• Scott Olsen

    Posted by on October 26th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    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?

    Comments on Scott Olsen

    1. butchie22
      October 26th, 2008 | 6:45 pm

      No one wants Yankee garbage like Igawa and Kennedy. Look at what they got from Detroit for Dontrelle and Miguel Cabrera, a king’s ransom. That package would be more like Hughes, Veras, Austin Jackson and another young flamethrower. Sorry, but the Marlins are hard to deal with.

    2. October 26th, 2008 | 7:28 pm

      Yeah, but, we’re talking about a pitcher who’s not a Johan Santana, and one that comes with heavy baggage. How much can they expect for Olsen?

      Kennedy and Igawa are not great. But, they would be insurance for Andrew Miller. And, the cost of the two would be nada – if the Yanks pay Igawa’s contract. Plus, Veras and Dunn could be useful parts in a pen…

    3. October 26th, 2008 | 10:22 pm

      Figuring someone out there will have the snot-nose itch and ask the question…let me beat them to the punch…

      Would I trade Hughes for Olsen?

      Without talking to Joe Girardi, no. I don’t know enough about Olsen. However, if I talked to Girardi and he gave a very good report on Olsen, then, yes, I would do it – because I already know what needs to be known about Hughes…well, at least I hope the Yankees know Hughes by now.

    4. butchie22
      October 26th, 2008 | 10:59 pm

      Problem is that the Marlin payroll is going up next year and they would definitely want good cheap talent in return. Kennedy is mediocre at best, Igawa is dreadful and in essence the Marlins know talent. Kennedy and Igawa are junk compared to other pieces they (the Marlins) could get elsewhere. At this point, why would any team in their right mind waste a roster spot for Igawa. Cash Man should have traded him to the Pads for a proverbial bag of balls! Loria, Samson, Beinfest know talent, even though they screwed up with Girardi.

    5. Raf
      October 27th, 2008 | 9:43 am

      Yeah, I don’t see the Marlins agreeing to that package, headache or no.

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