he'd gotten that, he'd have hit well enough, I think. He hits when he gets regular at-bats.
But instead, Torre benched Bubba in order to play the likes of Kenny Lofton, Tony Womack, Ruben Sierra, and Matt Lawton. Sigh. If he'd only gone with Bubba instead. The Yanks would have won more games and Bubba would have had a chance to prove himself. (There's no way he'd be worse than those guys were, at least the last three years.) Thinking about the lost opportunities is enough to make you cry.
No word yet on Bubba's current situation. I'm not even sure if he's been placed on waivers yet. I think it's three business days, so the earliest he could clear waivers is probably Wednesday. FWIW, when Aaron Small was DFA'd, it was ten days from the DFA announcement to the "cleared waivers and assigned to Columbus" announcement.
In the meantime, I'll go back to doing what I did while Bubba was on the DL: post "Bubba flashbacks." This link isn't really a flashback, since it was posted only Friday, but it's about the Yankee "family tree" - where players came from. I left off last time about the time Bubba was traded to the Yankees, so it seems like a good place to start.Where did you come from, Cotton Eye Joe?
So the Yanks have 8 players (the Amateur Free Agents + Drafted Yankees) who came up through the system. Scott Proctor and Bubba Crosby were mid-Minor League career development projects as well. So of the 31 players here, 11 of them could be considered partially or fully home grown. That’s not too bad.
I've always felt that way, too. Even though Bubba was drafted by the Dodgers, I consider him at least partly a homegrown Yankee.