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Could the Yanks Pry Away Matt Cain From San Francisco?

By Frank Russo ~ October 21st, 2011. Filed under: New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

One of the options for the Yankees this offseason would be to use their assets to acquire another team’s young ace.

Scuttlebutt down in Tampa has the Yankees interested in sending out “feelers” to the Giants about the availability of Matt Cain. The Yankees would probably have to throw the kitchen sink at San Francisco in order to pry him away. That would mean including Montero, one of the Killer B’s, Hughes, and maybe a major league ready positional player like Brett Gardner. You’re talking a big haul for a deal like this to get done. Cain has pitched 200+ innings five straight years, and despite a losing record, has an ERA of 3.26 during that time. However, not everyone in the Yankees organization thinks he is worth that kind of expensive package.

Would the Giants be interested? All I know is Brian Sabean does not like to deal any of his pitching. Although that changed this past July when he sent top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the Mets in the Carlos Beltran deal. Never say never, but it wouldn’t be a deal easily pulled off. Cain is a free agent after 2012 so its possible they could use him to balance out their roster versus giving him an expensive long-term deal.


Despite the fact that they are not happy with Swisher’s off field antics, the Yankees are going to pick up his $10 million option.


There are some in the Yankees organization who believe they are again going to make a run at Felix Hernandez.

Remember, Brian Cashman said earlier this year that “fans would have been shocked how hard I went after him” last offseason. Many don’t believe King Felix will be traded as long as Jack Zduriencik remains the GM in Seattle. Back in July, Mariners television broadcaster Dave Sims told our very own Mike Silva that a Felix Hernandez/Yankees union “is never going to happen.” It can’t hurt Brian Cashman to try again this winter, but I wouldn’t expect to see anything get serious.

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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 Could the Yanks Pry Away Matt Cain From San Francisco?

  1. dan l

    Absolutely a terrible idea going after Matt Cain. He would suck in NY.

  2. Chuck Johnson

    The Yanks have been after Cain since at least 2009. Mention Cain to Cashman and he disappears for ten minutes to take a cold shower.

    To Dan….would Cain suck worse than AJ? Is he cheaper than AJ?

    Answers: No and Yes.

    Sign me up.

    The NL has no DH, which means Montero’s off the table.

    There’s no one in the minor league system who’s untouchable, so stop thinking Banuelos and/or Betances is too much to offer.

  3. dan l

    No right handed fly ball pitchers!

  4. lilhmb

    Sorry, guys, but it ain’t gonna happen.

    S.F. Fan

  5. Lou

    SF Fan, you are right that its not going to happen. The Suggested haul is lunacy. Its one year of Matt Cain. This package isn’t worth one year of any pitcher in baseball.
    The package suggested was:
    Montero (A top 10 positional prospect)
    Betances or Banuelos (A top 30 pitching prospect)
    Hughes (At this point a high upside cost controlled back end starter)
    Gardner (greater WAR, lower cost, and 3 times as many cost controled years as Cain)
    Some in the Yankees organization? Give me a break.

  6. Matt

    Yes, the suggested haul is lunacy. What is even more insane is that even with that suggested haul, most Giants fans would be furious. Matt Cain is the SF Giants Heart, Soul, and first homegrown star since Matt Williams. He means the world to every Giants fan.

    Also, Montero would be sweet if 2/3 of our best young position players didn’t play C and 1B.

    CC Sabathia is the only other pitcher, with Matt Cain, to go for 200+ innings and a 115+ ERA+ for five consecutive years. Cain would have six, but when he was only 21, they limited him to 190 innings. Prudent move. Matt Cain is not the sort of player any organization looks to trade; he is the player organizations build around, which the Giants have done. It would take an overpay of epic proportions to pry him away from SF, and the fans would go crazy over it.

    Also, about that flyball stuff: Matt Cain has maintained one of the lowest HR rates in the majors over his career, with only a 3.7% rate last year. If you watched him, you’d know that not many of his flyballs go to the warning track; most are infield, foul, and shallow outfield. And he doesn’t get the benefit of pitching against the hapless Giants offense.

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