Because, why not?
Earlier this week, Ervin Santana had his name thrown into the trade ring by Joel Sherman, and we learned that the Cubs are willing to listen on anyone. Of all the Cubs starters, the one we can dream about the most is Matt Garza. Instead of running them through the trade value calculator like I did with Cole Hamels yesterday, I want to explore whether or not the Yankees should even be interested in trading for either one.
The most attractive thing about Santana is his durability. He’s pitched at least 200 innings in three of his last four seasons and four of his last six. Aside from that, he’s got decent control (2.87 career BB/0) and strikeout numbers (7.17 K/0). A durable pitcher who doesn’t walk a lot of guys and shows the ability to miss bats? Sounds like a fit for the Yankees to me. Well, not so much. Santana is a fly ball pitcher who plays in a big park. His GB% was a career high 43.5% this year, but that’s the first time he’s cracked the 40% mark. It’s also worth noting that despite pitching in a big stadium, he’s got a career HR/9 of 1.14. We should also note that his career HR/FB% outside of Anaheim is 10.5% (9.2% at home).
Matt Garza is attractive because we’ve seen him succeed in the American League East and he’s also established himself as a durable pitcher, tossing at least 184 innings since 2008. His strikeout rates have varied a bit, though his control has been pretty good. What helped Garza be so successful in 2011 was his HR/9…or lack there of. In 2009 and 2010, his HR/9 marks were 1.11 and 1.29. This season, he cut it to 0.63, despite pitching in Wrigley field (10.3% HR/FB home, 4.0% road). That’s encouraging for sure. Garza hasn’t been much of a groundball guy either (41.0% career), but he did bump that mark up to 46.3% last year. If he could keep this GB rate up while keeping the home run rate down, he’d be on his way to big time status.
Of course, we’ve also got to consider their salary costs. Santana is due to make $11.2M in 2012 and has a $13M club option ($1M buyout) for 2013. Garza, a super-two, is projected to make $8.7M in 2012 in his second to last season of arbitration.
After looking at the numbers semi-closely, I don’t think I’d want the Yankees to trade for either guy. Santana’s skillset doesn’t seem to fit Yankee Stadium and I’m still not entirely sold on Garza. I’d like to see him repeat 2011. Going into this post, I didn’t think I’d say what I just did, but lo and behold…
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