Smoltz picked Red Sox over Yankees

Brian Cashman’s efforts to upgrade the Yankees’ rotation may not be completely from within.

John Smoltz told Dan Patrick that he chose the Red Sox over other interested clubs, one of which was the Yankees. Smoltz also selected Boston over the Dodgers in leaving Atlanta after a long and illustrious career there.

This is interesting in that Cashman had said that the Yankees would round out their rotation from within, but were willing to at least make a run at Smoltz, who secured a guaranteed deal worth $5.5 million from the Red Sox. Once again, this is further evidence the light may no longer be on for Andy Pettitte, who was offered $10 million on a one-year basis in November.

If the season opened today, the Yankees would choose their fifth starter from the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Jason Johnson.

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I am not worried about Griffey’s arm, I am worried about his legs.

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I’m telling all of you the Yankees need to sign Andy Pettitte and Jon Garland to fill out the rotation and move Joba to the ‘pen. I know the Yanks won’t do it but it needs to be done to win a world championship.
Sign Pettitte to a 1 year deal and Jon Garland to a 1-3 year deal. After next year is when you put Hughes into the rotation.

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Milledge definately adds speed…and potential power…
Yanknuck…picking up Wigginton and putting him in right would only be a good thing if the Yankees were getting Granderson or Rios or Mclouth for centerfield…then his numbers…who i know are not as good as Nady’s but not too far off becomes acceptable…that along with if he can actually play a restectable (RF)…
or if they recieved a solid starter like Grienke or Meche or Oswald…adding one of them to a already deep rotaion could allow for the loss of both Swisher and Nady…and Wigginton could be that fill in for (RF) in that case…

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I think if Griffey could hold up enough to play over 120 games in the OF, then yes he could hold up enough to play RF. Please don’t compare Damon to Griffey either, Griffey could probably throw a baseball with his left leg farther than Damon can with his left arm. Someone had mentioned how the Nationals have been inquiring about both Nady or Swisher, and that Lastings Milledge could be made available. Lastings Milledge has far more potential than either Gardner or Cabrera, on both sides of the ball. He manned CF for the Nationals last year for 134 games and had a .986FP. At the plate his numbers were: .268BA/.330OBP/.402SLG, 14HR, 61RBI, 24SB. He also hit 24 doubles, part of his 140 total hits. The Nationals view Swisher as their 1B and Nady as a large upgrade at RF. I personally think that if the Yankees are going to move 1 of the 2 players, Swisher should be the one to go. I can see Nady as being the RF for the Yankees for the next 4-5 yrs., and if Milledge is available, I’m sure the Yankees can come up with a nice package centered around Swisher (maybe throw in IPK or 1 of the numerous RP prospects the Yankees have in their system ). That would be a good move in my mind, Milledge would be under team control for a nice chunk of years, and if he plays anywhere near to the potential that is thought he has (drafted 12th in the 1st round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft by the Mets), he’d be a great addition to this team.

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Melky would man center before Griffey, there is a good chance that he will be manning it before Gardner. Griffey would be a horrible transaction that makes no sense at all for the Yankees; though Griffey still has some pop in his bat, he lacks in several player categories that the Yankees should be/are focusing on. Griffey will sign with Seattle and is going to be a great leader on a young team that will need some veteran presence behind Ichiro and Beltran. Melky will be a good CF, he is still quite young, and Gardner is going to make a very useful utility outfielder/base-runner. The Yanks have no holes they realistically need to fill, like any team, they could improve but I think they did quite enough already. Also, Nady was a far superior player than both Wigginton and Swisher. A bench of Swisher, Gardner, Molina and Berroa/Ransom is a managers dream– though the bench is much more important in the NL so if the correct value was found for Swisher he would not be missed too much.

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I can see it now. Gardner has a muscle strain, Griffey goes into center and its an absolute disaster.

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Ty Wigginton’s numbers definately are comparable to Swisher’s and Nady’s…and like Swisher he has played the outfield and the corner infield positions…it would seem that if the Yankees wanted to trade both Swisher and Nady they could use Wigginton in rightfield…but that would only be good if they could package them with a prospect pitcher to an upgrade on Pettitte to fill the last rotation spot or someone good for centerfield or possibly of rightfield…it seems like what the Yankees have to trade doesn’t quite fit with other teams to get someone they need…it would be nice if they could get Roy Oswald or Gil Meche to fill the rotation…or Nick Markakis or Alex Rios(transplant to CF) or Curtis Granderson or Nate Mclouth or Andre Ethier or Cory Hart…all the outfielders solve a question in the outfield for multiple years adding youth speed better defensive and more extra base hits than what the Yankees have in Swisher or Nady…although i know the two of them together produce more than any of the mentioned players…but if one of them could play (CF) then that leads the Yanks back to Wigginton for (RF)…

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So you think injury prone Griffey would hold up in RF at Yankees stadium? They won’t even let Damon play that side of the outfield.

