Monday, November 26, 2007

Will The Yankees Trade Melky/Cano and A Pitcher For Santana?

OK, you saw me go hyper over the A-Rod deal. But now the Yankees are gunning for Santana. And the deal they're going to offer will hurt the Yankees a lot more long-term than re-signing A-Rod (which was annoying and bad for "chemistry" but every team can use one whack job and A-Rod is our whack-job so leave him alone). Trade Melky and a pitcher? Trade Cano and a pitcher (one of the three untouchables: Joba, Kennedy or Hughes)? What's the point of trading the core of our future team for one pitcher? Then you have to overpay to fill their roles with lesser talent who haven't proved themselves in NYC the way the C+C boys have, Joba has and Hughes (sort of) has. To me, it's idiocy and unthinkable. Therefore Hank will do it. Are you for or against such a deal? How damaging will it be long-term? Can it be stopped?

5 comments:

Daveslade said...

I believe that the Arod signing would actually protect the prospects. I think that Cano, Joba and Hughes are untouchable and will not be traded and that Kennedy will probably stay. Melky is is more expendable with guys like Bret Gardner ad Austin Jackson developing, and while I would hate to loose him, he can be replaced internally. But a package of Melky, Horne and a Jeff Marquiz could get the deal done, then Cashman pulls the trigger. Especially if Andy retires.... But if they are asking for more, say "no thanks". Having to pay 150 million and top prospects is too much...

I would rather the yanks bring Pettite back and wait a year on Santana, if you still need him. A 2009 Rotation of Joba, Hughes, Wang, Kennedy and Horne would be amazing to root for, as would a outfield of Melky, Jackson and Tabatta.

And I think your idea of ARod as a club house poison is misplaced. Pete Abraham of Lohud.com commented that Arod is very close with Cano and Melku and that they both look up to him...

joe said...

Jeter for Santana, straight up. We can even throw in $10mm a year, and maybe Andy Phillips too.

In all seriousness I don't know what I would give up. Santana is a great talent and I'd love to have him, but I'd rather Hughes and Joba and Kennedy turn into Santana. It's a tough call...

dasnootz said...

"Hughes and Joba and Kennedy turn into Santanta"... How about Hughes or Joba or Kennedy?

To me, none of those three are untouchable when it comes to Santana. I'm not saying I would throw in Cano or Cabrera too (more likely Cabrera than Cano), but in all reality if one of the three turns into a Santana-type ace, we'll be fortunate. It's not like Santana is an aging Kevin Brown or Randy Johnson. He's 28 and just entering his prime.

Michael in New York said...

I think A-Rod needs Melky and Cano more than they need him. They loosen him up rather than he being a motivating force. That is by far his best relationship on the team as far as we can tell from afar. Here's hoping his being here for the long-term lets him get looser with everyone else. Melky and none of our three pitchers? I'd hate to do that but that would be livable. Cano would be insane. Frankly Melky would be very hard -- Matsui and Damon are both aging and can't be expecte to go all season, much as they'd like too. But Melky straight up fr santana? OK. But it's not happening. They're going to want Melky AND Hughes or Kennedy. I just know that whichever one we trade will do great while the other blows out their arm. And again, you're trading cheap young talent for a massive paycheck. We're going to have a $300 mil payroll and frankly that's embarrassing. If you lose you look like putzes and if you win everyone can rightly say big deal, you outspent most team 100% to 200% or more.

dasnootz said...

I called up Hank last night to discuss the issue of a Santana trade. I told him that I've taken some time to think about the speculative deals, and I've decided that I'm not interested in trading one of the three young pitchers plus Melky or Cano for Santana.

Let the Red Sox bid up his value, and hope that he blows his elbow out next season.