How the deal progressed

I love this kind of stuff. Here in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park, Brian Cashman found a seat and detailed the progression of talks with the Pirates, which opened about 72 hours ago with the Yankees checking in on Damaso Marte.

Pittsburgh had long held interest in Ross Ohlendorf, dating back to when Pirates general manager Neal Huntington took over the post, and it was Huntington who brought up Tabata’s name. Obviously the Yankees needed more, and Cashman floated what he called a “weather balloon” by asking for Xavier Nady. When Pittsburgh did not shoot the idea down outright, Cashman felt that a trade could be made.

Original reports had the Pirates also receiving Minor League pitchers Phil Coke and George Kontos, but that changed overnight, leading to the inclusion of Jeff Karstens and Dan McCutchen. Cashman explained that the Pirates were working from a list of prospects they could request, and Coke was even pulled from a start at Double-A Trenton on Friday as a precaution. The Pirates made a final selection on Saturday morning, essentially completing the deal, Cashman said.

Cashman said that one major factor in the trade was that both Nady and Marte could be under the Yankees’ control beyond 2008. Nady is arbitration eligible after this year and will not touch free agency until 2010, while Marte has a $6 million club option for 2009 that the Yankees could pick up, or allow him to leave in exchange for draft compensation.

“To give up those pieces, I wouldn’t have done it if it was a rental for a few months,” Cashman said.

Nady (No. 29) is in the lineup this afternoon, batting seventh and playing left field. He was getting an impromptu primer on the Green Monster from Johnny Damon and bench coach Rob Thomson. Marte (No. 34) is also in the Yankees bullpen and could make his debut if needed.

Say goodbye to Brett Gardner for now (optioned to Triple-A to play every day), LaTroy Hawkins for good (designated for assignment) and probably Kei Igawa (outrighted to Triple-A to remove him from the 40-man roster). It’s telling that 29 big league clubs could have had Igawa if only they would assume his contract, and not a single one saw the value.

35 Comments

yeah, and MLB would have suspended Drysdale too. This is ridiculous.

Like

the yanks need to tell joba he is going after the wrong guy. put manny on his backside. that loafer kills the yankees. drysdale would have put one in his earhole long ago.

Like

goodbye igawa, whoever the yanks sent over to evaluate this guys talent a couple of years ago should be hung from the nearest bonzai tree. as for washburn, lefties can hang around baseball forever. yanks sweep!!!!!

Like

I can’t say I’m surprised with Hawkins being DFA, but it came a little sooner than I was thinking. I was thinking that Hawkins was going to be DFA when Bruney was ready to come off his rehab stint (he’s in AAA right now). If Bruney can come back from the DL and pitch like he was before he got injured, then we got another jolt to our bullpen. We will basically be upgrading our bullpen from within (basically trading Hawkins for Bruney).

Although I do agree another solid starter should be on our list, but if Melky’s name is being thrown around in a deal, it better be for a pitcher FAR better (and younger) than Jarrod Washburn. Granted Melky’s offense has been pretty shaky, but we have no viable or even close to comparable options in our system to replace him defensively.

Like

See ya LaToya. Don’t let the door hit you in the *** on your way out.

Like

Also, so glad to see Hawkins finally Designated For Assignment. Long overdue, biggest bullpen loser of year. May be a good Club House “presence” even if he though taking Paulie O’Neill’s number would be “okay. But he totally sucked on the mound, look at his stats. Had to go sooner the better.