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If you look at Griffey’s stats from last year, he played 91 games in RF and 32 games in CF. So Griffey played the OF in 123 games last season, while serving as a DH in 13 games. To me, that doesn’t put him anywhere NEAR the same category as Matsui, because Matsui will be lucky to play 25 games in the OF this season. I really only made the Griffey suggestion if either Nady or Swisher actually get moved, because Griffey would provide a solid performer for a relatively low cost, and most likely a 1yr. deal.

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We have Matsui, Griffey would make 2 players who can’t play OF.

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Wait, Igawa was named the Yankees’ AAA pitcher of the year though! You guys have lost all faith in him? LOLOLOL. I’m surprised nobody wants to take him, even if the Yankees paid a big chunk of his salary. I think he could be an effective NL pitcher to be honest and maybe he could be a decent reliever for some team; however, I think that he won’t ever be a good pitcher for the Yankees, just like I think about IPK (again, I think IPK will be a good starter someday, just never with the Yankees).
Has anyone heard anything else about some dealings the Yankees might get involved with? Would it be wise to look into a Ken Griffey Jr. for a 1yr. deal? I think if the Yankees actually trade Nady or Swisher, it would be a good idea to look into Griffey, even more so that people are saying he would probably sign a 1yr. deal for $5ish mil. In regards to Ty Wiggington, I’m not so sure that he’s ready to settle for a UI role, but if he hasn’t found a team within the next month or so, maybe he would be open to that sort of role. He would be a superb bench player if the Yankees were able to get him. I still think the Yankees should try to sign Juan Cruz, he’s got a very live arm, posted really good numbers last year, declined arbitration from the D’backs
(he’ll be due some sort of raise from the $1.9mil he made last season) but the Yankees would only have to give up a 4th round pick for him. Seems like a good idea considering he is a Type-A FA. I also would like to see the Yankees make a push for Sheets or Garland to finalize the rotation, because it seems to me that with each passing day, the chances of Pettitte returning are getting slimmer and slimmer. I’d love to see Pettitte back as the 4th starter (for NO more than $10mil.) but if he’s not re-signed, I think the Yankees could definitely sign either Sheets or Garland for that $10mil (or even a little less perhaps).

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Matt,

you should head to camp as a non invited non roster player, tell them you can beat out a Ransom.

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Matt,
I agree on Wigginton, and as we grow closer to ST it’s more likely he may accept a UI role, but I would guess he is looking for starter $$$.
I’m also surprised to see Ransom finished last year with numbers of .400 OBP, .651 SLG, and .302 AVG. Not giving him the chance to duplicate that would be crazy!

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So we can’t buy him out? Are we hoping he just leaves?

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Bryan – (With tongue firmly implanted in cheek) You mean the Red Sox actually got someone the Yankees wanted? lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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There’s no way to void Igawa’s deal just because he’s an ineffective pitcher – the money is guaranteed.

The Yankees are still on the hook for three more years at $4 million per year (oops!) and no other clubs seem interested at this point. Really, it’s difficult to make a case for why a club should take a flyer on Igawa at all.

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Bryan,

I thought Akei Igawa was homesick. Can’t we buy him out or void his deal and let him go home?

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King,
Hard to judge relative value without knowing what is being offered for Nady or Swisher. Neither would be moved “just to get Pettitte.” Are there any major league hitters available for a UI role? Of the invitees, who would you choose?

Matt,
Is there anyone (with reasonable availability) that you like for UIs?

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What I read about Posada and the WBC is that he will DH only so the only thing he will toss is the bat!

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So the Sox seemed more interested. That’s fine with me. I still want Pettitte:
The wrath of e-mailers is misplaced
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/01/15/the-wrath-of-e-mailers-is-misplaced/

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I don’t think the Yankees will be as good as a lot of fans think they will be. Not every team has a quality 5th starter however so maybe one of these guys will get 10 wins.

Sean Serritella

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