Monday, October 13, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

To the extent that there may be attractive trade options out there, should the Yankees maintain the same policy as last winter, keeping their key young prospects untouchable? It doesn't seem to have worked out so well this year, so the question is, are we still committed to the idea that we have to build primarily from within and avoid trading away our young prospects.

7 comments:

Bucky7588 said...

i think a problem this year is that we focused too much on prospects, those WS's weren't won on prospects alone, we did have quality free agents and trades. the trick is to find a happy medium

raven said...

I will keep Joba.
And Coke, too. Because it's so hard to find a talented young lefty pitcher.

raven said...

Can you believe Jon Lester just melt down like Josh Beckett?

Steve said...

Say good-bye to Melky and see what they can get for him. Stay away from CC but go after AJ. Kennedy shoud be trade bait but keep Hughes.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Melky won't bring back much, nor will Kennedy. I think we hold onto Kennedy to see what we may have in him, while Melky is more expendable. Too many young pitchers have been traded only to make something of themselves. Like when the Mets traded Kazmir to the Rays for the not-so-good Zambrano, and then watched him become one of the better left handed pitchers.

Raven, I saw that, but he's young and it was bound to happen. As for Beckett, I think his best season for the Red Sox already happened and he won't be touching those numbers as long as he's in the AL.

Bucky, I'm in full agreement. I think making trades is a lost art for the Yankees. Now, the only time the Yankees really make trades is at the trade deadline for their playoff push. They need to look at what could be available and how much it will cost us. I mean just imagine the Cardinals bite on a trade for Pujols. That would be pretty cool. But the problem is that we don't have that many intriguing players to trade. We have some good prospects, but none of them have any big league experience, and any big player we trade for will require at least one major league ready player in return. The only one we got is Cano, and he had his worst season this year.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com said...

I'm with bucky. A happy medium is what we need. We hung our '08 rotation on Hughes and Kennedy, having only seen them for brief stretches the previous fall. Good prospects can't be rushed to the majors because the team is desperate.

bigjf said...

There is no way I stay away from CC and go after Burnett, steve. AJ is going to cost way more than he's worth, considering he'll want compensation for opting out. Aside from his starts against the Yanks and Boston, he's about as overrated as they come. He's got a big injury history, and as good as his stuff can be, the numbers don't translate.CC, on the other hand, has been terrific, at least in the regular season. He's been completely healthy and has been about as dominating as you can get. He spent 3 months in the NL, and yet people mention him in the running for MVP and Cy Young. He won't win either, but just to be in the discussion...You could argue that he'll be worn out after the past couple of seasons, but to spend big money on a dominating starting pitcher, I'd rather get burned that way than on a guy like Burnett or Sheets, whom I can pretty much pencil down for some DL stints. If the Yanks make one signing all off-season, I want CC.