- Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Rosenthal that he was “very aggressive” going after pitching help, whether it be high-end starters, low-end starters, or relievers. “I was on all of it,” Cashman said.
- Cashman specifically targeted Jarrod Washburn, but the Mariners asked for top prospect Austin Jackson in return. The Yankees were also “one of several clubs” to inquire about Felix Hernandez.
- Rosenthal says Heath Bell was their primary target among relievers, as the idea was to make him the primary setup man for Mariano Rivera, and possibly put Phil Hughes or Alfredo Aceves back into the rotation.
A few reactions. First, kudos to Cash for passing on Washburn. He’s a nice pitcher who’s having a good season, but I don’t give up a top flight prospect like A-Jax for 2 months of him. Next, if Heath Bell was on the team, then even with as great as Hughes has been as the setup man, he would be expendable to be stretched out in the minors and join the rotation in September. But the trade didn’t happen so he’s not. This illustrates that the Yanks still view Hughes as a starter long term, and and their desire to make Aceves the 5th starter. But since a trade didn’t pan out, now they’ll be looking to make these things happen internally. The key(s) to this will be the performances of Brian Bruney, Mark Melancon and possibly Damaso Marte. If any of them assert themselves as reliable bullpen options on par with Aceves, look for his return to the rotation. That doesn’t mean Mitre is out, Aceves will likely be taking Joba’s place as he approaches his innings limits.
Finally, I’m amazed the Mariners are even listening to offers for King Felix at this point. He has only 4 years of service time, so the team still controls him for the next few seasons. But the fact that they even listened to offers signals their intent with him, and unless he signs a massive extension (doubtful) I’d expect him to be the focus of attention for next year’s trade deadline should the Mariners fall out of contention. He will draw an enormous trade package, and the biggest contract in Baseball history should he go free agent. 25 year old elite power pitchers just don’t hit the FA market, ever. He could garner 8-10 years at CC Sabathia money as a free agent. Depending on his health, he’s also a possible 300 game winner in an era where many sportswriters thought they’d never see one again.
BTW-Once again, NoMaas knocks it out of the park. Congrats to the Melkman, who made quite the delivery yesterday.
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