June 25, 2006


CLUBHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, 6/24/06)

As an indication that the Brewers are preparing for the possibility of trading leftfielder Carlos Lee, they sent Lee Thomas to Trenton, N.J., to watch New York Yankees prospect Philip Hughes pitch Friday night for that Class AA club against Connecticut. Thomas, a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin, watched Hughes pitch a spectacular game - 8 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts. Hughes (4-3, 3.18) is considered the top pitcher in the farm system of the Yankees, who have definite interest in Lee, with outfielders Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield on the disabled list.

You can almost feel sorry for Yankee fans sometimes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2006 12:26 PM

With a stable of pitchers that can't get past the fifth inning for two conecutive games and stresses out their already shaky middle relief, you'd think if anything Cashman would be looking to fix that problem instead of setting up a situation of having a glut of outfielders by Labor Day (though this might not be Brian's fault, but may be another example of the Tampa brain trust going through a grand mal seizure of logic).

Posted by: John at June 25, 2006 1:12 PM

Maybe the Yankee fans can explain to me why all of the Yankee personnel screw-ups, which leave them with the lowest performance-to-dollar ratio in MLB, are never the fault of the GM.

If Cashman is a smart GM, but jumps to do a bad trade whenever Steinbrenner hints he wants it, then doesn't that reflect even more badly on the man than bad baseball judgment would?

Posted by: pj at June 25, 2006 1:47 PM

Pull. Wang. (Never mind.)

Posted by: ghostcat at June 25, 2006 2:04 PM

With George and the Tampa mafia, you never know if Cashman's real value is in what trades giving up young talent are made, or what trades that are even dumber than the ones that have been made he's able to talk them out of before they happen.

Posted by: John at June 25, 2006 2:56 PM

I suspect if any trade happens between the Yanks and Brewers with Trenton it'll be something along the lines of Duncan and Cox for Lee. Which'd be fine, especially if the Yanks ink Lee to a 1-2 year extension.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 25, 2006 4:04 PM

No one will take Duncan off their hands--his prospect status peaked three years ago.

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2006 4:28 PM


Posted by: ed at June 25, 2006 8:19 PM

The Brewers have to trade Lee. By the trading deadline they'll be glad to get Duncan and a sixer of Milwaukees Best for him.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 26, 2006 12:31 AM

Why? They're good enough to contend for the wildcard and a bunch of teams want him, including the White Sox.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2006 7:45 AM