Trade Talk: Capuano And Kennedy

It appears Cash hasn’t wasted any time getting back to the more work he said he had to do on Tuesday.  If you missed it yesterday afternoon, the Yankees announced that they had acquired lefty pitcher Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.  He was working as a starter for their Triple-A affiliate after spending the first 3 months of the season in the Red Sox bullpen.

Capuano’s time there was a tale of 2 extremes.  He didn’t allow a run in 14.1 April innings while putting up a 15/2 K/BB ratio.  In 4.0 June innings he got pounded for 10 ER on 14 hits and 4 walks and was let go.  His total line for the season as a Major Leaguer is 4.55/4.06/4.15 in 31.2 IP.  His K rate is decent (20.3%), his BB rate is not (10.5%), and he’s actually been hit harder by lefties (.384 wOBA against) than righties (.303).  I’m not sure how the Yankees intend to use him, but his arrival might not be good news for the Davids Huff and Jeffs Francis of the world.

The bigger move that’s swirling around the rumor mill right now is the Yankees reportedly trying to bring back former top prospect Ian Kennedy from the Padres.  Jim Bowden first reported it last night, saying the teams were discussing a deal that involved Kennedy going to the Yankees for Eric Jagielo and Ian Clarkin.  Jon Heyman quickly snuffed that out by reporting that while the Yankees “are interested” in Kennedy, they’re not interested in giving up that haul for him.

That’s a good thing.  I’m not sure I’d be willing to give up that package for him either.  Kennedy’s been pretty good this year (3.66/3.11/3.30 slash line in 135.1 IP) and pretty good in general since being traded to the National League (12.8 fWAR since the start of 2010), but I’m not sure if pretty good is worth giving up 2 top 5 organizational prospects.  He’s got 1 more year of arb eligibility next year, so he wouldn’t just be a 2-month rental if the Yanks were interested in keeping him around.  I don’t know though.  Let’s keep an eye on this one today and over the weekend and see where it goes.

Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.