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The Expensive Joakim Soria Deal



By Mike Silva ~ January 9th, 2011. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees.

Bill Madden discussed the Yankees overtures to Kansas City this offseason regarding closer Joakim Soria. During the summer, we discussed Yankees interest in Soria with Jesus Montero as the center of the package. Madden reports that Brian Cashman would be willing to part with Montero, as well as Eduardo Nunez,in a deal. I believe this is an expensive package the Yankees shouldn’t give up, but even more shockingly, why Kansas City GM Dayton Moore hasn’t pulled the trigger.

I was all for trading Montero for Soria during the season when it appeared the Yankees were short in the bullpen. NYBD contributor Jed Weisberger outlined reasons why Montero shouldn’t be untouchable during that time. I never pass up a possible championship for the promise of tomorrow, but I don’t see things the same way now.

Jesus Montero is, by many accounts, is a potential power bat in the mold of Mike Piazza. I had my doubts about Montero, and thought Austin Romine was the better catching prospect, but he turned things around at Scranton after a rough start in 2010. On the other hand, Romine still appears to have some work to do on both sides of the ball. Trading away 30+ homers, a .300 batting average, and 100 RBI for a setup man seems to be much. Not to mention the fact they would be giving up middle infield depth that might be necessary considering the ages of Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Its, quite simply, too expensive of a package. Even more puzzling is Nunez is the same player the Yanks allowed the Cliff Lee deal with Seattle to die over.

If this were July and the only piece holding the Yankees back from taking the next step was Soria, perhaps my tune would be different. Monitor the Soria situation, and I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities to acquire him later on. With the “quantity over quality” hauls that both Zack Greinke and Matt Garza yielded, I believe the Yankees could find enough prospects not named Montero to make something happen.

The bigger story here is how Dayton Moore could turn down a Montero/Nunez deal. He actually might be doing the Yankees a favor.

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1 Response to The Expensive Joakim Soria Deal

  1. ecp

    The Montero for Soria suggestion was debunked ages ago. The Yankees never made any such offer. Why do people still insist on repeating it?

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