Do The Yankees Have A Leg Up For Recruiting Werth?

Phillies' rightfielder Jayson Werth will be one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market next year, and the Yankees might have an ace in the hole if they choose to pursue him. As if they need any more help, Joel Sherman of The New York Post notes that Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson – a special advisor for the Yanks – has a longstanding relationship with Werth's family.

Jackson became good friends with Werth's stepfather Dennis when the two patrolled the Yankees' outfield in the late-70's/early-80's, and he also played with Dick Schofield during his Angels years, who is Jayson's uncle (his mother's brother, to be specific). Sherman says that Jackson and Werth had lunch together before the two teams played yesterday, and then were spotted on the field chatting before first pitch. The commissioner's office frowns upon members of different organizations interacting like that, but Sherman says it happens all the time and the league would have to be able to illustrate tampering to act in any way.

GM Brian Cashman said he didn't know of the meeting and was unaware of Jackson's relationship with Werth's family, but history has shown that he's not above bringing the heat to recruit big free agents. Last offseason he brought Jackson along to a key meeting during their courtship of CC Sabathia

Werth, 31 in May, finally started to deliver on some of the promise that landed him on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects List four times from 1999 to 2003. A career .265/.360/.467 hitter in close to 2,300 big league plate appearances, Werth has hit .276/.376/.494 since arriving in Philadelphia during the 2007 season. His power has improved every year since then, topping out at 36 bombs last year, and he's a top notch defender in all three outfield spots according to UZR. Werth will earn $7MM this season as part of the two-year deal he signed last January.


117 Responses to Do The Yankees Have A Leg Up For Recruiting Werth? Leave a Reply

  1. 04Forever 5 years ago

    If the yankees were smart they would skip Werth and go after Crawford, he has more of what they need, base hits, defense and steals

    • Muggi 5 years ago

      True, but if TB actually ponies up some dough and keeps Crawford, Werth is pretty damn nice 2nd option.

      • yeah but the yankees already have 6 legitimate power hitters in granderson, teixeria, rodriguez, cano, posada, and swisher so do they really need anyone else to hit home runs?

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      I like Crawford better as well, but the thought of Werth protecting A-Rod for the next few years makes me drool…

  2. MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

    Do the Yankees have a leg up on signing any Free Agent?

    – Yes.

  3. Guest 5 years ago

    Is it possible that they can get both Werth and Carl Crawford? If so then the answer is yes!

    • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

      Oh, it’s always possible, but do they feel like it?

      • Guest 5 years ago

        I think the real question is, what number will Carl Crawford be wearing? Number 13 is taken so maybe he takes Brett Gardner’s number #11…

  4. Yankees10 5 years ago

    Even if the Yankees do have a leg up for recruiting Werth, theyre going to sign Crawford anyway.

  5. peterherman 5 years ago

    I’d much rather see the Phillies keep him. If the Yankees get involved, they’ll get him over Philadelphia.

    • Yankees10 5 years ago

      I dont think there is anyway the team re-signs him unless Domonic Brown struggles.

    • Only way I see werth saying with the phils is if Raul ibanez could somehow be moved. I think the ibanez signing is gonna prevent retaining werth as ibanez is making too much money to not play regularly.

  6. aap212 5 years ago

    The Phillies will be smart enough to let him walk, and they will have gotten the best years of his career. He’s going to get paid like a star just in time for him to decline.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      So the Phillies know that he will decline but 29 other teams don’t?

      • Jason_F 5 years ago

        I don’t think he’s saying that the Phillies are privy any information that other teams don’t have, just that it is very likely that his next contract will be overpaying him wherever he ends up. The point is Domonic Brown will presumably be ready after this season and they are willing to risk the possible drop in production from Werth to Brown for the roughly $10M they will save. There’s also a possibility he will produce similarly (maybe not right away) for a lot less loot. Either way, there is no way the Phillies re-sign Werth.

        • markjsunz 5 years ago

          When is a minor league player better then a guy who hits 30 plus homers and 100 plus RBI. Before we make dominic Brown a superstar prehaps we should see if he can hit major league pitching.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            “When is a minor league player better than a guy who hits 30 plays homers and 100 plus RBI”?

