I just caught Jon Heyman on the MLB Network Hot Stove show this evening talking about the Roy Halladay trade – and he mentioned that the Yankees were willing to trade Jesus Montero to the Blue Jays for Halladay…but were unwilling to include Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in part of a package.
The Montero thing is not news to me – as Heyman wrote this yesterday:
Halladay’s two preferred teams were thought to be the Phillies and Yankees. Indications are the Yankees offered a package that included top catching prospect Jesus Montero as the centerpiece.
But, the refusal by the Yankees to include Hughes or Chamberlain is news – at least to me.
So, now, over the last two years, Brian Cashman has refused to part with Hughes or Chamberlain in a deal for Johan Santana or Roy Halladay. Wow.
I used to think that Jeff Weaver, Carl Pavano and Kei Igawa were the poster children for blown pitching decisions by Brian Cashman. But, there’s a good chance that Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes could take that title from those guys…
Yes, Joba and Phil are younger and cheaper than Santana and Halladay…and home-grown, etc. But, since the Cashman and the Yankees were willing to spend a half-billion dollars last year on Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira, you can’t say that the Yankees M.O. is all about building from within and saving money on salaries.
There’s a great chance that Johan Santana and Roy Halladay are heading to Cooperstown someday…as they are that good. Chamberlain and Hughes? Well, they’re still a looooooong way from heading to Cooperstown….and a quite a ways, yet, still, from being established and trust-worthy starting pitchers, period.
This is a gutsy call by Cashman. I just wish his gut calls had a better track record…