Now at First Base: Josh Phelps?

Still no word on the return of Andy Pettitte, but the Yanks have taken Ken Josh Phelps in the Rule 5 Draft today, as the Winter Meetings come to a close. As soon as he gets dumped from the roster, back he goes to the Orioles. Call it a kick in Andy Phillips pants. Other notes: the Cubs have signed Ted Lilly after a lukewarm reception from the Yanks, the ChiSox dumped Freddy Garcia on the Phils (phew! just the kind of lame pickup the Yanks made in the past), and potential Jorge backup Mike Piazza will be replacing The Big Hurt in Oakland. Jason Schmidt is now a Dodger as well, so maybe they’ll be dealing an arm. Okay, talk amongst yourselves….

14 comments… add one
  • Great deal for the White Sox are my thoughts.

    Seth December 7, 2006, 10:20 am
  • The Yankees must feel either very confident in their chances at landing Pettite or feel very confident that Pavano and Johnson are going to do a bang-up job instead of being banged up.
    Ahh, the Rule 5. So full of ultimate disappointment. I know once in a while a gem comes out of the process, but it seems like the Sox’ best pickup of all-time was Brian Daubach back in the day. Vaughn Eshelman had a couple good starts, one or two of them against the Yanks. Adam Stern made a nice diving catch once. Am I missing anyone?

    Paul SF December 7, 2006, 10:35 am
  • not for the Sox anyhow.

    Brad December 7, 2006, 10:36 am
  • i actually thought the Garcia trade was big for the phillies. His era is high, but I think he could be a solid pitcher for the phillies. they might actually be good this year.

    m.g. yanks fan December 7, 2006, 11:53 am
  • Here’s a good link to stats for the Sox’ selection: TB pitcher Nick Debarr.
    http://firstinning.com/players/Nick-Debarr-656/
    He’s never pitched higher than high-A ball, and he’s one year removed from Tommy John surgery. He put up good numbers in 2006 though.
    My question, for anyone who knows: Is he required to be on the Sox’ Major League roster, or can he simply remain on the 40-man while he pitches in the minors? It’d be hard to see him pitching well in the majors without a couple more years/levels under his belt.

    Paul SF December 7, 2006, 1:38 pm
  • I think after he spends a certain amount of time on the 25-man he can be demoted back to the minors; isn’t that what they used to do with Adam Stern?

    desturbd1 December 7, 2006, 1:40 pm
  • “The Yankees must feel either very confident in their chances at landing Pettite or feel very confident that Pavano and Johnson are going to do a bang-up job instead of being banged up.”
    paul, your comment gave me the chills…this is the first time in memory that the yanks have been this quiet…i said a few weeks ago that this may be the calm before the storm…the yanks may have a big deal brewing that even the worms that populate what we call “the media” may not have smelled yet…don’t be surprised if there’s a big christmas present waiting for the yanks………..or not….

    dc December 7, 2006, 4:31 pm
  • I wont be surprised in the slightest bit, dc.

    Brad December 7, 2006, 4:34 pm
  • In all honesty, the Yankees have fewer holes than the Red Sox, so it makes sense that they are quieter. They don’t have a lot of holes in the lineup, they have a big-time closer. The main thing is the rotation.
    That said, I’m surprised the Yankees haven’t at least done something. Every team can improve, and the Tiger series showed pretty clearly the Yankees need to improve. I’d be thrilled if they went in with a rotation of Mussina, Wang, Johnson, Pavano and Scramble, but I can’t see it happening. So I, too, expect (fear) a big move. One can hope, though.

    Paul SF December 7, 2006, 4:41 pm
  • Well said, Paul. I am not hyper-concerned about the Yankee’s lack of moves. I’m sure everyone remembers they had the tools to win the east and the best record in the league.
    Where are the holes? The areas of deficiency for NY last season were in 3-5 starting and in mid relief. Will RJ be healthy? Who knows. Part of the starting situation may be answered by the Igawa signing and maybe the return of Pavano, which I think is basically a pipe-dream, but I look forward to being proven a cynic. Maybe Pettite will be in stripes next year. Strangely, I’m kind of indifferent on that point.
    Middle relief is my area of biggest concern. It was addressed to a certain extent by the Sheffield trade. There’s also several young arms that may see a turn in the pen before their (hopeful) rise to the rotation.
    I’m quite content with how things are right now with the roster. I don’t want to see a big move for the sake of making a move, when there really isn’t any talent out there that I think will make a big difference over what they Yanks brought to the game last season.

    attackgerbil December 7, 2006, 5:00 pm
  • AG why the concern on middle relief? Proctor(If he doesnt become a starter). Britton. Farnsworth. Bruney. Myers. Villone was offered arbitration (I think). And we have not got to the young guys yet.

    Seth December 7, 2006, 5:23 pm
  • “…and maybe the return of Pavano, which I think is basically a pipe-dream, but I look forward to being proven a cynic….”
    …you know what ag?…i hope you [and i] are wrong too…i wouldn’t mind settling down to a delicious heaping helping of crow with you…in fact i’ll even cook it and bring the wine…

    dc December 7, 2006, 7:36 pm
  • Phelps is an interesting pickup, but the problem is that he appears to be an absolute butcher at 1B.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) December 8, 2006, 10:44 am
  • Kills the point, I presume. If only the Yanks can get their hands on Teixeira..

    Lar December 8, 2006, 11:02 am

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