Mike Francesa thinks the Anthony Volpe situation is straightforward.
If the star shortstop prospect is ready, he makes the team. And if the New Jersey native ready, the Yankees play him. Every day.
“I’ve hoped all along that the Yankees would make a commitment to Volpe when he deserved it,” the WFAN legend said on a recent BetRivers podcast. “If he’s ready and they feel that he’s ready — they’re around him every day, and they know if he’s ready. If he’s ready, I don’t think economically that will be enough of a reason to hold him back. I think you put him on the team and let him be.
“It doesn’t mean he’s going to blossom into (Derek) Jeter. But if he’s ready to be there on a daily basis … you don’t bring him up here and out him on the bench. You bring him up here if he’s going to play. If he’s going to play every day, then you play him. If he’s not, then you don’t bring him up here.”
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Opening Day is nine days away. The Bombers will break camp in six and head back north. The decision on Volpe or Oswald Peraza (or Isiah Kiner-Falefa, technically) has to be made soon. The Yankees’ brain trust has begun the process. The odds likely favor Peraza given Volpe’s limited Triple-A experience. But the Delbarton product has been dynamite this spring. He looks ready. But only they know if he actually is. And we are about to find out how they feel.
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