            Well, Werth has hit 30 homers once and he’s hit 100 RBI never. Werth is about to turn 31 and he’s had two good seasons as a full time player. Why would you want to pay him big money for more than a couple of years? It’s silly to expect Brown to be better right away, but in 2011-2013, Brown making between $400k-$500k will be a much better value than Werth making between $8-11m. Looking at Werth’s career year and saying “That’s the kind of player he will be going forward” is silly.

          • markjsunz 5 years ago

            Prehaps, or by letting your talent go and replacing it with minor league players it may be another 30 years until you make it to the post season again.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            You don’t win by overpaying your last good idea. You win by making the next one. Look at Omar Minaya: acquiring Oliver Perez for pennies on the dollar was a great move. Locking him up was a crippling one. The Phillies got the best years of a very good player after finding him on the scrap heap. That great move is done. Make the next one.

          • markjsunz 5 years ago

            I agree with you lets see what Werth does this year. Most players at 29 years old do not suddenly step it up and hit like worth did last year. My point is this. Everybody is hot for this kid Dominic Brown, I have seen time after time these guys come up and take time to develop, or not turn into the player everyone thought they would be, or just not have what it takes to play in the majors. It is also possible because of the ball park and having a slugger at first base has help pad worths stats. Look at the center fielder who left the phillies after hitting I think 24 home runs. He never came close to that with the giants. The bottom line is this. You rebuild with talented young players but it will take time to get back if you can to play in the world series, or you follow the yankees model and sign proven talent and try to continue to play at a championship level. The economy of baseball does not allow most teams this option. The Dodgers divorce from the public records of the court hearing show how much tax exempt profit these owners make. At the end of the day most owners treat there team as a business and pocket 100`s of million of tax free dollars, in many cases get the state to pay for the ballpark and other perks. This is there right as business owners.You will be seeing this same thing played out with any team with a player who is looking for a big payday.

          • markjsunz 5 years ago

            Prehaps, or by letting your talent go and replacing it with minor league players it may be another 30 years until you make it to the post season again.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            “When is a minor league player better than a guy who hits 30 plays homers and 100 plus RBI”?

            Well, Werth has hit 30 homers once and he’s hit 100 RBI never. Werth is about to turn 31 and he’s had two good seasons as a full time player. Why would you want to pay him big money for more than a couple of years? It’s silly to expect Brown to be better right away, but in 2011-2013, Brown making between $400k-$500k will be a much better value than Werth making between $8-11m. Looking at Werth’s career year and saying “That’s the kind of player he will be going forward” is silly.

          • Jason_F 5 years ago

            I’m pretty sure I never mentioned that Brown was better, nor did I suggest he was destined for superstardom. What I do think is that there is zero chance that the Phillies re-sign Werth.

        • markjsunz 5 years ago

          When is a minor league player better then a guy who hits 30 plus homers and 100 plus RBI. Before we make dominic Brown a superstar prehaps we should see if he can hit major league pitching.

      • aap212 5 years ago

        No, the Phillies are the only team in baseball that will have gotten the best years of his career. You know, like the thing I said. I don’t even know if the Phillies letting him leave will be because they think he’ll decline. I think it will primarily be about money and Domonic Brown.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Gotcha. Yeah I think that Domonic Brown will be better than Werth in the long run even if Werth puts up his regular numbers for the next 5 years. Brown will be ready by the time leaves but I still think that whichever team gets Werth will be happy with what they get out of him.

          Domonic Brown is exactly the player the Phillies need. The only thing is, he’s a left handed batter. So the heart of their lineup could have 4 left handers.

          But Werth is on the Phillies and he will have a good season.

          • Utley4God 5 years ago

            Don’t rule out Phillies trading Victorino, moving Werth to Center and play Dom Brown in Right. Then Ibanez leaves and Werth is in RF, Dom in LF, and Gillies in CF… boom everybody wins

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Boom everybody wins??? Really?

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Boom everybody wins??? Really?

          • aap212 5 years ago

            Ibanez, Werth, and Brown would be just a terrible defensive outfield. Granted, they have a small outfield to cover, but Ibanez is a statue who’s getting older, Werth is a good rightfielder who’s a little stretched in center, going into his thirties, and Brown doesn’t take very good routes in right.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            Ibanez, Werth, and Brown would be just a terrible defensive outfield. Granted, they have a small outfield to cover, but Ibanez is a statue who’s getting older, Werth is a good rightfielder who’s a little stretched in center, going into his thirties, and Brown doesn’t take very good routes in right.

          • ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

            werth in CF? Really?

          • Utley4God 5 years ago

            Don’t rule out Phillies trading Victorino, moving Werth to Center and play Dom Brown in Right. Then Ibanez leaves and Werth is in RF, Dom in LF, and Gillies in CF… boom everybody wins

  7. I could see the San Francisco Giants going real hard after him. They still are a power bat away from taking it to the next level.

  8. SS Jeter
    LF Crawford
    1B Texieria
    3B A-Rod
    RF Werth
    DH Posada
    2B Cano
    C Montero
    CF Granderson

    • Guest 5 years ago

      You are 8/9 right. Cano should be batting 5th and Montero might not yet be ready.

      Jeter SS
      Crawford LF
      Teixeira 1B
      A-Rod 3B
      Cano 2B
      Posada C/DH
      Swisher RF
      Cantu DH
      Granderson CF

      Sabathia
      Burnettt
      Lee
      Vazquez
      Hughes

      • Jorge Cantu? Cliff Lee? Javier Vasquez? Only a couple of problems I see with this. Why in the world would the Yankees want to sign Jorge Cantu? 1st/3rd base and put him as a DH in Posada’s last season. Why clog the DH spot when guys frequently need games off? Cliff Lee is already having issues starting this season and anybody remember how he started out last season for the Indians? Its only when he went to the NL that he bounced back to his CY Young form. The Yankees are not going to spend big to get him, no way. And Vasquez has already said that he might retire after the season. And before we get ahead of ourselves, lets just see how he does this time around in NY and remember he just came from the NL. So although your line-up and staff is creative no way it happens.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Actually during his final Indians days Cliff Lee sported an ERA in the low 3’s. I don’t think his injury now will determine the choice the Yankees eventually make.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Actually during his final Indians days Cliff Lee sported an ERA in the low 3’s. I don’t think his injury now will determine the choice the Yankees eventually make.

      • Jorge Cantu? Cliff Lee? Javier Vasquez? Only a couple of problems I see with this. Why in the world would the Yankees want to sign Jorge Cantu? 1st/3rd base and put him as a DH in Posada’s last season. Why clog the DH spot when guys frequently need games off? Cliff Lee is already having issues starting this season and anybody remember how he started out last season for the Indians? Its only when he went to the NL that he bounced back to his CY Young form. The Yankees are not going to spend big to get him, no way. And Vasquez has already said that he might retire after the season. And before we get ahead of ourselves, lets just see how he does this time around in NY and remember he just came from the NL. So although your line-up and staff is creative no way it happens.

      • Qabalist 5 years ago

        Why won’t Jete move back into the 2 spot? He could always be driving Crawford in.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Because the things that Crawford does in the number 2 hole are things that Jeter doesn’t do as good as Crawford. Jeter really excells in the leadoff spot and really didn’t do that well batting 2nd in 08. Then again, we are talking about Derek Jeter and Carl Crawford, two of Baseball’s premier players, so if you have them in thw lineup whether its leadoff or 2nd they will hit, steal bases, and get on base.

          • Qabalist 5 years ago

            Yea in 2008 Jeter bugged me to hell hitting into double plays, but he was also injured that year, but what exactly does Crawford do better than Jeter in the 2 hole? I do agree the two could hit in either spot.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Well Carl is faster than Jeter, can hit for the same amount of power, and really gets on base as well as Jeter can. But Carl really does a great job batting 2nd for the Rays and Jeter does a great job leading off for the Yankees but its kind of like “if it aint broke don’t fix it”. You know? No need to change things if you don’t need to buy when you ask what Carl Crawford does better than Jeter, he’s just a much better 2 hole hitter. Also a better bunter.

            Also, depending on who the 9 hole hitter is, there’s a good chance it could be a lefty and you definetly want to have a righty leading off if so. You know?

