Why Trading Jesus Montero and Hughes/Chamberlain for Halladay Is A Bad Idea

[image title=”jesus piece (3)” size=”full” id=”13107″ align=”center” ]Rumors still place the Yankees in the hunt for Roy Halladay. The Blue Jays want Jesus Montero, one of Hughes or Chamberlain, and lesser prospects for the star pitcher. Following the trade of Ian Kennedy and Austin Jackson, this would leave the Yankee farm system almost completely barren of top-end, near-MLB talent. Roy Halladay is a fantastic pitcher, maybe a Hall of Famer, but he is also 33 years old. He is not a long term solution at the position, and carries with him plenty of injury risk as he becomes a baseball Continue reading Why Trading Jesus Montero and Hughes/Chamberlain for Halladay Is A Bad Idea

Gardner attracting interest

Should come as no surprise that teams are starting to inquire about Brett Gardner (or even Melky Cabrera), given the Granderson acquisition. The WhiteSox appear interested and we all know that Cashman and Kenny Williams have a good working relationship (thanks for Swisher-for-Betemit/Marquez, Kenny).

According to a scout familiar with the situation, the Sox were one of two teams in the American League Central Division letting the New York Yankees know during this week’s Winter Meetings that they covet the services of outfielder Brett Gardner. The problem is Kansas City was also sniffing around what it would take to get the promising 26-year-old leadoff hitter.

OK, great. I happen to be a big fan of Gardner’s, but you have to explore what you could get for him. The White Sox are up against their budget after going hog-wild for Peavy and Rios last year.

So what about a wacky idea:

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The Big Redhead misses the point

Dan Shaughnessy, aka The Big Redhead, aka the most hated Sox beat writer, takes the current Sox administration to task and while he makes a few good points (about the Yanks), he’s missing the bigger picture points. First the fun stuff about the Yanks, which clearly must rankle the RSN:

Stop. it’s hideous of the Sox and their fans to complain about the Yankees buying championships. Sure, the Yanks can afford Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and A.J. Burnett, just like the Sox were able to afford Matsuzaka and Drew. The Sox got Curt Schilling and Victor Martinez the same way the Yankees got Curtis Granderson this week. The Sox are not the Pirates. They are not the Brewers or the A’s. The Sox are Haves, not Have-Nots. Like the Yankees, the Sox are happy to raid the rosters of teams that can’t afford high-priced talent.

Oh, and last time I checked the Yankees developed Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, and Joba Chamberlain. They developed the players they traded in the deal that brought Granderson.

Nothing is more pathetic than the Red Sox crying about the Yankees – unless it’s Henry crying about revenue sharing. Henry loved commissioner Bud Selig when Uncle Bud delivered the team to him in the bag job sale of 2002. Here we are seven years later and Henry is doing something the Yankees never did; he’s complaining about his luxury tax money going to the Royals and the Pirates.

Good to read most of that, though the Yanks’ ownership has complained about luxury tax money at times, but why let measly facts get in the way of a good rant, right Dan? Now, about the other stuff:

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The Non-Tender Candidates

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible is tomorrow, as any eligible player not offered a contract immediately becomes a free agent. Matt at Fack Youk took a look at the 4 Yankee candidates (Wang, Gaudin, Mitre, and Cabrera), and concluded that Chien MIng Wang would be the only one to go. He says: Wang is universally regarded as a goner. The Yankees do not want to offer him arbitration and play him more than the $5M he made in 2009 after he’s missed nearly the entirety of the past two seasons. Wang started a throwing program last week, Continue reading The Non-Tender Candidates

A rotating DH is simply not an acceptable option

.422.408.428.426 What are these, you may be asking yourself? Why, they’re Nick Johnson’s OBPs from his last four fully healthy seasons (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009). Can you believe the Yankees traded a .422 on-base percentage (in addition to Juan Rivera and Randy Choate) for Javier Vazquez? At the time I didn’t think much of it, but now it kinda blows me away. OK, so Nick the Stick has had some difficulty staying healthy over the years, but given that he’s available for only money, the Yankees have a need at DH, and if you take him off the field he Continue reading A rotating DH is simply not an acceptable option

Gardner Garnering Interest From White Sox, Royals

With the Yankees suddenly flush with outfielders and likely to add another bat before the end of the offseason, clubs are moving in on Brett Gardner as a cheap, reasonably productive option for their open center field jobs. From MLBTR: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times hears from a scout familiar with the situation that the White Sox covet Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. The Yankees, who just acquired Curtis Granderson, have extra outfielders so the White Sox and Royals have inquired on Gardner. I’m not sure about the Royals, but I do have one name picked out on the White Continue reading Gardner Garnering Interest From White Sox, Royals

Red Sox ready to fold?

Sorry to cite this, but, via Dan Shaughnessy (Boston Gobe): In an e-mail to the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin last month Henry explained that the Sox might not be as good this year, writing, “Those reali ties are a function of available talent and age-related transitioning once again, as we did prior to 2007.’’ Tuesday at the winter meetings in Indianapolis, Epstein hammered at the same theme with “we’re kind of in a bridge period. We still think that if we push some of the right buttons, we can be competitive at the very highest levels for the next two years. Continue reading Red Sox ready to fold?

Best takedown of a signing so far

Here’s a virtual high five/fistbump/whatever’s cool these days to Dave Cameron for his takedown of Astros GM Ed Wade:

Ed Wade is the GM equivalent of a bad SNL sketch. The first time he overpaid a middle reliever, we figured out that he didn’t really know how to build a roster. Now, when he gives Brandon Lyon a 3 year, $15 million deal, we just shrug our shoulders and say, “Yeah, that’s Ed Wade for ya.”

Seriously, $5 million a year for the next three years for Brandon Lyon. We’re not talking about overpaying for a premium bullpen guy. Lyon is a generic middle reliever, the kind of guy who could be replaced by a minor league free agent or a Rule 5 draftee. His career FIP is 4.23, which is below average for a relief pitcher. He doesn’t even have magical FIP-beating properties – his career ERA is 4.20.


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More Ben Sheets chatter

I’ve made my preferences clear regarding the Injured Pitcher Class. I wanted the Yanks to take a flier on Harden or Sheets, but with Harden getting (somewhat) overpaid in Texas, that leaves Sheets likewise looking to get paid in full, despite missing all of 2009.

Ben Sheets‘ agent Casey Close met with the Rangers yesterday, and according to ESPN’s Richard Durrett, the pitcher “is apparently looking for money similar to what he made his last season in the majors — 2008, which was $12 million.” Sheets figures to be popular on the free agent market, but we’ll have to see what kind of guarantee he requires after missing all of 2009.

The Yankeeist, like me, is on board with adding Sheets:

Assuming Sheets can be had for approximately $8 to $10 million, whichever team does end up signing him is going to be able to slot a guy into their rotation with a career 3.56 FIP and the potential to be a #1 starter for a relatively small amount of money and years. Come to think of it, maybe Sheets is worth $12 million a year.

What I said about Sheets, a few weeks back:

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