“No chance on Matt Holliday, no chance on Jason Bay,” the official said. “Zero. None. Underline it.”
The newspaper also said that the Yankees are looking to guys like Jerry Hairston Jr. or Reed Johnson to fill the void in left field, while still considering the idea of Gardner as the full time left fielder.
The Yankees are clearly not inspired by this years free agents and are likely to make a splash in next years market, maybe by pursuing Carl Crawford, says the Daily News.
To me this is a big mistake. Holliday is a great, great player and there is no reason to wait out for a worse player in Crawford who is also likely to seek a long term deal. Holliday has said he wants to play in New York, so there is a good chance they can get him cheaper than what he seems to want.
As for Hairston and Reed, do they really think these guys can make a difference? Are the Yankees really considering defending their 27th title by putting Hairston, Johnson, or Gardner as their everyday left fielder? Big mistake.
I still don’t know about this. It surprises me that the Yankees are prepared to have that weak of a left fielder. I would still be very surprised if the Yankees don’t target some kind of big time left fielder. I don’t care what the official said, I’m still not convinced.
Poll of the Day:
Are the Yankees making a mistake by not getting Holliday?(online surveys)
The NY Post is reporting that the Yankees are in serious talks with the agents of free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. The Yankees have been in search for an outfielder, as it seems Johnny Damon will not be returning. With Granderson in center and Nick Swisher in right, left field is weak with just Gardner. Would Johnson be a good choice?
- He has hit over .300 twice in his career.
- He hits .313 against lefties in his career and could fill in for Granderson who is weak against lefties.
- Gardner may not be consistent enough to start everyday in left.
- He can play all three outfield positions.
- He most likely won’t require a long term deal.
- He hit just .255 last year.
- He really isn’t a strong enough player to start in left, at least not any stronger than Gardner.
- The Yankees have some other options for left within their system.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck. If anything, I would like to see the Yankees go after another pitcher. The Yankees were lucky enough to make it through the playoffs with just three starters, and you have to think that won’t work again. Last year, everything went right, you have to expect some adversity. And right now, the Yankees pitching depth can not deal with that as easily as the outfield can. Bottom line, a pitcher will help this team more than an outfielder right now.
POLL UPDATE: 100% (7 votes) of you think that the Vazquez trade was a good idea.
The NY Post reported a couple of days ago that Cashman wanted to get a starter by the New Year. Today, that goal was accomplished. It has been confirmed by MLB.com that the Yankees have traded Melky Cabrera to the Braves for SP Javier Vazquez. I’ve said it before, the Yankees needed a starting pitcher. But, was the price too high? Let’s take a look:
- He had a 2.87 ERA last year in 32 starts.
- He had a 5.41 SO/BB ratio last year.
- He strikes out 8.1 batters per nine innings in his career.
- He has a career 3.48 SO/BB ratio.
- He gave up just 0.8 HR’s per nine innings last year.
- He has 200+ strikeouts in his last three seasons.
- Melky has never hit over .280 or had an OBP over .360 in five career seasons.
- Melky only hits an average of 10 homers per year.
- The Yankees needed a starter more than anything else.
- He could have said no to this trade, so you know he wants to pitch in New York.
- Melky is a good outfielder.
- The Yankees now need an outfielder, unless they trust Gardner everyday.
- Vazquez had a 4.91 ERA in his one year with the Yankees.
- Vazquez will cost more than Melky over the next couple of years.
Smart or Smack?:
Smart. To me, the question with any trade is: Is you team better equipped to win? The answer here is yes. The Yankees really needed a starter. Vazquez is a verteran who has proved that he can be dominating. Yes he has had medioker years, but as a number three or four starter, that would be okay. As for Melky, he never really made a difference. The only reason people don’t like this deal is because they think Melky has great potential. Well, he hasn’t shown that in five seasons. You can’t fall in love with these guys who you are wating to see production from. In the end, the Yankees are now a stronger team.
UPDATE 6:14 p.m. Just remember that this deal is taken out of context. The Yankees are now players for an outfielder such as Jermaine Dye (Jon Heyman) and still Johnny Damon (Yankees.com). Better off talking about this trade in a month.
UPDATE 6:59 p.m. You can add Mark DeRosa to that list of possibilities (WFAN.com).
UPDATE 7:03 p.m. Also remember that the Yankees are unlikely to make a big deal for a Matt Holliday or Jason Bay, considering what the free agent market plays out for next year. Maybe Carl Crawford is a possibility?
I was surprised to see a report in the Daily News today that the Cubs might make a move to send Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner to Chicago in exchange for a pitcher. According to FoxSports.com, the move would be initiated by the Cubs GM.
With the recent loss of the Cubs OF Milton Bradley and the Yankees shortage of pitchers, coupled with the fact that the Yankees have extra outfielders and the Cubs have extra pitching, the deal would make sense.
As the Yankee outfield looks right now, its Granderson in center, Swisher in right and Melky in left. Gardner and recent Rule 5 draft pick-up, Jamie Hoffman, would be the fourth and fifth outfielders respectively.
Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lily, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells are the Cubs top pitchers. Zambrano is a head case that I don’t need to watch everyday, freaking out in the clubhouse. Dempster had a great year in 2008, but is iffy otherwise. Lily is a solid, veteran starter. Wells is an extremely young starter who seems to have a lot of potential.
So, in the rumor stages of this deal, you can pick which pitcher you would like to see. Either way, the Yankees need pitching. As it looks right now, these options on the Cubs look a lot better than what’s left on the market. Neither Gardner or Cabrera is going to be a huge difference maker, but will the Yankees be willing to give one of them up?
UPDATE 8:58 p.m. Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the Yankees talked to the Cubs about a trade for Zambrano. No talks are active as of now. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated also tweets that if this trade were to happen, the Yankees could go after Jermaine Dye to fill in for Melky/Gardner.
Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees trade Melky/Gardner for a pitcher?(online surveys)
The Yankees are reportedly targeting Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson (NY Post). Granderson has a contract through 2012 with an option for 2013. The Tigers will surely be hesitant to trade Granderson, but in a city that has been hit hard by the economic downturn, it may not be up to the executives. The Tigers still have players with big contacts such as Guillen, Ordoñez, Willis and others.
Graderson would be a big upgrade from the Yankees current center fielders in Gardner and Cabrera. Both were thought to have huge potential, but neither put up all-star numbers in 2009. Granderson would likely come to New York as a part of a package that includes Yankees top prospect Austin Jackson. Granderson’s stats all fell from the 2008 season to the 2009 season.
Granderson by the Numbers:
29 The age that Granderson will be at the beginning of next season.
30 The amount of home runs Curtis hit last year. It was a career high for him. It was fourth in the league for all AL lefties.
141 The amount of times Granderson struck out in 2009. That was the 9th most in the Majors.
More of Granderson’s stats
Poll of the Day:
Yanks try to keep rolling as they hit the road, take on Seattle.
Walk off single in the 11th makes it nine out of ten for Bombers.