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Cashin’ Checks (Snappin’ Necks)

Brian Cashman says he’s not looking for a starting pitcher. Says that’s why the Yanks have ol’ Serge Mitre. Over at River Ave Blues, our pal Joe Pawlikowski looks at some of the options that are out there.

Whadda you think?


1 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 20, 2010 9:20 am

I sense he's bluffing, but something tells me W.C. Fields can beat my pair of Mitres. I could drop both of them, and go for the Gaudin-high straight. Hmmm....


2 rbj   ~  Jul 20, 2010 9:40 am

It all depends upon the price tag. I wouldn't have minded so much giving up Montero for Cliff Lee, but as it is now a month later and you aren't going to get as good a starter, I'd hold off on trading him or Romine. Royals might be willing to part with Geinke for the right package, but I don't think he's got the right mental make up for NY (not meant as a put down, others have shown that NY is a very tough place, mentally, to play.)

What's Aceves' schedule look like? Can we limb along with an Alfredo/Sergio combo for a month?

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 20, 2010 9:53 am

[2] River Ave. had an update on Aceves a few days ago. Not much happening with him after his recent set-back. He can't be counted on at this point.

4 rbj   ~  Jul 20, 2010 10:03 am

[3] Dang. Thanks.

5 seamus   ~  Jul 20, 2010 11:12 am

Whether or not Cashman is telling it true, he is saying exactly what he should say. Saying otherwise would simply drive up market prices.

6 monkeypants   ~  Jul 20, 2010 11:32 am

From MLBtraderumors.com...

White Sox GM Kenny Williams has been trying “desperately” to acquire Adam Dunn from the Nationals, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cowley’s source says the White Sox don’t want to move Carlos Quentin or Gordon Beckham to acquire Dunn, but would move any minor leaguer, and would trade Dayan Viciedo or Daniel Hudson. But Williams still finds that Nats GM Mike Rizzo is asking a lot, according to Cowley’s source.

"The problem Kenny is finding out is that Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,'' the source said.

The alleged indignation that the Nationals GM acts as if Dunn is Ryan Howard amused me, given that the two are in fact just about the same.

I'm not sure why i posted this on this thread, other than that i sure hope the Yankees could trade for Dunn...or Howard.

7 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 20, 2010 11:53 am

[6] "BUT HE'S AN MVP!!11"

I still want Prince Fielder, only because Prince Fielder just makes me laugh. And he and CC attacking the post-game buffet would be a sight to see.

8 monkeypants   ~  Jul 20, 2010 11:59 am

Sure, why not. Any of the three would do. And Prince is indeed funny.

9 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:05 pm

You know, two straight years of being "unlucky" makes me think this is just Ricky Nolasco.

10 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:06 pm

[8] yeah as you said, they're all essentially the same guy. Howard is understandably unavailable, but the other two are basically interchangeable offensively and its not like you'd be saddled with either one of them into their late 30's or anything.

I guess objectively you'd have to rate Dunn slightly higher because in a pinch you could stick him in the outfield, but obviously you'd like to avoid that.

11 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:08 pm

[10] You can stick Dunn in Yankee Stadium left field in the same sense than you can stick me there.

12 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:12 pm

[11] I'm not trying to make him out to be 1992 Barry Bonds, I'm just saying you conceivably COULD put him out there and just pray no one hits the ball to him for an inning or two. I'm not saying I'd want him there in game 7 or anything.

13 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:19 pm

[12] I really like the idea of Adam Dunn. But I don't think his ability to stand in the spot where left fielders stand should be the deciding factor.

14 monkeypants   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:37 pm


In today's blog Olney writes that "the Brewers' clear preference will be for young power pitching."  The deal would have to be built around a household name - a hurler found on Baseball America's midseason top 50 prospects list or a flamethrower who was recently promoted.  I'm guessing the Brewers would want a top 100 prospect as well, and those two players would form the foundation of the deal.

Hmmm. Joba + two prospects not named Montero or Romine?

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 20, 2010 12:51 pm

[14] In that vain, you might find this interesting...I sure did


16 monkeypants   ~  Jul 20, 2010 1:12 pm

15) interesting. I'm actually not much in favor of trading Joba, all things being equal. But my gut tells me that he will continue to struggle with the Yankees for whatever reason, and they will probably never have the patience to convert back to a starter (where I think his greatest value lies, but who knows, maybe I'm wrong). So I have sort of resigned myself to the pessimistic conclusion that the only way for the team to get any real value out of Joba is to trade him. Unfortunately, they would be selling low right now.

17 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 20, 2010 1:24 pm

[15] I've been hearing that for a month now.

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