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Hot Stove: Figgins, Holliday, Halladay, and Lackey

By Frank Russo ~ November 10th, 2009. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

I’ve been hearing some interesting chatter from down Tampa way that the Yankees “might” explore signing none other than long time nemesis Chone Figgins. Figgins is a very good player who could help lots of teams, but he doesn’t seem to be a good fit in the Bronx, simply for the fact that there really is no room for him- at least at the moment. I spoke to my main source down in Tampa who told me that Figgins could be a replacement for either Damon, if he is not resigned, or Melky, who could be switched to left field or moved in a trade. As I said, Chone Figgins in “pinstripes” doesn’t appear to be a fit at all.

As far as Matt Holliday goes, the Yankees are still his first choice, but at this point, there is more of a chance of Howard Megdal becoming a Republican than there is of Holliday roaming left field in the “New House” next season.

There have been a lot of reports about the Mets being interested in Roy Halladay and Adrian Gonzalez. We were told by an NL executive that, right now, the Mets, if they so desire, have a legitimate shot at obtaining both star players. While Gonzalez wants to stay in San Diego for the duration, he is almost surely going to get moved. Met fans should salivate at the thought of a starting lineup with both Halladay and Gonzalez in the 2010. As far as Halladay goes, the Mets need to do whatever it takes to keep him away from the Phillies. We spoke with an NL Central scout who told us that “Omar needs to act swiftly and with the utmost urgency” to try to obtain Halladay.

In regards to the “Halladay Sweepstakes,” one sleeper team that no one seems to be mentioning is the Dodgers. Los Angeles has a wealth of talent at both the major league and minor league levels to satisfy Toronto’s demands. We were told by an NL West executive that now that he is talking contract extension, Joe Torre wants a number one starter to lead his rotation. Torre’s influence with Dodgers management could override any financial concerns that would normally prohibit a trade for a money pitcher such as Halladay.

Speaking of Halladay, we were told by our main Yankees source down in Tampa that A.J. Burnett is once again imploring Brian Cashman to go out and trade for his mentor and friend. As we stated in our last column, the Yanks will most likely not be a player for Halladay, unless maybe the Red Sox get involved. “If” that happens, all bets are off.

John Lackey is a different story entirely. The Yankees are looking to add an arm to the starting rotation, in case Pettitte retires, and many in the Yankees organization feel that the big Texan would be the perfect fit. Lackey’s first preference would be to go to the Rangers, but unfortunately, they have no money to spend. Many execs and scouts think that Lackey would be a great fit for the Mets.

Several Yankees filed for Free Agency on Monday, including Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon, Jose Molina and Eric Hinske. The majority of the baseball people that I have spoken with since the end of the World Series feel that it would be a mistake for Brian Cashman to bring back both Matsui and Damon, as the team needs to not only get younger, but also open up the DH spot to give every day players like Jorge Posada the occasional rest.

Passing Thoughts
In one of his columns, Mike Silva proposed a trade of Robinson Cano this off-season. This of course, infuriated many Yankee fans. Have no fear Yankee fans. I spoke with a league executive this morning who told me that there is no way that Cano will be traded.

Howard Megdal asked, “Where Is the Joy?” in his Monday column, when it comes to Yankees fans and the latest championship. I don’t know what parade Megdal, a Mets fan, was watching, but I can tell you that every fan I know, and I am in contract with thousands through my website, were simply overflowing with sheer joy and happiness. In fact, I spoke with several dozen people who went to the parade, who told me that the level of enthusiasm was “off the charts.”

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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.

4 Responses to Hot Stove: Figgins, Holliday, Halladay, and Lackey

  1. SJ

    wheres the joy??? the fact that we can wear yankee hats with pride while met fans have to run n hide is joy enough

  2. Jason

    Why the hell would Halladay go to the Mets? I seem to recall something called a “no-trade clause” in his contract meaning Halladay wants to go to a CONTENDER, not a pretender like the Mets…

  3. Matt

    I could see the Yanks getting Lackey& Figgins. The yanks will let Damon go. Which as the article stated Figgins could be the replacement. I don’t know what is up with Wang but I think he has lost it and the Yanks should sign Lackey to replace him. He is the type of pitcher the Yanks need he is a bull and eats up innings!! When I evaluate Lackey I would want innings out of him and not so much the wins..

  4. Jamie

    What is up with Wang? He had shoulder surgery this year, thats whats up with him. I think you give Wang a very incentive based contract and also go after Bedard with an incentive based contract. if they work out well we score if not we are not on the hook. And we still have CC AJ and Andy + Phil and Joba for the back end. I wouldnt spend on Lackey poor FA Market this year. Forget about Figgins playing Outfield that is the worst idea ever. Resign Johnny and go get Holliday. See what halliday will take…
    Thats how i would play it.

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