• Wild Thought: Adding Some Interesting Names To Yankees Bench

    Posted by on August 9th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    I keep hearing that we may see guys like Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez being moved soon in a trade and/or waiver type deal. So, that leads to today’s wild thought.

    If one of these three becomes available, should the Yankees look to pick them up, for August/September insurance; or, at the least, to keep them away from the Rays? Or, is it not worth losing someone off the 40-man roster to get them on the team for a few weeks?

    Just an add-on: I think, but am not sure, that with Nick Johnson on the D.L., maybe the Yankees could sneak one of these guys on to the post-season roster. Imagine if they had Manny Ramirez as their D.H. in the post-season?

    I’m not sure how I would feel about that? But, for sure, it’s interesting and a wild thought, no?

    And, for certain, I would not mind having Damon or Matsui hanging around, in September, just to add some good karma in the clubhouse, etc.

    Comments on Wild Thought: Adding Some Interesting Names To Yankees Bench

    1. Raf
      August 9th, 2010 | 10:44 am

      The only way the Yanks would be able to get these guys is if the Rays don’t put in a waiver claim to block them.

    2. Evan3457
      August 9th, 2010 | 11:04 am

      The big question is: how many can the Yanks afford to block? Suppose the Tigers, Angels, and Dodgers all say “you can have them”?

      Outlandish? Yes, it is.

      OK, so, in that scenario, Thames is a goner. Then what?

    3. Raf
      August 9th, 2010 | 11:18 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The big question is: how many can the Yanks afford to block?

      The Yankees can’t block any of them, because they have the best record in baseball. They would be the last team to put a claim on any of these players.

    4. August 9th, 2010 | 12:32 pm

      @ Raf: Fair point on the pecking order issue on the waiver blocks. But, if one of these guys cleared waivers, and then was free to be traded, the Yankees COULD then “block” said player from going to the Rays (via trade) by trading for him themselves. That would work, no?

    5. Evan3457
      August 9th, 2010 | 1:00 pm

      Raf wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      The big question is: how many can the Yanks afford to block?
      The Yankees can’t block any of them, because they have the best record in baseball. They would be the last team to put a claim on any of these players.

      I thought a player has to clear waivers for all teams before they can be traded.

      Or do you mean that the Angels, Tigers, or Dodgers will let them go on waivers to the Rays for nothing? I’m not sure about that.

    6. Evan3457
      August 9th, 2010 | 1:15 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ Raf: Fair point on the pecking order issue on the waiver blocks. But, if one of these guys cleared waivers, and then was free to be traded, the Yankees COULD then “block” said player from going to the Rays (via trade) by trading for him themselves. That would work, no?

      I think if the Rays claim any or all, then the team that currently owns a player has only 3 options: 1) Trade him to the Rays, 2) Let him go to the Rays on the waiver claim, or 3) revoke the waivers and pull the player back.

      So if the Rays claim any or all, the Yanks don’t even get a chance to “block”, because any Yankee claim on any of them is superseded by the Rays claim (in reverse order of record).

      In Ramirez’ case, he has to be cleared by all 14 NL teams before any AL team gets a chance to put in a claim for him.

    7. Raf
      August 9th, 2010 | 2:29 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      I think if the Rays claim any or all, then the team that currently owns a player has only 3 options: 1) Trade him to the Rays, 2) Let him go to the Rays on the waiver claim, or 3) revoke the waivers and pull the player back.

      Yes, that’s the way it works. However, if no team claims a player, then the owning team can make a deal with anyone after the player clears waivers.

    8. 77yankees
      August 9th, 2010 | 9:49 pm

      There’s been several instances where a player claimed on waivers was let go by their old team: Randy Myers to the Padres in 1998, Jose Canseco and the Yankees in 2000, and even Alex Rios being let go by Toronto to the White Sox last year (though that’s kind of worked out well for Chicago).

      I’ve read somewhere that one of the tricks teams use to avoid claims so they can trade them anywhere they wish is put their whole team on waivers over the course of a week in order to try and “slip” a player through.

    9. August 10th, 2010 | 7:45 am

      Johnny Damon, I would love back — he never wanted to leave the Yankees. Hideki Matsui, on the other hand, signed with Anaheim before ever hearing an offer from the Yanks. I’ve read in several places that he didn’t want to re-sign with New York.

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