• Source: Cano & Joba Not Going Anywhere

    Posted by on November 28th, 2007 · Comments (6)

    From the Star Ledger

    To acquire pitcher Johan Santana, the Yankees are willing to consider trading center fielder Melky Cabrera as well as one of their top young pitchers.

    But right-hander Joba Chamberlain and second baseman Robinson Cano would be off-limits, according to a person with knowledge of the trade talks who asked not to be named because the discussions are in the preliminary stages.

    The Yankees are apparently willing to consider moving Cabrera, who hit .291 with 58 RBI after taking over as the Yankees’ regular center fielder, because they told the agent for free-agent center fielder Aaron Rowand they would have interest in Rowand if they trade Cabrera.

    That conversation was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the conversation who asked not to be named because the Yankees like to keep their free-agent pursuits under the radar. The agent, Craig Landis, said only that the interest in Rowand — a strong defender who this year with Philadelphia hit .309 with 27 homers and 89 RBI — “is strong and has picked up” since center fielder Torii Hunter came off the market, signing with the Angels. Landis said “nothing is imminent” as far as Rowand’s signing.

    One person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak for the teams involved, said he expects the competition for Santana to come down to the Yankees and Red Sox. The Red Sox, he said, might be willing to meet Minnesota’s need for a young center fielder with Jacoby Ellsbury but are not willing to move pitcher Clay Buchholz.

    The person said the Dodgers could get involved if they decide not to move young talent for Florida third baseman Miguel Cabrera and that the Mets do not seem to have the type of players the Twins seek.

    Well, if this is true, at least one of the big three is safe.

    Comments on Source: Cano & Joba Not Going Anywhere

    1. Rich
      November 28th, 2007 | 4:34 pm

      I think it’s quite possible that Hughes will have a better career than Joba. Perhaps this report is inaccurate or incomplete, but Hughes should be untouchable as well. If he isn’t, then I am concerned about the Yankees’ decision-making process, and would suspect that Cashman is losing power.

    2. jonm
      November 28th, 2007 | 4:39 pm

      I was just going to write what Rich wrote. Add Hughes to the untouchable catgory and I feel much less ambivalent about the deal.

    3. Straylightrise
      November 28th, 2007 | 4:42 pm

      i dont have a problem with trading cabrera as long as we get aaron rowand.

    4. November 28th, 2007 | 4:58 pm

      please no Rowand! he had a career year in a bandbox and is looking for a Torii-type deal. no way. IF Melky is traded, i’d rather try to sign Andruw to 1 or 2 years or just plug in Gardner.

    5. November 28th, 2007 | 5:12 pm

      forgot to mention to a post in a previous thread. someone wrote something akin to: ‘in 5 years Betances, McCutchen or Brackman could be as good as Hughes.’ this is true in the sense that anything’s possible but you must remember that Brackman (22) and McCutchen (25) are already older than Hughes (21) while having far less success for their ages. Brackman wont be in the Bronx until at least 2009. McCutchen has a (very) outside chance of helping the team in 08. Hughes IS going to help the team in 08 – as a 21-year-old who dominated the minors (way ahead of the curve compared to MCCutchen and Brackman).

      I say Hughes will be better than Santana within 5 years. he should be on the untouchable list too. i dont want to part with Melky, Horne, Kennedy, Tabata, Ajax, Montero or Betances, but would reluctantly to acquire Johan.

    6. brockdc
      November 28th, 2007 | 9:03 pm

      “…the Yankees like to keep their free-agent pursuits under the radar.”


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