Melky Cabrera, Aroldis Vizcaino and Michael Dunn were traded to the Atlanta Braves for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. Hmmm… I like the name Boone. I tip my hat to Cashmoney for getting this done. In my opinion, this was one Brian Cashman’s best trades of his career. No doubt about it in my mind.
Who loves Wang?
Keeps the Doc away.
No, I’m not talking about that hot doctor I met at the emergency room today. If anything, I’d stop eating apples all together for that guy. Long story, let’s not go there.
I’m talking about Roy “Doc” Halladay. The Toronto Blue Jays have already made it known that they’re willing to trade him, but obviously they want a pretty good offer for him. Rightfully so, after all, we are talking about The Doc.
Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
In 2009, Roy Halladay won 17 games, had an ERA of 2.79, pitched 9 complete games, 239 innings, and had a career high of 208 strikeouts. If those numbers don’t make your mouth water, then you need to get that checked out. I have the perfect doctor to recommend to you.
It’s no wonder that the Blue Jays are asking for a lot in return for Doc. Any team would. If they weren’t in desperate need of players to fill the holes they have in their roster, and if they didn’t have a horrible farm system, they wouldn’t trade him. They do have holes in their roster, they do have a horrifyingly bad farm system, so they are definitely looking to trade him. Why wouldn’t they? They’re going to lose him next year anyway.
The Blue Jays are looking for quality, not quantity. One Blue Jays official said “We would rather have one above-average impact guy than eight ordinary guys”, when asked what they will be asking for in return for Roy Halladay.
So, what does this mean for the Yankees? The same thing it always means when an excellent players is suddenly available: should we go after him? If so, what kind of offer are we bringing to the table?
Let’s start out by weighing out the positives of getting Roy Halladay.
First of all, it’s always good to add a solid pitcher to our starting rotation. Sure, we won the World Series with our current 3-man rotation, but there is no doubt that a 4th solid starter would have made life a little easier. Secondly, just close your eyes and imagine a rotation of (in no particular order, and assuming Pettitte and Wang come back) Sabathia, Halladay, Wang, Pettitte and Burnett. If that doesn’t cause a party in your pants, I don’t know what will.
Also, we don’t know that Pettitte is coming back, so in the case of an Andy Pettitte retirement, Roy Halladay makes all the more sense. Not to mention that he’s been pretty much unhittable within our division. No other pitcher is as successful facing AL East opponents as Roy Halladay. That is always a major added bonus. Furthermore, signing him would mean keeping him out of Boston, and it is never a good thing to see a great pitcher go to your strongest division rivals.
Now, let’s look at what the Blue Jays want in return for Roy Halladay. To the Yankees, these are the negatives:
Halladay will be eligible for free agency after the 2010 season. He’s already made it known that he will not be signing a contract extension with the Toronto Blue Jays. So, by letting the Doc walk away after 2010, the Blue Jays will get two draft picks. Therefore, in order to trade him now, they will definitely be asking for some top prospects as they will be losing those two picks. Keeping in mind that they can’t ask for too much, because John Lackey is still available, they’ll still be asking for some quality players to add to their roster and weak farm.
So, to get Roy Halladay we’ll probably have to give up either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes, and a top prospect. The names Cervelli, Montero, Romine, Betances, and Jackson come to mind as possibilities. I’m not a “Hot Stove” expert, but if I were a GM, that would be the bare minimum I’d ask for.
The Blue Jays’ farm system is pretty thin, so you know they’ll be asking for prospects. Another player they may be asking for is David Robertson. While Robertson is a Major League pitcher and they’re probably looking for prospects, he has the potential to be a dominant closer in the future. Any team would love to have him on board.
Now, here’s the part a lot of you may not agree with…
I don’t think we should go after Roy Halladay. If he was a free agent this off-season, then I’d be all for it, but we’ve worked too hard on our prospects to send them away. Our top prospects are vital for our future, and trading them away for someone we don’t really need would be sickening to me. Honestly, it would be a George Steinbrenner thing to do.
Chien-Ming Wang (if he returns) will be in the rotation next year. Will he be 19-Win Wang? Doubtful. He will more likely give us around 14 wins and an ERA of around 4 (+/- a few). To me, with our current rotation (with Andy), that’s good enough. So we really have no need for Halladay.
