Good Riddance

Reports have it that Randy Levine has called off negotiations with the DBacks for the Big Unit, owing to the “outsized” demands of the Arizonas. Offers from the Bronx included Vazquez, Halsey, Graman, and cash to pay some large portion of their salaries. Gamesmanship? We shall see. But the DBacks turned down a reasonably good deal, in our opinion. A return to the NL might be just what Vazquez needs, and Halsey is a legit prospect (see Ted Lilly). Put ‘em together and you have 20-30 wins a season for some time, and at a subsidized rate. Instead they’ve got a moody 39 year old who wants out, and few places to send him. Much ado.

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  • Odds are that any deal as represented or leaked to the media are not accurate, so whatever YF thinks Arizona “turned down” is probably not what they turned down, and anything that the Yanks say they offered is probably not what they offered. My guess is this is all posturing, and the truth is unknown.
    As for “legit prospects”, so was Casey Fossum, and we all know how that has worked out. Color me unshocked if the D-Backs would rather try to milk a much better deal out of an even more desperate and richer partner than last year’s Thanksgiving buddies.

    SF December 2, 2004, 3:50 am
  • Let’s see, Vazquez wins 15 games a year, and Halsey, to get the D-Backs to YF’s hypothetical 20, wins the other 5. He ain’t winning 15 anytime soon, that I can be sure of. What a deal!
    But regardless of what Halsey’s potential is as a ‘legit prospect’, I’ll wager YF a “Big Unit” at the 2nd Avenue Deli (aka a hot pastrami on rye) that this deal gets done in some fashion before the year is out, Halsey and his 5-15 wins per year or not.

    SF December 2, 2004, 4:30 am
  • I’m torn on these trade talks. Unit will probably be dominating, and though he’s some sort of biological freak, he’s on the wrong side of 35, not to mention 40. This season aside, I think Vazquez has it in him to be an ace for years to come. Our pitching rotation is thin, so I’m not too keen on giving up a pitcher to get another. If only Johnson were a free agent, then we could just get him without giving up talent.

    Clay December 2, 2004, 10:18 am
  • I well admit the Yankee statements may be, in part, posturing, but posture may turn into something more, as Yanks begin aggressive negotiations with other players and teams, spreading their money and chits and roster slots around elsewhere. By the time the DBacks come around, it may be too late for a deal. So in that spirit, we accept SF’s bet (worst case scenario: we end up with Randy Johnson and lunch at the 2nd Ave. Deli—pretty much a win-win for us.)

    YF December 2, 2004, 10:11 pm

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