• Pennsylvania To The Rescue?

    Posted by on July 29th, 2006 · Comments (7)

    From Newsday

    Yankees officials expressed optimism that some of the deals they have discussed recently have a good chance to get done. The most likely trade partners are the Phillies and Pirates.

    If it’s Philadelphia, the Yankees could enhance their starting rotation with the addition of former Yankee Jon Lieber and add some pop and patience to their lineup by acquiring rightfielder Bobby Abreu.

    The Phillies continue to ask for high-level prospects, but the Yankees maintain they shouldn’t have to give up major prospects because they would be assuming more than $40 million in contracts for the two veterans. The Yankees also are interested in starter Cory Lidle.

    If it’s the Pirates with whom the Yankees do business, the salaries of outfielder Craig Wilson and reliever Roberto Hernandez are relatively modest, though it might cost the Yankees more in legitimate prospects.

    Hernandez is 41-years-old and Wilson is a free agent after this season. If the Pirates want very good prospects for them, I would tell them to go fish.

    If I was a betting man, I think the Yankees-Phillies connection is more likely. Just guessing, I’m saying that it’s going to be Lieber and Abreu for Marcos Vechionacci, Steven White, Jeff Marquez, and either Matt Smith or T.J Beam.

    But, that’s just a wild guess – based on no facts whatsoever.

    Comments on Pennsylvania To The Rescue?

    1. baileywalk
      July 29th, 2006 | 12:00 pm

      Seems like a random group of prospects. Steven White’s name keeps getting mentioned with the Pirates, but his stock has to be dipping with the way he’s pitched in AAA. He started out strong, but lately he’s been bombed.

      I really, really hope the Yankees don’t take on Roberto Hernandez. He’s awful. He’s been awful this year in the NL. He will get smoked. I can see it in my head now: him coming in with that pitiful fastball that he hurls right down the plate. Balls flying out of the yard left and right. Him coming in in the seventh inning and unable to get an out. He’s nothing great in the NL, but he needs to stay there at this point of his career. Getting him would be a big mistake.

      One aspect of Cashman’s job no one talks about is that every team in baseball tries to rape the Yankees. The Pirates wanted Hughes for Wilson. The Royals wanted Tabata for Redman. I hear this and it makes me ill.

      Since the Philly fans hate Abreu anyway, I don’t understand this concern about “we have to get something back for him.” What they’re getting back is major financial relief. And that’s more than enough.

      My only fear about Bobby playing rightfield in Yankee Stadium is who plays the other corner. Will it be Melky… or Bernie? Or will we see Bernie as a DH to get him into the lineup and Giambi playing first? You just know Torre won’t sit idly by while his main man is out of the lineup.

    2. July 29th, 2006 | 2:20 pm

      Next year is what scares me with Abreu.

      You know that Matsui and Damon will be there. If Abreu is here, Sheff is gone in 2007.

      But, then, what about Mekly?

      Unless the Yankees would play Melky everyday, shifting between LF and RF – with Matsui and Abreu splitting time at DH. It’s the only way that all three can play.

    3. Don
      July 29th, 2006 | 2:25 pm

      I still don’t get the need for Abreu and picking up his ridiculous contract.

      Matsui will return within weeks.

      Abreu will not make the difference between winning a WS or not.

    4. July 29th, 2006 | 3:36 pm

      Could be a keep-away effort too by New York.

    5. Don
      July 29th, 2006 | 5:08 pm

      This team cannot afford stupid keep-away trades.

      As we witness yet another RJ meltdown. And the bullpen abuse will continue.

      But hey! Let’s add Abreu, maybe he can pitch.

    6. jonm
      July 29th, 2006 | 6:59 pm

      I like the possibility of acquiring Abreu. He is a very good hitter and a useful all-around player. Nate Silver had a good piece up on Baseball Prospectus the other day that said that Abreu would be worth 1.5 wins for the Yankees. Given the tightness of the race, that’s significant.

      It makes sense for the Yankees to acquire a hitter instead of a pitcher if they can get more bang for the buck in the hitter market. Those who constantly cry out for more pitching forget that winning is not only about preventing the opponent from scoring runs but also about SCORING RUNS yourself. Plus, even without injuries, the Yankees were short a hitter at the beginning of the season. They’ve all ready paid for this by giving too many ABs to Bernie and Phillips.

    7. RICH
      July 29th, 2006 | 7:42 pm

      “One aspect of Cashman’s job no one talks about is that every team in baseball tries to rape the Yankees.”

      Do you think Cashman doesn’t ask for outlandish deals either? I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. Do you think that teams make sensible offers to every other team except to the Yankees who they try “to rape?”

      It sounds a little too Yankee-centric to me.

      Like most things, there’s probably a percentage of GM’s who always make rational offers, a similar percentage who never do, and the middle group is the majority.

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