December 16, 2006

WHEN YOU GET FLEECED BY THE BUCS YOU'RE JUST PLAYING FOR THE BACK PAGE:

Yankees may want Gonzo (John Perrotto, 12/16/06, Beaver County Times)

Baseball sources indicated Friday that Yankees are willing to part with left-handed hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera straight-up in a trade for Gonzalez. But the Pirates reportedly want a second player included, though the Yankees are highly unlikely to put right-hander Scott Proctor into the deal.

Cabrera, 22, hit .280 with seven homers, 50 RBIs and 12 steals in 130 games as a rookie last season after batting .385 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 31 games with Class AAA Columbus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2006 9:41 AM
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The only way this deal makes sense is if all of the following are true:

(1) They don't think Melky'll get much playing time in the next few seasons.

(2) They're comfortable with the other options they have for a 4th of'er

(3) The Yanks are skeptical about Melky every developing power

(4) They're worried about Mariano's arm

Even if all of those are true however, I still don't like the deal. Relievers grow on trees, and chances are they can find a cheaper option in house who'll be just as good. Plus Gonzalez walks a ton of people for a reliever, which really makes the deal look bad.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 16, 2006 3:47 PM

Meanwhile the BH is reporting that Nancy Drew failed his physical.

Hmm, did s/he get hit by a pitch playing whiffle ball with his 7 year old in the driveway?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 16, 2006 3:51 PM

Not failed, had some caution flags, which Boras is going to bend over on. He apparently chose Theo as his Prison Husband.

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2006 4:37 PM

The 70s/80s Yankees used to do things like dump a Melky because Damon can play til he's 40....

Of course, this kind of error is forced when you make the initial mistake of giving Damon more years than he can play to begin with.

Posted by: oj at December 16, 2006 4:38 PM

I guess I'll have to get rid of my navy blue "Got Melk?" t-shirt...

Posted by: Foos at December 18, 2006 11:52 AM
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