Like

BTW for the record, Baseball America’s Top Rated Prospects going into 2008 Season (With Former Top all of MLB SP -b Hughes no longer a prospect and OF Tabata having very serious discipline probs at AA) (TRADED) were: 1) Joba, 2) Austin Jackson, 3) Tabata, 4) I. Kennedy, 5) Horne (injured), 6) Montero, 7) Marquez (injured on and off), 8) Gardner, 9) bOhlendorf (TRADED), 10) Brackman (post TJ surgery), 11) Melancon (WHY ISN”T HE, post TJ, in NYC yet; see his AA #’s), 12) Sanchez (post TJ), 13, Betances (emerging at 20m in A ball), 14) McCutchen (sad to see him go in redone deal, but was swtruggling At AAA), 15) Whelan, 16) Angellini, ss, 17) Kontos (pulled back form deal over nite, struggliung at AA), etc

Like

Gawd, so many “Glass is half full posts,” Yankees just took eight straight out of All Star Break (for 2nd best in 20 years), just pulled off major Heist vs Pirates for two Key non-rental Pkayers for “damaged goods” Tabata and 3 of so Many 25 or so Pitcjing prospects *but NONE of the top ones). Win Sunday in Fenway, and all looks Awesome. Cashman looks liker a Genius about now. (And Washburn, given 2.52 at Stadium looks like a steal if can get for Salary dump and no noteworthy players). What, if anything, am I missing here?

Like

NEW THREADS

Like

Dead on Matt!! This team definitely needs another starter big time. For a team to stand pat when it has holes in its rotation is absolutely a huge mistake. This team isn’t going anywhere while it has Rasner struggling, he’s barely a fifth starter, and Ponson can’t be trusted at all. To rely on the likes of Kennedy and Hughes coming back from injuries after lengthy stays in the minors is another mistake. Neither were very good before they went down, and there’s no telling what either will provide when they come back. What’s going to happen if they both pitch poorly when they come back? Nothing but complaining Yankee fans crying about what they have and wondering why this team didn’t do anything to fix the holes in the rotation. This team needs to go after a starter like you said Matt.

Also think that the Yanks don’t think the Yanks wind up with Molina either, at least not for Matsui. They want to get younger not stay old.

Like

I think Alex played the part there going for his hand at first then showing pain in his shoulder. It’s probably related to that hollywood agent deal. Gardener’s bat was weak he can create motion on the bases but it didn’t compinsate for the hovering buck fifty BA. I hope that full time in Scranton can help him out.

Like

I hope he doesn’t counter his past deal giving up anything unnecessary for Washburn. Which I hope to be a Sexon type of low risk mild reward. 2 1/2 games left to restore the balance in the universe.

Like

JARED WASHBURN TRADE BEING WORKED AS WE SPEAK. IS CASHMAN STARTING AN ARMY?

Like

I’m just saying he’s probably going back to the DL. That’s my guess. I hope I’m wrong.

Like

I thought Damon had cramps?

Like

Captain Varitek was also on the mitchell report, otherwise I would’ve been pissed.

Like

Michael, I totally agree w/ you. I can’t believe they hit 3 players and no one gets ejected. They are definitely paying the umpires, especially the umpire behind the plate. And I guarantee you A-rod is not going to play tmr b/c he’s going to have a huge bruise on his shoulder. Not only that but Damon looks like he’s going back on the DL.

Like

So is that a fake smile by JD? He’s not taking another mini vacation is he? Sidney inline for the sweep!

Like

Good post Bryan, liking the move for Marte and Nady. It has helped the team more than i thought at the start. Just hope someone can take Igawa off our hands. Good win for Andy against the Bosox. Need ponson to win tomorrow to cap off a good series sweep. Any truth to the rumors of Washburn and what would the Yankees give up to get him?

Like

Tim McCarver has this thing where everything he says makes sense to no one but him.

Worst sportscaster in the biz today…Joe Morgan is a close second….in fact, they all suck. i should just turn the volume down and watch the game instead of listen to that crap for 4 hours….and Fox, enough with Jeannie Zalasko. SHE IS EVERYWHERE!!!!

Like

I Just don’t get it. Every one of the red sox players argue balls and strikes-in a way to show up the umps- they hit batters and when someone throws up and in on them, they charge the mound…and Manny throws some old man to the floor because the guy was doing his job and NO reprecussions for anything.

It seems to me that the entire league are enablers for this team to do whatever they want and to whomever they want. Manny should be suspended for his conduct, and “tito” as those idiots in Boston call him, does nothing.

