Showing posts with label baldelli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baldelli. Show all posts

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Boston

Boston made two low key moves yesterday that could end up being very scary if they work out. Rocco Baldelli was signed to a one year deal and so was John Smoltz. Baldelli has been covered here in the past. He`s a great gamble for them to take with very little risk. If he works out he could be an impact player fo them. The only positive I can take from this is that its a one year deal.

John Smoltz is another scary guy. It seems like they`re going to throw a few different injury risks to the back end of their rotation with Penny, Smoltz, and Wakefield. Smoltz got a solid contract but if he works out for them he`s going to kill the Yanks. Then again, theirs a good chance that he`d only be part of the five man rotation if somebody else gets hurt.

Both of these could be busts but they also have the potential to be just as big as Sabathia and Teixeira. Well, maybe not quite, but you get the idea.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Trade Idea

We`re heading into January and most of the big free agents are already off the table. The Yankees have accomplished most of thier goals already. Now they may be looking to shed some payroll by trading one or two of Swisher/Nady/Damon/Matsui. Yesterday I outlined why Nady would make the most sense to be traded. Now, here`s my ideal trade scenario.

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?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

20 Million Dollars to Spend...

Even after doling out huge contracts to Burnett and Sabathia, Cashman still has about 20 million dollars to spend. Their only real hole is in centerfield. However, both Damon and Swisher can handle centerfield, albeit poorly. Lets assume they`re not going to trade for a centerfielder like DeJesus which may ultimately be the best course of action.

We`ve already established Manny just doesn't fit on this team. He`d have a hard time squeezing onto the payroll and probably isn't worth the contract he`ll get anyway. That leaves two big hitters left on the market. Adam Dunn and Mark Texiera.

Mark Texiera is a fantastic hitter and a gold glove level fielder at first base. That combinations is pretty rare. He`s not quite on the level of the Albert Pujols and A-Rods of the world but he`s definitely on that next tier of players. He`s only 29 and has gotten big offers from the Angels, Orioles, Nationals, and Red Sox with the Yankees showing interest.

On the other hand, we have Adam Dunn. All three of us have been in favor of signing this guy for a long time. It still makes a ton of sense. This guy is also a great hitter, not on the same level as Texiera but he`s still a great hitter. The biggest problem with him is his glove. At first base he is on the same level as Giambi. That would allow Swisher to move into left-field though where he is very good. That makes them a wash but Damon in centerfield is a problem and will cost them a couple wins.

Texiera is pretty obviously the better player at face value. However, Texiera is rumored to already have an offer of 160 million dollars over 8 years (20 million per year) from the Nationals with the Red Sox, Angels, and Orioles not far behind. Normally, he`d be worth that type of contract, especially to the Yankees who are going to be on the brink of the playoffs next year. Their's also the added benefit of keeping him away from AL East teams (Boston and Baltimore) and rivals (The Angels and Boston). However, that keeps them from pursuing help in any other area. It means they will go into the year with a bench of Ransom-Gardner-Molina-Cabrera and they will be forced to again put Hughes in the Opening Day rotation.

Dunn makes much more sense to me. The only team that has really expressed interest in him are the Nationals, who are currently the highest bidders for Texiera and have Nick Johnson already at first. He's the backup plan of a few teams but not many. Dunn may have to settle for 3 years at 36 million dollars or maybe even less. He`s only 29 (same age as Texiera) and a 3 year deal would probably get him in the best years of his career at about 12 million dollars a year. For a guy with Dunn's bat, that's a bargain. It also lets them make a few other moves. First of all, they can hold their offer to Andy Pettitte. They also have enough cash to pursue some other interesting names like Rocco Baldelli, Ty Wigginton, Juan Rivera, and Joe Nelson for the bench/bullpen. Rocco Baldelli in particular interests me now that we know more about his condition.

Its a choice between Texiera as the first baseman, Hughes as the 5th starter, Kennedy/Aceves as injury fill-ins, and Brett Gardner/Melky Cabrera as your backup outfielders or Dunn as the first baseman, Pettitte as the 5th starter, Hughes as injury fill-ins and Rocco Baldelli/Brett Gardner as your backup outfielders. Signing Dunn allows them to make a deeper and better team.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rocco Baldelli???!!!!

Ken Rosenthal thinks the Yanks have some interest in Rocco Baldelli. It doesn't make any sense to me. He can't handle centerfield everyday and as a backup he`s probably not as good as Melky or Gardner.

I couldn't really get upset about it but it seems kind of dumb.

EDIT: You know what? He`d probably be a decent 4th outfielder after all. I didn't realize he had treament for his mitochondrial disease.