• Dontrelle Willis

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2006 · Comments (5)

    From the Post:

    Yankees scout Jim Benedict watched the Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis pitch yesterday in St. Petersburg. The club didn’t have a scout at the first two Marlins-Devil Rays games. It’s significant that Benedict went because Cashman trusts his evaluation of pitchers. The Marlins are expected to trade Willis before the July 31 deadline.

    This is strictly a gut-feel-thing, but, when I hear that the Yankees are interested in Dontrelle Willis, the only thing that comes to my mind is the Britt Burns deal from 1985.

    This does not mean that I would be against a deal for D-Train. It just means that I would be very careful to only give up spare parts and Grade C prospects in the trade.

    I hope, if the Yankees are after Willis, that Cashman has the same spider-sense warning signals that I have on this one – and proceeds accordingly.

    Comments on Dontrelle Willis

    1. baileywalk
      May 22nd, 2006 | 3:52 pm

      Steve, I don’t get where Britt Burns comes into this. I think Willis will flame out in the AL, but I don’t think his hip will fall apart (or that he’ll fail because of an injury).

      I just think he’s an average pitcher with average stuff who blows by NL lineups (and he hasn’t even been doing that this year). The only way to get Willis is to give up Hughes, which would be the biggest mistake this team can make. I don’t think Yankee fans want to go through what Mets fans go through every time they see Scott Kazmir dominate some team. Hughes will be up in a year or two — and even now I think he’s better than Willis.

      Let the Sox or Mets have him.

    2. JohnnyC
      May 22nd, 2006 | 3:58 pm

      bailey, hopefully it’s just due diligence on Cash’s part because you never know who the bidders are going to be if and when Willis is auctioned off. You would think that, by now, AL GMs would realize that importing pitching from the NL is a dubious proposition at best. Beckett included (there’s plenty of season to go).

    3. MJ
      May 22nd, 2006 | 4:00 pm

      I can’t imagine the Marlins would give Willis up for anything resembling “spare parts and Grade C prospects.” Furthermore, I can’t imagine the Marlins would trade with the Yanks when they can trade with their benefactors, the Boston Red Sox.

      I would rather roll the dice and potentially fail with our prospects than to continue this endless cycle of trading away our own for someone else’s players. If it means we miss the playoffs this year, so be it. No one can take away our great run of WS titles or the 8 division banners. If missing the playoffs (and I’m not conceding anything at this point) for 1 season means we get our version of Kazmir up in the Bronx in 2007-2008, it’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make in a heartbeat.

      Mets suck for trading Kazmir…and that point is proven each time he starts nowadays. Lets not repeat the mistakes of those Orange & Blue guys across town.

    4. brockdc
      May 22nd, 2006 | 11:28 pm

      Amen, MJ.

    5. JohnnyC
      May 23rd, 2006 | 2:05 pm

      The Yankees are in a tough, tough place. They have a manager and an owner (and, admittedly, a large part of their fan base)who are obsessed with playing for today. The manager because he’s got 2 years left on his career much less his contract and the owner because, well, that’s George. On the other hand, the strength of the rebuilt farm system is in the low minors where many of their best prospects are still in their teens. To properly develop these talents, they’ll need 2 maybe three years at least before their ETA in the Bronx. But 2 or 3 years does no good for Torre or George. Can Cashman hold the line on trading away Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, Eric Duncan, Jose Tabata, et al. for a quick-fix veteran (even for someone like Willis)? One clue is that Cashman’s contracted to be the GM when the new Yankee Stadium opens in 2009, two years after Torre’s contract expires.

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