And is it to noones surprise that every other team had at least one player in the mitchel report, but not one current red sox player was in there? Strange…No one even looks at how Ortiz was a scrub w/ the twins, they couldn’t WAIT to get rid of him, and he goes to Boston and all of the sudden he’s hitt 400 ft home runs? But people blame A-Rod and say he’s a user?

This is why I cannot enjoy a single game when they play the red sox. One of our players is always going to get hit with a fastball 90+ and leave the game and not one single redsox player is getting ejected or suspended….ALWAYS….

But, the league takes away our right to throw inside…

alls I can say is that the opnly way the red sox can beat us now is if they start taking out our best players. Cano is getting hit tomorrow…at least two more yankees will get hit tomorrow with no ejections.

and if rodriguez is hurt then you have to file a grievence to the league for some sort of disciplinary action to be taken.

Enough is enough….when are they going to stop hitting our ballplayers???

Most classless sports organization in america….hands down…

Like

MCCARVER WAS THE FINEST BASEBALL PLAYER TO EVER SQUAT BEHIND THE HOMEPLATE. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE THAT, JUST ASK TIM!!!!!!

Like

1 more for the SWEEP!!! Go Ponson

Like

“I HATE THE RED SOX AND I HATE TIM MCCARVER.”

I uhh… feel the same way.

Like

this is exactly what I am talking about:

Classless Red Sox Fans Cheer when A-Rod almost gets his arm broken by a 95 mph fastball…no ejections.

Red Sox Pitchers hit 3 yankees today…no ejections….

Joba Doeasn’t hit pukilis, gets ejected and suspended….

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE????? Why can the Red Sox Potentially damage the lives and the careers of our players and get no punishment, but we throw up and in and its a suspension???

I HATE THE RED SOX AND I HATE TIM MCCARVER.

Like

Correct move with Gardener, he is better than Christian but needs to play everyday.

Like

Robert …

Yeah, I agree … I did like the deal the way it was reported yesterday … But, we had to give up “some” good prospects to make this deal … Overall, a tremendous move by Cashman … Go Yankees for the win today, and the sweep tomorrow !!! … Pettitte is pitching a good game today, hopefully, he will go seven, and maybe we will see Marte in this game !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

Like

Great stuff Bryan. The Yankees just might have to use Marte soon.

Like

Bullpickles Cano was safe!!!!!! He was safe!

umpires….do you have to be blind to be one? Who is that out there making that call, elmer fudd?

Like

Coke has 51 SOs in his last 41 innings.

Like

Jimmy,
The loss of McCutchen was a bit upsetting at first, but, retai ning Coke is feeling better and better as I think about it.

Like

“Don’t you know, Robinson Cano” …

Big homerun by Cano … Yanks 2, Red Sox 2 … Top of the 4th

Like

The trade for Nady and Marte is an outstanding move by the Yankees, even with the change of players the Pirates are getting back: Karstens and McCutchen, along with, Ohlendorf, and Tabata … The Yankees really have not given up any players that they planned on bringing up to the Major League roster – any time soon ! … Also, I totally agree with the release of Hawkins … He has not been effective [at all] this year !!! … Too bad about Kei Igawa – I really thought he was going to have a good year for the Yanks in 2008 … Brian Cashman, “Great Moves” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] …

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Like

Do we have an open spot or 2 or 3 on the 40 man roster? Hawkins, Tabata, Igawa and Ohli out (Karstens too?), Marte and Nady in.

Like

I like the moves, I actually was thinking that when Bruney got back from his rehab, that Hawkins’ stay in New York would’ve ended there. I think we gave up an acceptable amount to get Nady/Marte, even after the players involved were amended last night.

I don’t want them to make any moves involving Bonds or Winn. With the acquisition of Nady, both of those names should be a 100% afterthought and not even worth thinking about. I’m not sold on Washburn at all either, especially with Melky’s name being thrown around.

Like

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 39,632 other followers

%d bloggers like this: