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    Posted by on October 31st, 2006 · Comments (5)

    According to George King in the Post – the Yankees are interested in Jeff Suppan:

    The Yankees continue to hear from teams asking about Gary Sheffield, but it doesn’t appear they expect to get a starting pitcher in exchange for the slugger if they pick up his option with the intent of trading him.

    That’s why they are open to seeing what soon-to-be free agent right-hander Jeff Suppan, who played a big part in the Cardinals’ improbable journey to a World Series title, is looking for.

    “His name is on their list of pitching possibilities,” a member of another organization told The Post yesterday.

    This rings a bell.

    Comments on The Same Page?

    1. baileywalk
      October 31st, 2006 | 11:23 am

      No one gets it wrong more than George King.

      Hey, I wonder if it was Suppan’s agent who told King that the Yankees were interested in his client. Hmm, maybe. After all, EVERY available pitcher is on the Yankees’ radar. They need at least one starting pitcher, and the candidates are Matsuzaka, Zito, Schmidt, and at the very bottom of the list Suppan (or someone in a trade). There’s simply NO WAY, in my opinion, that Cashman would bring a guy like Suppan in unless he was dirt cheap. He’s a mediocre pitcher who only had “success” (and it did come with quotation marks) in the NL. He’s durable, but he’ll probably have a 5 ERA in the AL.

      I think the Yankees’ interest is ranked this way: 1. Matsuzaka, 2. Zito, 3. (someone they can trade for — Willis, etc.), a distant 4. Schmidt, a distant 5. (and maybe not at all, because his stuff is so average) Suppan.

      Again, just my opinion, but I’d be shocked — shocked! — if the Yankees went after Suppan.

    2. jonm
      October 31st, 2006 | 1:42 pm

      Signing Suppan would be a worse mistake than the Pavano and Wright signings were at the time of their signings.

      It is very likely that Suppan’s ERA would jump to close to 5 because of the AL-NL switch, but that possibility is even more likely given that he would be switching from a very good defensive team to an average (at best) defensive team. Suppan, if anything, absolutely needs a great defense behind him given that his K rate is under 5 per 9 innings.

      I just don’t believe that the Cashman-led Yankees would be so stupid. This does not even mention the fact that Suppan is going to cost about $10 million a year.

    3. RICH
      October 31st, 2006 | 4:28 pm

      Reading what Steve posted, it’s ANOTHER organization claiming Suppan’s on the Yankee’s “list of possibilities.” It’s not even a source with the Yankees.

      I hope everyone is on the Yankees’ list of possibilities to consider. If Suppan’s agent can convince other teams the Yankees are in the mix it’ll make the eventual Suppan winner pay more.

    4. zgveritas
      November 1st, 2006 | 12:11 am

      I think the Yankees should follow the same pattern next year which they did successfully last season.

      They need to wait until the trade deadline to pickup a player who can have an impact down the stretch and in the playoffs. Hopefully, injuries won’t be such a big factor and the Yankees can pickup a big game pitcher.

      In the meantime keep Moose.

    5. Raf
      November 1st, 2006 | 6:08 pm

      Suppan? Someone needs to be smacked

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