Rumor Mill(wood)

The Daily News reports Cash is/was in talks with Cleveland over Kevin Millwood, and is still searching for other pitching help, though a new CF for our Bombers is apparently not likely. (Note: Womack was playing in center last night, to give would-be shoppers a nice viewing.)

As for Boston, we expect something, if not the Sox/Mets/Rays three-way that puts Manny in Shea, Cameron and Huff in Beantown, Minaya’s first born in Tampa, and Big Papi in a permanently bad mood.

Elsewhere, Byrne went to Baltimore for Bigbie in the alliterative move of the week. So he’s off the table.

Consider this your open trade thread…..

16 comments… add one
  • I wonder if Manny, the MVP of the only WS the Sox have won since 1918, is affected by the booing AT home.
    In any case..I can’t wait till the Sox break-up the 3-4 punch of Manny and Papi.

    Marky.Mark July 30, 2005, 1:12 pm
  • Is anyone OTHER than Omar Minaya interested in giving players for Manny? If they are, you have to ask why they all passed last year.
    Omar did a great job in Montreal dealing with a low budget. But he seems a lot less smart with a big budget. He paid way too much for Beltran (everyone else dropped out long before – currently .265, 12 hr, 54 rbi), and almost pulled a stupid deal for post-steroid Sosa (currently .235, 13 hr, 37 rbi).
    Suzyn Waldman says all the Yankee players would like to see Manny leave the Sox. She also reports that Ortiz wants Manny hitting behind him. Obviously — who else on the Sox could protect Ortiz the way Manny does? Take Manny and Nixon out of the lineup and it’s a lot less scary.
    If Theo can pull a rabbit out of this hat, he deserves some credit.

    john massengale July 30, 2005, 2:15 pm
  • The Fates work in strange ways. The Yanks have picked up Sox reject Alan Embree. Whom the Sox acquired because, as a Padre, he had been a Yankee killer.
    Meanwhile, NY up 2-0 on CALAnaheim. Go team!

    YF July 30, 2005, 2:15 pm
  • The Yankees are grabbing guys with 6 and 7 run ERAs quicker than any team I can remember. Have fun with Embree. I love the guy, but he’s been terrible all year.

    mattymatty July 30, 2005, 2:38 pm
  • The Yankees have 4 starters on the DL and dumped Quantrill and Stanton. They need bodies.
    What’s impressive is how well Leiter, Small and now Chacon have done.
    You’re right, Matty Matty, but when was the last time a contending team had SUCH a bad pitching staff?
    BTW, Chacon’s era, pitching in Coors, was 4.07.
    And reportedly Theo had a couple of deals for Embree but Embree vetoed them, as was his right. Suzyn Waldman reports Theo was “sure” Embree would stay on the West Coast rather than come to the AL East.
    It will be interesting to see Embree face Ortiz. I have no prediction at this point, but it sure would be interesting to see him strikeout Ortiz in a key situation.

    john massengale July 30, 2005, 2:58 pm
  • Considering the fact that we’re going to pay him the pro-rated minimum salary, I see no risk involved in signing him. If he pitches like he pitched in Boston, he won’t find himself in a lot of games. If he does better than what we have already (lefty Wayne Franklin), then it’s a good signing. It remains to be seen what he can do.
    And mattymatty, it’s not exactly a buyers market right now with plenty of pitchers with sub 3.00 ERA available. Yankees are doing the best they can to patch things till Pavano, Wright, Brown and Wang come back, whenever that may be, so it’s not like they can trade for a Sandy Koufax for 2 low level prospects. In either case, I like the fact that they have said they wouldn’t trade away the core of prospects they have for some short-term help. I’d just stick to worrying about your own team and your own pitching and bullpen woes.

    Marky.Mark July 30, 2005, 3:05 pm
  • Embree may not even be on the Yankees by the time they face the Red Sox again. Keep in mind this guy couldn’t hack it and got cut from the worst bullpen in the AL. I’d temper my expectations a bit if I were you.

    mattymatty July 30, 2005, 3:07 pm
  • “I’d just stick to worrying about your own pitching and bullpen woes”
    Definite problems with this… Ok, problem one: the Yankees (just like every other team) have to be responsible for all aspects of the players they sign. This includes injury concerns. Pavano, Brown and Wright all have tremendious injury histories, so expecting any of them to make it through an entire season injury-free is probably unrealistic. Many different baseball experts stated that fact at the beginning of the season. So, to give the Yankees a pass because some of their injury prone pitchers get hurt isn’t telling the whole story.
    Just to clarify: I’m not saying signing Embree was a bad decision; in fact I think it was a good one, but when you have to go around in the middle of the season picking up other team’s detritus then there has to be some blame assigned to the Yankee front office.
    Problem two: I’m a fan of the Red Sox, but I’m also a fan of baseball. Why can’t I pay attention to other teams besides my favorite?

    mattymatty July 30, 2005, 3:18 pm
  • At the beginning of the season the over under on Yankee wins in Vegas was 104. Where were all these experts that you say stated that the Yankees would have 60-70% of their starters on the DL this season?

    Battingly July 30, 2005, 3:41 pm
  • Before you all blame Embree: Rodriquez walks DaVanon after being up 1 and 2. Embree does a good job on Adam Kennedy who gets a bloop in front of Womack. Then Embree throws the ball away on the bunt.
    Flash comes in and gives up the first hard hit ball of the inning, then balks, then gives up a ground ball.
    Four run rally. But blame Rodriquez and Flash more than Embree.

    john massengale July 30, 2005, 3:56 pm
  • Battingly: the Yankees’ Opening Day starting rotation was Johnson, Pavano, Mussina, Wright, and Brown. You don’t have to be an “expert” to know that 2 of those (Wright and Brown) were serious injury risks.

    Earl July 30, 2005, 4:02 pm
  • YFs: Embree didn’t give up a homer, so count your blessings.
    Tim McCarver is such an idiot it hurts me to even hear his voice.

    mattymatty July 30, 2005, 4:10 pm
  • MATSUI!!!

    john massengale July 30, 2005, 5:10 pm
  • Manny is no longer in tonight’s lineup. This could be really, really bad, and you know that Theo won’t announce anything until after the game. So I am now extremely concerned that he’s been traded. if anyone hears anything, post it, please.

    Laura July 30, 2005, 7:00 pm
  • Laura, the only thing I’ve read as of this moment is that the deal is dead. But the fact that he’s out of the line-up is pretty big. Wow!

    Nick July 30, 2005, 7:05 pm
  • why does it always seem the yanks have more roster spots than any other team, every time i look , they picked up another has-been pitcher…

    TonyC.25 July 31, 2005, 6:30 am

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