Wednesday, July 1, 2009
First a look at the players in the deal:
Eric Fryer- Fryer came over from the Brewers in the trade that sent them Chase Wright. Other than that I don't know to much about him. I do know that he didn't appear on any of the Yankees prospect lists I raed before this year and he's done nothing to move onto them so far this year. He's hit .250/.333/.344 this year in A+ ball after hitting .335/.407/.506 last year in A ball. He was originally a catcher but hasn't seen much time there since his rookie year. If he has a ML future, its as a corner outfielder. He's also 24 which seems a little old to still be in A ball. No great loss here.
Casey Erickson- I don't know much about Erickson either. I don't recall seeing him on any top prospect lists either. Anyway, he's a 24 year old reliever in A ball. His numbers this year are undeniably good, a 2.54 FIP is always nice, and his numbers in past years are also good but you would hope that at 24 and being a reliever, he would be at least in Trenton by now. He's a non-prospect . I'm really at a loss as to what the Pirates might see in him. Their moves just don't make any sense to me.
Eric Hinske- Hinske has never truly lived up to the potential that many people say in him when he won the Rookie of the Year award as a young third baseman for the Blue Jays. He stuck around with Toronto for a couple years before being acquired in mid 2006 by Boston to bolster their bench. Hinske played the part well providing them with some power and demonstrated his versatility at first, third, and both corner outfield spots. He would be brough back in the the same role in 2007 for them but was much less succesful. He has never been an average hitter but its tough to hit .204 and still be useful. The Red Sox let him go but he caught on with the Rays and enjoyed a career renaissance with his most valuable year since his rookie season. His EQA jumped from .269 and .256 in his year and a half with Boston to .288. This past offseason he found very little interest but still managed to wring a one year, 1.5 million dollar deal from the Pirates and started out well with a .280 EQA. The question with Hinske is whether we're getting the Pirates/Rays version of him or the Red Sox version of him. If his resurgence is for real then we're getting a very solid bench player who can spell A-Rod, Texeira, Matsui, Damon, and Swisher as well as anybody and quite possibly better than Nady. The Pirates are also pickin up half of what little remains on his contract.
All in all I think this was a very nice under the radar move by Cashman. Its not a huge flashy acquistion like, say Huston Street or Matt Holliday, but in a tight division like the AL East when things could be decided by a game or two, this one guy could be a difference maker while Fryer and Erickson will probably amount to nothing. I have no idea what the Pirates were thinking though. It doesn't make sense to me for them to sign this guy and then trade him and pick up his one year contract in a trade for two guys like Fryer and Erickson.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This move also solves a future problem. Dukes is under team control for another five years, while Nady will leave after next year. In 2010, Dukes can shift over to right, with Swisher in left (I'm not sure but I think Dukes has a better arm) and AJax in center. So instead of competing with probably five or six other teams for a thirty year-old Matt Holliday or re-signing an aging Johnny Damon, we can just use our young stud outfielder in right.
However, there are plenty of caveats to this move. First of all, would the Nats do it? Dukes's trade value is slightly deflated because of his legal troubles, but I don't know how low it is in the eyes of Jim Bowden. To be honest, I really don't know if we could get Dukes + for Nady, or if Bowden would even take a straight-up swap seriously. Second, there's Dukes' aformentioned legal troubles. I ussually don't care at all if a guy has been arrested or has had other problems, as long he plays well, I like him. But Dukes might be a different story. He has been arrested four times, has five children with four women, and threatened to kill his wife and child. Last year, the Nationals hired an ex- police officer to follow him around and keep him out of trouble, and he had no problems last year. So it is possible he has turned a corner. I mean, Josh Hamilton has done it, why can't he? So what we have to do is weigh the potential for an offensive monster who plays good D (once we move him to a corner) against the possibility that he goes back to his old ways and ends up struggling to stay on the field. What do I say? I say if a Nady-Dukes swap is availible straight up, do it. If we have to give up Swisher instead, I would want some more from the Nats. What do the rest of you think.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The Giants yesterday signed Randy Johnson to a one year deal. This adds to what was already a surplus of pitching. Their biggest problem is a lack of offense. They had one of the worst lineups in the league last year and, truthfully, are really missing Barry Bonds. They pretty much sucked last year but the Randy Johnson signing indicates they may be looking to compete in 2009 and in the NL West, anything can happen.
