• Stick Weighs In On Johan, Hughes, & Kennedy

    Posted by on November 29th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    Via Andrew Marchand, 1050 ESPN New York -

    New York Yankees vice president Gene Michael said Wednesday he would consider trading Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy in a trade for Johan Santana, but warned the Yankees have to factor in Santana’s contract demands befoe making any deal.

    During an interview on 1050 ESPN New York’s Max Kellerman Show, Kellerman asked Michael if he would be philosphically against putting either Hughes or Kennedy in a deal.

    “I would think about it,” Michael said. “I would very seriously consider putting one of them in the deal.”

    “I like them both,” said Michael, who owns a very influential voice in the Yankees organization. “I think both of them are going to be good pitchers. I can’t tell how long or how well they are going to pitch, but I think they both are going to be good pitchers.”

    Michael added that Santana’s contract demands will be a factor in if the Yankees make a deal.

    “I would love to have him on our team next year, but is the contract going to be too much?” Michael said. “Is it too many years? Are the players you are going to put in there, are they too much? We don’t know exactly what it is going to take.”

    I think both of them are going to be good pitchers. I can’t tell how long or how well they are going to pitch, but I think they both are going to be good pitchers.

    Note that Stick said “good” – twice – and not “very good” or “great.” That’s interesting to me.

    Perhaps another sign that Phil Hughes is as “good” as dealt if indeed the Yanks and Twins swing a deal here.

    Comments on Stick Weighs In On Johan, Hughes, & Kennedy

    1. Rich
      November 29th, 2007 | 3:42 pm

      I think that Stick is merely being careful in the words he chooses because of the sensitivity of the topic.

    2. MJ
      November 29th, 2007 | 3:46 pm

      I think you’re reading too far between the lines here. Maybe Stick is just playing it close to the vest? Maybe he’s just not a “very good” or “great” kind of guy?

    3. Pete
      November 29th, 2007 | 3:54 pm

      >> I think that Stick is merely being careful in the words he chooses because of the sensitivity of the topic. >>

      Agreed – he can’t gush about guys the Yanks might actually trade away now, can he?

    4. TheHall
      November 29th, 2007 | 3:59 pm

      I think he might just be saying good so the twins can’t use that leverage in the deal.

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