• File This Under…

    Posted by on March 19th, 2010 · Comments (4)

    Trades that almost happened:

    The Yankees are weighing a possible trade with San Diego for pitcher Matt Clement and outfielder Eric Owens, as well as separate deal for Colorado’s Pedro Astacio, after the Baltimore Orioles scuttled a proposed three-team, 11-player blockbuster trade that would have altered the Yankees’ lineup, rotation and bullpen.

    This proposal is on the table: The Yankees could trade Alfonso Soriano, a star infield prospect playing in Class AAA, along with Jason Grimsley, a major league pitcher, and Brandon Knight, a minor league pitcher, to the Padres for Clement, a hard-throwing right-hander, and Owens, who would fill the void in left field created by Shane Spencer’s season-ending knee injury. (source)

    Matt Clement and Eric Owens for Alfonso Soriano, Jason Grimsley, Brandon Knight and a major league pitcher? I’m glad the Yankees never pulled the trigger here. Clement and Owens were traded to the Marlins a year later and nether player lived up to expectations. Both are coincidentally no longer active.

    The aforementioned rumor came after the news that a three-team blockbuster between the Orioles, Yankees and Padres fell apart. That deal would have sent Clement, B.J. Surhoff and Donnie Wall to the Yankees in exchange for Soriano, Adrian Hernandez, Grimsley and Marcus Thames.

    The Yankees were attempting to limit the defensive responsibilities for David Justice and were previously linked to Milwaukee’s Jeromy Burnitz, Montreal’s Rondell White and allegedly turned down a swap of Oakland’s Matt Stairs for Randy Keisler. The Yankees also attempted to directly acquire Surhoff from the Orioles, but were reluctant to give up Soriano. They should have just traded for Stairs.

    The Yanks ended up not making any significant moves prior to the July 31st deadline. They did claim Jose Conseco off waivers and signed Luis Polonia during the first week of August.

    Comments on File This Under…

    1. Corey Italiano
      March 19th, 2010 | 1:13 pm

      Ugh Burnitz is a horrible baseball player, glad he never wore pinstripes.

      I was a fan of Surhoff, however.

    2. MJ Recanati
      March 19th, 2010 | 3:15 pm

      Hindsight being 20/20, I’m happy this trade never happened. At the time, however, it would’ve been a decent deal.

      I’m surprised the Yanks would’ve turned down Stairs for Keisler.

    3. 77yankees
      March 19th, 2010 | 9:04 pm

      Every team has those “What if?” deals that rise to the surface over the course of time.

      I heard in the mid-80s that the Yanks were close to acquiring Rick Sutcliffe & Ryne Sandberg and a couple other players from the Cubs for Willie Randolph, Dan Pasqua (then the Yanks can’t miss prospect) & Dennis Rasmussen, who was the Yanks #1 starter.

      I was bothered by that since Willie was one of our guys, but in hindsight, since Ryno was a Hall of Famer, would have been interesting if he’d suited up in pinstripes.

    4. Raf
      March 20th, 2010 | 7:18 am

      I remember that Pedro Astacio was highly regarded, but

      NY Times wrote:

      The Yankees will have to outbid both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox for Astacio, who has two years remaining on his contract for a total of about $15 million.

      The Blue Jays may be offering a package that includes one of their top young pitchers — perhaps Chris Carpenter or Roy Halladay — and Chicago is dangling Jon Garland, another good young pitcher, as well as others. Soriano is presumably in the package being offered by the Yankees, along with the Class AAA pitcher Adrian Hernandez, a Cuban defector.


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