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Waiver Wire Pickups Chances Slim For Yanks



By Frank Russo ~ August 4th, 2009. Filed under: Digest Contributors.

Our main Yankees source down in Tampa called us on Monday night to talk about the team’s chances of picking up a pitcher via the waiver wire. The way things look at the moment, and things could change, Yankees management does not expect to pick up any “pitcher of substance” that could help the team. “It’s really a shame,” our source told us. “Brian (Cashman) worked his a** off trying to get a deal done but kept encountering the same stumbling blocks. Almost every opposing GM started trade discussions with either Joba, Hughes, or one of the upper echelon prospects. Some of the trade proposals were laughable. I’m telling you, if Brian can get any sort of decent pitching via waivers he should get a medal and a hug from Yankees fans.”

Below is a short list of some of the trade proposals that opposing GMs came to Brian Cashman with before the trade deadline on Friday. Try not to shake your head in amusement with some of these.

Jarrod Washburn: Highly coveted by Cashman, Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik never really came down with his ludicrous demands. After first asking for Phil Hughes, Zduriencik counter offered, asking for Austin Jackson. Ridiculous!

Heath Bell: San Diego wanted either Hughes, Jackson or Montero.

John Grabow: Many people thought that this was a done deal weeks ago, but Pirates GM Neal Huntington wanted a multi-player package that included Zach McAllister and either Jackson and Montero or Melancon. Is Huntington on drugs?

Ian Snell: (See above)

Cliff Lee: Long before the Phillies ever contacted Cleveland, Cashman talked with Indians GM Mark Shapiro about his availability. The first names out of his mouth were Joba and Hughes. Either one “had to be Included” in any trade for the former Cy Young award winner, and would also have to be supplemented with high end talent like Jackson and Montero. Shapiro got nowhere near that equivalent from the Phillies.

Huston Street: Before trade talks ended several weeks ago, Dan O’Dowd was asking for a package that included both Mark Melancon and Austin Jackson.

Rafael Betancourt: Shapiro wanted either Austin Romine or Zach McAllister.

Brian Bannister: The Royals wanted McAllister along with at least two lower level, high end prospects. This was the reason why the Yankees asked KC to pick up the remaining money on his contract, which of course, they refused to do.

Jon Garland: Despite his poor record, Arizona wanted Melancon and either Francisco Cervelli or Bleich for his services.

Bronson Arroyo: The Reds wanted either McAllister or Melancon for him.

Jerry Hairston Jr.: Amazingly, the Reds originally asked for Francisco Cervelli before settling for Chase Weems.

So you see, you can’t blame Brian Cashman as he tried his best. As Mike Silva has mentioned, it’s going to be very hard for “Cash” to pull off some magic and get decent pitching for his team. There are just too many teams out there still in the playoff hunt, and they will have no problem blocking the Yankees, if anything, just for spite.

I have one last question to ask here. Why would opposing GMs, knowing full well that Joba and Hughes were untouchable, continue to ask for them, and, be so persistent about it? Does that seem a little odd to you, because it sure sounds a little odd to me? Are we witnessing a scenario where MLB is going out of its way to punish the Yankees for their free agent spending spree this past winter or is it a simple case of, as Don Corleone said, “nothing personal, just business.”

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

6 Responses to Waiver Wire Pickups Chances Slim For Yanks

  1. James K.

    More fake rumors. And even if they were real, it’s just a case of teams looking for the best deal possible. In negotiations, you start with high demands, not low ones. Simple business.

  2. Mike Silva

    James

    I think teams asking for Joba/Hughes, for anything outside of Halladay, is ridiculous. Btw – Bryan Hoch has reported some of the same stuff. Is he making it up as well?

  3. Chris Silva

    I find the negotiations from MLB General Managers to not be very great overall. However, I think Sabean, Beane, Cashman, Epstein, and Dombrowski are the best ones in all of baseball. Riccardi completely botched the Halladay situation because he never was able to translate Halladay’s value into words. I’m a big believer that if you can’t explain what somebody is getting for what your charging them then there is a problem. I believe Cashman could’ve been more willing to deal with Toronto if Riccardi had any idea what he was doing. Also, I think a lot of the Yankees decisions in the past to overpay when they want something bad enough has bitten them in the ass. That was a Steinbrenner thing and I don’t think the rest of baseball has caught up to the idea that the Yankees aren’t going to be overzealous in the future. The rest of the GM’s appear very incompetent and I’m not sure I’m confident they could pull the trigger on a trade in fantasy baseball let alone real life.

  4. James K.

    Until you guys reveal that your sources are more credible than “a friend of a friend of Omar Minaya” (as you stated in our gamethread last week) and actually report something that happens, this stuff is all fairytale. MLBTradeRumors won’t even link to it, and they link to any rumor, no matter how far-fetched.

    And what a ridiculous sense of entitlement by Frank – he’s whining that other teams didn’t hand over their pitchers to the Yankees for bad prospects. Thanks for the daily laugh.

  5. Mike Silva

    I will take Jon Heyman giving us a shout over MLBTR. I don’t think we have to be blessed by them to quote sources. As for friend of a friend, those are your words, not mine. Go to the About page, read our linkups and the record speaks for itself. That is the last I will say on this matter.

  6. James K.

    They are your words Mike, quote from the gamethread last week:

    Reader: “Obviously you can’t reveal your sources for the Mets, but can you tell us if they are employees with the team?”

    MikeSilvaNYBD: “No they are no longer with the Mets, They are friendly with someone in Omar’s inner circle.”

    This is indeed a “friend of a friend of Omar’s”, if we are to believe what you’re saying is true.

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