Was it pure piracy?
We won't know for sure for a couple of years, when Jose Tàbata should be major league ready, but for now, it sure looks it.
Who the Yankees got:
Xavier Nady: Corner outfielder with pop in his bat.
Dàmaso Marte: Left-handed relief pitcher who was more or less the most sought-after relief pitcher this season.
Who the Yankees gave up:
Ross Ohlendorf: You've seen him before. Hard throwing pitcher who could turn into a starter or a reliever.
Jose Tàbata: Last year, he hit .305 with a broken bone in his wrist. This year, the youngest player at the AA level, he has had some red flags go up with his attittude when dealing with a tougher level of competition.
Phil Coke: AA pitcher who has looked stronger recently, but is already 26 years old.
George Kontos: Potential servicable #5 starter.
Coke and Kontos have been replaced in the deal with Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutcheon.
Jeff Karstens: Marginal starter.
Dan McCutcheon: Could turn into a very reliable bullpen arm.
So, what does this do for the Yankees?
Well, going into the trade deadline, the Yankees had three needs, viz:
1) A right handed bat, preferably one that could play the outfield corners--left field this year, while Damon's shoulder is still not 100%, and potentially right field next year, if the Yankees decline to bring back Bobby Abreu.
2) A starting pitcher to spell Darrell Rasner or Sidney Ponson.
3) A left-handed reliever.
They have now, pending physicals, filled numbers one and three on their list, and done so without giving up anyone on their twenty-five man roster, without giving up Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero or Mark Melancon, and done so while the combined cost of Nady and Marte is under $11 million.
It's hard to know exactly how everything will play out, but right now, the Yankees could be heading into the latter part of the year with a starting line up of:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Canò 2B
Xavier Nady LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C
Sound a bit longer than the line up currently in place? Thought so.
Now think about what the bullpen might look like:
Dan Giese (okay, so Hawkins will probably still be here, but that's not the point).
That is a formiddable bullpen.
For all of the talk of this being a rebuilding year, Brian Cashman and company have made a move that will do that much more to help this team well now.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Was it pure piracy?