          • Qabalist 5 years ago

            Whoa this is just another downplay of Jeter’s ability. Crawford is faster, but Jeter averages over 205 hits a year which Crawford does not, his OBP is actually over 50 points higher, and his batting average is 22 points higher. I just think in more situations Jeter can drive Crawford in than vice-versa.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            we’ll have to see. I still think we will be happy to at least have the two.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            we’ll have to see. I still think we will be happy to at least have the two.

          • Qabalist 5 years ago

            Whoa this is just another downplay of Jeter’s ability. Crawford is faster, but Jeter averages over 205 hits a year which Crawford does not, his OBP is actually over 50 points higher, and his batting average is 22 points higher. I just think in more situations Jeter can drive Crawford in than vice-versa.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            On what planet does Carl Crawford get on base as well as Jeter? Crawford’s highest ever OBP for a season would be the third lowest for Jeter. We’re talking 50 points of career difference there.

          • aap212 5 years ago

            On what planet does Carl Crawford get on base as well as Jeter? Crawford’s highest ever OBP for a season would be the third lowest for Jeter. We’re talking 50 points of career difference there.

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            Since ’05 Jeter’s lowest OBP was .363, while Crawford’s HIGHEST OBP since ’05 is .364 so no Crawford cannot get on base as well as Jeter. I still like Carl and hope the Yankees can sign him if he hits FA, maybe a 4 yr. 60MM deal? I just hope they don’t offer him a 5th year, the money will be fine if the Yankees can get him for 4 years.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            More like 4yrs/70MM.

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            Meh…close enough

          • aap212 5 years ago

            You think Crawford can get four years, 70? Are you kidding me?

          • Guest 5 years ago

            He wants 5 for 90 you think he’s going to get that?

          • aap212 5 years ago

            I want Brooklyn Decker to walk around my living room naked. That doesn’t mean I’m going to get it. In this market, 5 years 90 is a ton, and it’s hard to imagine him getting it unless one of the Sabeans of the world desperately outbids himself.

          • Guest 5 years ago

            Well Carl is faster than Jeter, can hit for the same amount of power, and really gets on base as well as Jeter can. But Carl really does a great job batting 2nd for the Rays and Jeter does a great job leading off for the Yankees but its kind of like “if it aint broke don’t fix it”. You know? No need to change things if you don’t need to buy when you ask what Carl Crawford does better than Jeter, he’s just a much better 2 hole hitter. Also a better bunter.

            Also, depending on who the 9 hole hitter is, there’s a good chance it could be a lefty and you definetly want to have a righty leading off if so. You know?

          • Qabalist 5 years ago

            Yea in 2008 Jeter bugged me to hell hitting into double plays, but he was also injured that year, but what exactly does Crawford do better than Jeter in the 2 hole? I do agree the two could hit in either spot.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Because the things that Crawford does in the number 2 hole are things that Jeter doesn’t do as good as Crawford. Jeter really excells in the leadoff spot and really didn’t do that well batting 2nd in 08. Then again, we are talking about Derek Jeter and Carl Crawford, two of Baseball’s premier players, so if you have them in thw lineup whether its leadoff or 2nd they will hit, steal bases, and get on base.

      • Qabalist 5 years ago

        Why won’t Jete move back into the 2 spot? He could always be driving Crawford in.

    • yankeepride3 5 years ago

      Alright, now that we tied up all our funds in TWO outfielder, which we by far don’t need two, what do we do with the rotation? Since that payroll will be around $205 million in itself, looks like were going to war with a Sabathia-Burnett-Hughes-Joba-McAllister rotation. WONDERFUL!

  9. Rich_in_NJ 5 years ago

    I think the Yankees have enough long-term contracts, especially when you include Jeter’s upcoming agreement.

  10. mike292929 5 years ago

    Of course the Yankees are going to sign Crawford and Werth and further ruin baseball. I love how this is even a topic. What do you honestly expect?

    • Qabalist 5 years ago

      lol @ the Yanks ruining baseball. I suppose you don’t watch it nor are you a fan.

    • Qabalist 5 years ago

      lol @ the Yanks ruining baseball. I suppose you don’t watch it nor are you a fan.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      If the Yankees sign Werth, it will be a bad contract. Let them do it if you don’t like them.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      If the Yankees sign Werth, it will be a bad contract. Let them do it if you don’t like them.

