Now Pitching for the Yankees…

Baseball’s annual meeting of GMs begins today, and Brian Cashman is sure to be one of the featured players in whatever drama is to unfold—and let’s remember, there was a time when he wasn’t even given permission to attend these meetings. “We’re ready and we’re prepared to hit the ground running,” says Cash. Things sure have changed, and for the better. Two deals, for Sheff and Wright, are already in the books. The Yankee pen is pretty much set, as follows:


There’s also help in the minors, with T.J. Beam and J. Brent Cox. The Yanks still need a backup for Jorge (Girardi!) and a first baseman, but the obvious priority is starting pitching. Here’s what they’ve got now:

-Moose (almost sure to return for 2 years)
-Johnson (back problems)
-Pavano (oy)

That’s two “sure” things, two we-don’t-knows, and one empty slot. (Which might have been Cory Lidle’s–but probably not.) Assuming the Yanks don’t win the Matsuzaka sweepstakes, we assume they’ll go hard for lefty innings eater Barry Zito. With Johnson beginning the season on the DL, the rotation at the begining of the year would be, one presumes:


The Yanks have plenty of good options in their minor league system for that fifth slot, specifically:


And that’s not counting Phil Hughes, who can be brought along slowly, possibly for a mid-season callup. Pavano, of course, remains a big question mark. As does the Unit. But the Yankees would seem to be in good shape—if they can pull in Zito, or if not him, Jason Schmidt.

14 comments… add one
  • I’ve been reading on Kei Igawa, but there’s not much info on him.. anyone have any ideas?

    Lar November 13, 2006, 10:35 am
  • BDD (yeah I know) says that Theo is going to make a huge push for Peavy. This, I’d love to see on opening day –
    Is that asking too much?

    Brad November 13, 2006, 10:52 am
  • I love Peavy.. I didn’t know he was available. Ya, that would be a sick lineup indeed, even though I pretty much predict a bad Schilling year every year!

    Lar November 13, 2006, 11:05 am
  • As a Yankee fan I would be very very sad if the Sox were able to aquire Peavy. What’s the rumor for Peavy based on besides wishful thinking?
    Also, I don’t think Zito is a lock for the Yankees. I think he’ll end up in the national league. Schmidt, will probably be about as good as Vasquez was–meaning not as bad as everyone wants to remember but also not that great either.

    walein November 13, 2006, 11:19 am
  • I do not see the Padres trading Peavy for anything but the Sox’ best farmhands, and most of them at that. If Theo could pull of a Peavy acquisition without bankrupting the farm that would obviously be a coup.
    Breath not being held.

    SF November 13, 2006, 11:22 am
  • It’s a story on BDD, which is the only place I’ve heard it with the exception of the big trade talks that were between the two at the deadline last year. Regardless, the Red Sox do have the parts and a great relationship with SD. It’s possible even though Peavy signed last year for an extension with them, and it would definitely be a sick pickup for them. That guy is a horse of an inning eater.

    Brad November 13, 2006, 11:22 am
  • Uh, let’s just say that the story BDD links to, at the Herald, says nothing. Actually, it doesn’t say nothing; it says that Peavy is a player that interests the Sox (duh), that Kevin Towers said he’d never trade him, and that the Sox might consider offering Manny for Peavy, but that Manny has a no-trade clause.
    None of this takes much creativity to figure out. The Sox may covet Francisco Cordero as closer too, but anyone see that being written about? They call this kind of speculation “filler”.

    SF November 13, 2006, 11:25 am
  • I agree SF. But I’ve seen GM’s talk about the untradeable before.

    Brad November 13, 2006, 11:27 am
  • In fact, the Herald admits that Theo is “one of many” GMs who love Peavy’s stuff, that the Padres need a big right-handed bat, and that an offer of Manny Ramirez would “make them sit up and take notice.”
    The fact that Michael Silverman thinks the Sox could trade Manny for Jake Peavy is based on as much sourcing as any of the possibilities you’ll see thrown around this site — and that is: None.

    Paul SF November 13, 2006, 11:28 am
  • A lot of GMs have interest in Peavy? Yeah. Also in Santana. And Ben Sheets. And Clemens, too! Now wouldn’t that make for a great rotation!

    YF November 13, 2006, 11:43 am
  • I would add d-train to your list of yanks starters. One has to think the stockpiling of prospects by the yanks will be used to send some of the away.
    I can’t see Manny-Peavy happening when they didn’t take Sheffield, prospects, cash and whatever else they wanted. They also did not hire Baker, a sign that the probably want to keep their pitchers.

    Seth November 13, 2006, 11:45 am
  • Note: after further review, it looks like Ron VIllone is off the 40 man roster, so the Yanks only lefty reliever is currently Myers, and he had a reverse split last season (he did better against righties).
    Yanks might want another lefty out there.

    YF November 13, 2006, 1:05 pm
  • So Villone’s been cut? Or just demoted to AAA?

    Sam November 13, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Villone = FA

    YF November 13, 2006, 1:53 pm

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