Jonathan Sanchez is a lefty with great stuff for the Giants. He`s coming off two bad years and the Giants may be willing to trade him. Hidden behind his high ERA's are some pretty nice periphereals. He's 25 years old and now would be a great time to buy low on him.
On the other hand, we have the Yankees. They`ve got a glut of corner outfielders and trading Nady makes a ton of sense for various reasons. Nady is coming off a career year and some are calling it his breakout year. Brian Sabean and the Giants could take a gamble on Nady hoping to get a star and compete in 2009. The Yanks could also throw in Phil Coke as a solid B level prospect.
So we have this:
Yankees Receive: Jonathan Sanchez
Giants Receive: Xavier Nady + Phil Coke
I`ll elaborate on the full impact of this trade later, I`m kind of tired right now. Think this is a fair trade guys?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Swisher is a criminally underrated player. He's not the best hitter for average but he walks enough that his OBP stays high. He`s coming off a career low but that seems to be largely because of luck. His BABIP was a mere .251 last year. His EQA, even at its worst last year, was .267. With a bounceback in BABIP, which can be expected, he could get it back over .300 easily. The other aspect of this trade I love is Swisher's versatility. He play all three outfield positions as well as first base. Its not set in stone but I think he may be the answer for centerfield we`ve been looking for. He`s not a great defender in center but he`ll get the job done. He`s under control for a few more years and he`s not expensive at all.
They also got Kaneoaka Texiera. Also he`s still in the low levels of the minors, his stats look good and he could be yet another solid bullpen arm who may find his way to the majors. I don't know much about him but his stats are better than Nunez's, the other reliever in the trade. He`s not a big deal but I like him as a throw-in.
They gave up Jeff Marquez, Wilson Betemit, and Jhonny Nunez.
Marquez is a sinker-slider guy who was one of the Yankees top pitching prospects a year ago. However, his ceiling has never been very high and he had a bad, injury filled year in 2008. I don't mind giving him up at all.
Wilson Betemit we all know about. When he was traded for Proctor I liked it but he never amounted to anything with the Yankees (although neither did Procotor with the Dodgers). He doesn't hit much and his defense is middle of the road. Its easy to find guys like Betemit.
Jhonny Nunez was aquired at mid-season for Alberto Gonzalez. It was a low-level trade most people didn't even know about. He put up some okay numbers but he`s really nothing special. He`s probably about on par with Texiera. His numbers look a little worse than Texiera's though.
I love this trade, Cashman got a steal here.
IN EXCHANGE FOR INF WILSON BETEMIT AND TWO MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS
THEY GOT HIM FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!
Update by Nate: The two minor league pitchers are Jeff Marquez and Johnny Nunez. Marquez was once a solid prospect but his numbers have decreased significantly recently, and is now not much of a prospect. Johnny Nunez put up decent numbers after being acquired for the Nationals for Alberto Gonzalez, but he is a relief pitcher, and doesn't profile as a closer, so he's really a spare part. Betemit has shown potential, but has not produced very much and should be replaceable.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (BOS), and cash (likely Ramirez’s remaining salary)
- Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two FLO, one BOS)
- Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Washburn is owed $10.35MM in '09, and has limited no-trade protection. Olney believes it would mainly be a salary dump, and the Mariners might consider something like Kei Igawaand a secondary prospect. Yankees GM Brian Cashman hasn't struck a deal with the Ms since '03, when he worked with Pat Gillick on an Armando Benitez for Jeff Nelson swap.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
- Brian McNamee now claims to have injected Roger Clemens' wife, Debbie, with HGH in preparation for a SI photo shoot. This guy just keeps on building up that credibility.
- Its looking like Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees will be going to arbitration.
- The Erik Bedard deal is finally done. Baltimore recieved Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman and two others.
- Curt Schilling's doctor says surgery is the only way to save his career.