Also, we’d most definitely have to give up either Hughes or Joba for him. Really? Now that they’re finally starting to get into the groove of things, we should send one of them up to Toronto?
Forget about his postseason performance, Phil Hughes’ regular season domination in the setup role is precisely why we should hold onto him. Joba Chamberlain? Well, he’s Joba Chamberlain. We saw him return to excellence as a reliever. Hopefully our management have removed their heads from their rectums, and have learned to stop screwing around with Joba’s future. He is obviously best fit to be an amazing reliever, and I hope to see plenty more from him in that role.
Folks, I don’t want to go back to the George Steinbrenner days of giving up our young, home-grown talent for the big stars of the moment. Free agency? Sure, why not? I wouldn’t mind seeing us go after Lackey. In true Yankee fashion, I’m going to say: it’s just money. If money can get us a good pitcher (arguably overrated, but would be better than our other options if Joba remains in the bullpen), then why the Hell not? Especially if Pettitte chooses to retire.
Trades? Right now, not so much.
With who we currently have on the roster, trading for Halladay will simply be a glamor acquisition. Kind of like trading your Aston Martin in for a Lamborghini, when you already have a Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche and Hummer in your garage.
So, right now, during this off-season, I say we should keep eating that apple a day.
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Folks, Scott Boras is at it again. The sports agent everyone loves to hate is once again in the spotlight as baseball’s winter meetings commence.
What has he done this time? Well, several things. But in what interests us as Yankees fans, he’s asking for a relatively long-term deal for outfielder Johnny Damon.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Yankees are going into the meetings planning to bring back Johnny Damon, as well as Hideki Matsui and Andy Pettitte. Their priorities probably lie with Damon and Pettitte since they are more crucial to the team as a whole. Matsui has proven that he deserves to wear the pinstripes, especially in his World Series performance, but I just don’t see them picking him over Damon. This is my own personal opinion of what will happen, not what should happen. I would personally make all three equal priorities of mine, and if Pettitte decides to retire, scratch him off and pursue John Lackey.
So, anyway, back to Mr. Boras.
The Yankees are probably looking to re-sign Damon to a one-year deal. I think that’s fair, after all he is 36 years old. While he’s proven that age is just a number, who knows how long he can remain healthy? If a team is desperate, they might offer him a two-year contract, but I think that a one-year deal is what he should be realistically looking for.
The Yankees could offer him arbitration, but I read somewhere that it would be $15 million. If they offer him arbitration, he’d definitely be in pinstripes next year, simply because other teams might not take much of a risk on a 36-year-old outfielder. However, I don’t see the Yankees paying $15 million for Damon. It’ll probably be in the $10 million range. But I’ve been wrong about these things before, so don’t hold me to this.
Scott Boras, of course, doesn’t think that this is the case. In true Bora$ $tyle, he is aiming for a multi-year deal for his client. Multi-year means 3-4 years. Do I need to point out the insanity here? Yes, he’s a Type-A free agent. Yes, he’s always a valuable member of the team. Yes, he’s still got it. But who in their right mind would offer a 36 year-old outfielder whose legs aren’t getting any younger and whose arm isn’t getting any stronger (not that it was particularly strong to begin with) a 4-year contract?
Personally, I think this whole “multi-year” thing is a load of bull. Scott Boras knows he won’t be able to get 3-4 years for Johnny, but Scott Boras wants to get him as much money as possible, as any agent would. By asking for a multi-year contract, Boras is driving up the asking price. Teams will respond with “we won’t give him more than one year, but here’s what we’ll pay for that one year”.
Scott Boras clients usually go to the highest bidder. Whether or not these players are happy with their current teams is insignificant. So, knowing that he can only get one year, Johnny Damon will probably go to whatever team pays him the most.
Will Johnny Damon be in pinstripes next year? In my opinion, it’ll all depend on how firmly Brian Cashman puts his foot down. As much as I’ve loved seeing Damon’s performance this past season, I don’t think the Yankees should pay more than $10 million for him. If Johnny Damon doesn’t come back to us, then I guess we’ll have to pursue Matt Holliday.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Matt Holliday in pinstripes.