The Yankee brass met in Tampa today to discuss the trade deadine.
Pete Abraham has some interesting news. First:
Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner acknowledged he’d mention Barry Bonds, the indicted home run king who became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back.
“I’ll mention it. We’ll cover everything,” Steinbrenner said before the meetings began. “No stone will be left unturned.”
In addition to Hank Steinbrenner, his brother, co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner, president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and special adviser Gene Michael were among those at the meetings.
My take? Yeah, he’ll MENTION him, and then after he is beaten up, tarred and feathered and then bound and gagged by Hal, Stick, Cashman and the rest of the contingent, will then be silent for the rest of the meeting. If he speaks again, he gets turned over to Tim the Wizard and myself for more torture. Chinese Water Torture, the Iron Maiden, and whatever else Tim comes up with.
Pete also reports:
One trade the Yankees could make now if they wanted would be Kei Igawa and a B-level prospect to Seattle for LHP Jarrod Washburn and DH/1B Jose Vidro. The Yankees would take on $16 million (plus a $500,000 buyout for Vidro) while shedding the $9.4 million owed to Igawa.
So for roughly $7.1 million, you get Washburn for this year and next and Vidro for this season. Washburn would likely want something to waive his no-trade clause, which includes the Yankees.
Washburn would be the No. 4 or No. 5 starter while Vidro would come off the bench. Neither has been very good this season, but they would replace Darrell Rasner and Justin Christian.
Washburn has pitched well of late, making it a deal worth pursuing. Dropping $7 million is pocket change for the Yankees. Take Vidro and DFA him if he’s awful. What difference would it make? Washburn is an upgrade for the rotation.
Washburn’s last eight starts: 51 IP, 54 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 29 K, 2.65 ERA .722 opposing OPS.
Rasner’s last eight starts: 42.1 IP, 60 H 30 ER 17 BB 29 K, 6.38 ERA, .914 opposing OPS.
No. I gave reasons before why I don’t want Washburn. “Only” 7.1 million? Do you really want to pay $7.1 million for a pitcher who is 22-38, 4.63 since the end of 2005? Yes, his numbers have been fine lately. Washburn had a 6.99 ERA on May 22nd. An upgrade? Let me ask this. Do you think Rasner could have gone 22-38, 4.63 in 2 2/3 years? If so, then Washburn is NOT an upgrade. Definitely not an upgrade worth $7.1 million. He is a name from the past, like other Yankee signings. I must admit, it IS very tempting because of the joy of giving up Igawa, but how good really is Washburn? He had ONE good year. 2002, when the Angels won the WS and Washburn was 18-6. His career record is 97-95. Take away 2002 and you have 79-89 for his career. Significant upgrade? Other than 2002, he has NEVER won more than 11 games in a season. Yet the NY media are ONLY looking at 2002 and that W.S. Never mind the REST of his career and the fact that he was 0-2, 9.31 in the 2002 WS. Or the 0-1, 10.80 against Boston in the 2004 ALDS, which ended when Washburn gave up a Series-ending walkoff to Big Papi. What are reporters seeing in the guy other than a name?
Here. Check out his numbers. Please tell me what, outside of 2002, really stands out? Not to mention he’ll be 34 soon. Another mid-30’s guy on the downside. Wonderful.
As for Rasner, keep him with Moeller and see what happens. The numbers show a stark difference with Moeller as his “personal catcher.” Save the $7.1 million and invest better than Washburn.
As far as Vidro is concerned, NO there too. Where would Vidro play? Since 2006, he’s played only 10 games at 2B (not that he’d play there with Cano there now). He’s been primarily a DH the last two years with some 1B thrown in. Gee whiz. Another 1B and/or DH. Bonds talk. Giambi, Sexson, Posada if he returns. Betemit. Damon DHing as of now (we’ll see when he goes back to LF). Matsui if he returns. I guess you can’t have enough 1b or DH’s. Give me a ****ing break. Not to mention that Vidro, 34 soon, is at .229-6-43, OPS+ a lousy 66 for this year.
Another reason Melky can go….I put his regression in a previous post this week. His head-first slides into first and lack of thinking (swinging on a 1-0 pitch, down a run, bases-loaded, two out in the bottom of the 9th…not taking a strike and making the pitcher work) on the field….Now this. The error Melky made the other night? He was going after the batted ball and in so doing, TRYING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLL CALL AT THE SAME TIME. Needless to say, the coaches got on him for that. Word is that he is still trying to pry his head out of his ass after that bonehead move.
The Post replies that the Dodgers have interest in Cano and might be willing to deal Derek Lowe and Matt Kemp (Lowe is 35, and 7-8, 3.97…the Boston/AL East been through it pedigree may help. Kemp is intriguing. 23, CF, .290-11-55, Righty bat. OPS+ 107. But 108 whiffs in 366 AB). I don’t know what the Dodgers plans would be for 40 year old Jeff Kent. Don’t expect this. For one thing, if Cano is dealt, who plays 2b? Gonzalez? Surely not Betemit. (and please don’t say Vidro through the other deal).
Interesting stat from Larry Brooks. The last pitcher to have 10 or more CG in a season was the Big Unit with 12 in 1999.
Lastly, the guys who host the local sports radio show for the FOX are downright terrible. It’s the Phils station around here, and here are some gems from this week. The host couldn’t remember the name of the Mets manager, Jerry Manuel. Gee, he’s a diehard Phillie fan, and Charlie Manuel is the Phils’ manager. Must have been too much of a stretch.
Then, to top it all off, he says that the double by So Taguchi in the Phils’ big 9th inning comeback win over the Mets the other night was the biggest hit of Taguchi’s life. Ok, I know he’s a Phillie homer and it’s a satellite station for the Phils, but…
Game 2, 2006 NLCS. Taguchi with the Cardinals. Score tied, top of the 9th. Mets won Game 1 of the Series. Taguchi leads off the inning with a homer off Billy Wagner. The Cardinals win the game 9-6 and even the series. They win the NLCS in seven and go on to win the World Series. You think this clown might think THAT was the biggest hit of the guy’s life?