Some interesting bits from Joel Sherman today -
In exchange for [Roy] Oswalt, the Astros received left-hander J.A. Happ and two prospects — outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar.
Executives from multiple teams complained they had no idea the Astros were willing to include $11 million of the $23.5 million owed Oswalt through next year and his 2012 option as they did to move him to the Phillies. The Yankees were not told at all how much the Astros would eat. The Mets were told that Houston would take “some money,” but nowhere near $11 million, and were never given an exact amount. Of course, the likelihood is the Astros would never have agreed to pay one penny to the Yankees or probably the Mets either; and it is possible Oswalt might not have agreed to go to New York.
One Yankee official flatly said, “We’re out on [Adam] Dunn.”
An executive who talks regularly with the White Sox says Chicago also is out. The Rays — like the Yanks — don’t like the prospect cost and that Dunn adamantly does not want to DH.
Both teams fear asking a player to adopt to a role he doesn’t like in the middle of a pennant race for a new team in a new league. This could leave the Giants as the most serious pursuer of Dunn.
“The Yanks are working on relievers and a supplemental corner bat,” an advisor to an AL GM said.
The Yanks have talked to Colorado, which has potentially helpful righty hitters who fit either in the corner infield or outfield — Clint Barmes, Melvin Mora and Ryan Spilborghs — but the Rockies did not feel compelled to move salary and did not think they would get enough from the Yankees to make a deal worthwhile.
It is amazing to see Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Dan Haren all traded in-season, within the same month, and none going to the Yankees or Red Sox. In the old days, it always seemed like that was the place for stud pitchers to end up, in season, via a trade. And, it’s good to see the Yankees are not after Dunn. He’s the anti-Johnny Damon and not what the Yankees need now or in the post-season.