The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are looking to deal Scott Olsen.
Should the Yankees be interested?
Hmmm…Olsen is left-handed – and that’s always nice in Yankee Stadium. He’s young – as he’ll just be 25-years old next season. He’s somewhat durable – as he’s been good for 31+ starts three years in a row now.
Statistically, he’s…um…interesting. Clearly, he’s helped by that big ballpark in Miami. His career ERA at home is 4.07 (in 325.3 IP) compared to his career ERA of 5.35 (in 254 IP) on the road. However, in 10 “inter-league” starts (facing the A.L.) his ERA is 2.89 (in 62.3 IP).
Yet, you cannot discount that Olsen is a 55-gallon drum of headache at times…having fought with opponents, teammates, his manager, and the police (in the past). No one knows this as well as Joe Girardi (who was his manager in 2006).
Still, if you could get a Scott Olsen for…say…a package of Ian Kennedy, Kei Igawa, Jose Veras, Michael Dunn and a decent chunk of cash (to cover Igawa’s salary) …maybe it’s worth the roll of the dice?