I do not want Santana
- The tone of this frenzy gets worse when every reporter, baseball genius, or schlub fan says emphatically:
- "The Yankees HAVE TO give up Cano." or
- "The Yankees HAVE TO give up Joba." They really do, they have to. or
- "The Yankees HAVE TO give up Phil Hughes, Melky, and Cano, at least. They HAVE to..."
- Santana would only be a 1-year rental--he's a free agent after the 2008 season.
- And if you did get him for 2009, he'll no doubt be pitching in the 2nd World Baseball scam for Venezuela as he did in 2006.
- He gave up quite a few home runs in 2007. Free agent pitchers are too risky--Yankee fans should know this better than anyone.
- UPDATE: Monday 11/26, Mel Antonen on XM with Chuck Wilson is asked what he thinks about the Santana situation. Re: the Yankees, Antonen said they're in a difficult position right now, that they're definitely rebuilding. For the direction they've been going and what they'd have to give up, it might not help them to trade for Santana.
- Later Wilson interviews Kat O'Brien of Newsday. One of Wilson's questions to her: Do you think the Yankees would make such a long term contract for a pitcher? Kat replies Santana is a special case, but she comes up with the same potential trading chips. She doesn't draw any conclusion about the idea, but it leaves the team in the same situation I discussed. The addition of 1 winning pitcher along with the subtraction of a few key other players doesn't guarantee the future for which the Yankees have been building.
- "For that matter, who knows if Joba can be a starter, or, if he can, how long it will take him to develop into the kind of starter who can average six or seven innings per start (which is the only kind of starter the Yankees really need)?
- (As we go to press, the rumor is that Hughes may be involved in a deal for Twins pitcher Johan Santana. But if the price is Hughes and Melky Cabrera,
- it's a tossup as to whether the Yankees really come out ahead.)"
- ***And from the NY Times, Jack Curry, 11/27/07, "TOP PROSPECTS ARE MERELY DOWN PAYMENT ON SANTANA":
- "Pitchers, even the superb ones, are the most fragile players on the field. Teams are usually reluctant to offer pitchers the long-term deals that position players get because of the injury factor."
- P.S. SHORT MEMORY DEPT.--THE 'LITTLE TIME SPENT INJURED' IS PITCHED IN THIS ARTICLE AS A PLUS FOR SANTANA AND SECONDED BY HANK. THAT WAS ALSO PITCHED BY DAMON'S AGENT AS A PLUS. IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS THAT THE OPPOSITE IS MORE LIKELY--SEE FOR EXAMPLE BJ RYAN. A PITCHER WHO'S A STRIKE OUT TYPE PITCHER WHO HASN'T HAD MAJOR SURGERY IS MORE LIKELY DUE FOR IT THAN NOT.
- "But Minaya speaks for the rest of the baseball community when he says, "If this was a year or so ago, the Yankees would've traded one or two of their prospects for a guy who's about to become a free agent.
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