  11. myname_989 5 years ago

    The Phillies are going to pay to resign Jayson Werth. I’m calling it now. (Not that that means anything, Lol.) I don’t think that the Phillies are going to let the best right handed hitter in their lineup walk, regardless of whether or not Domonic Brown is ready. The Phillies best option would be to resign Jayson Werth and let Brown play another full year in the minors next year.

    This way, they won’t have to resign Raul Ibanez (Werth > Ibanez) to another contract at age, what? 40? They have the left handed hitting Brown to replace him in the lineup, batting 6th, and Werth, the best right handed hitter in their lineup, batting 5th.

    I really don’t think money is an option for the Phillies. We saw that this year when they were allegedly at their payroll limit before adding Roy Halladay and signing him to a pretty extension. They will be able to afford Jayson Werth, especially if they make it to the World Series again this year, and you have to like their chances.

    • The Phillies have already said that they couldnt afford to resign Werth. Besides the Phillies dont need batting. They need pitching

      • myname_989 5 years ago

        I would take that with a grain of salt. Because when you think about the above scenario, they’d only be breaking the bank for a single season until Ibanez’s deal came off the books.

        But I agree with you. As it appears now, the Phillies don’t seem like they can afford to resign Werth. What I meant above though was that I wouldn’t be surprised to see them make an exception. They have the revenue. And this is going to sound like baseball blasphemy, but in Citizens Bank Park, I’d take a strong offense over strong pitching any day of the week. They have pitching. They need to keep that offense at the top of the league. That’s how they compete.

      • Qabalist 5 years ago

        How much pitching do they need? Let’s say Hamels returns to for and Happ can continue to improve, that’s a pretty good 1-2-3. I think they might need some bullpen help if anything. Blanton is not a bad starter either.

        • coachofall 5 years ago

          I think we have seen the best Happ has to offer in the Bigs. Wouldnt be shocked if Moyer has better numbers than him this year as J.A regresses to has talent mean.

        • coachofall 5 years ago

          I think we have seen the best Happ has to offer in the Bigs. Wouldnt be shocked if Moyer has better numbers than him this year as J.A regresses to has talent mean.

      • Qabalist 5 years ago

        How much pitching do they need? Let’s say Hamels returns to for and Happ can continue to improve, that’s a pretty good 1-2-3. I think they might need some bullpen help if anything. Blanton is not a bad starter either.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      If they traded Cliff Lee for pennies on the dollar to save money without a ton of rotation depth, why would they re-sign Werth for big money when there’s a clear replacement?

    • aap212 5 years ago

      If they traded Cliff Lee for pennies on the dollar to save money without a ton of rotation depth, why would they re-sign Werth for big money when there’s a clear replacement?

  12. Crawford and Werth would be dreamy. Just curious how it could all work. Crawford, Werth, and Granderson in the outfield? Swisher DH? Pettitte ($11.75 million) and Vasquez ($11.5 million) come off the books. N. Johnson ($5.5 million) could potentially be off the books. Still have to resign Jeter and Rivera, but I dont believe like alot of analysts that they will get huge contracts. They are 37 and 41 and as great as they are and have been wont get $20 million a year. So the Yankees have the opportunity to get both Crawford and Werth and stay around the $200 million mark, but hinging on it all is Hughes and Joba. The 2 promising youngsters have to step up this season and show they can take the void left by Pettitte and Vasquez. This way the Yankees dont have to go out and spend any $ on starting pitching and can use the $ for Werth and Crawford. Who are both defensive, speedy, productive, and patient hitters. Exactly what the Yankees have been going for the last couple of seasons. Lets just hope the youngsters step up to the plate and Jeter and Rivera dont expect massive deals.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Hughes is already in the rotation this year, so if Pettitte retires (probably will) and we let Vasquez walk, then we could replace one of them with Joba, but would still need to get a 5th starter, presumably an innings eater due to Joba and Hughes’ ages.

  13. redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

    link to newyork.yankees.mlb.com

    they talk about jeter contract situation i think its pretty good video

  14. djoconnor 5 years ago

    I’m a Yankees fan, first off. But this is kind of silly. The Yankees dont have a “leg up” because Reggie Jackson is friends with Werth’s uncle. They have a leg up because they have the most money. Whomever offers the most money and years to Werth gets him, case closed. Werth isn’t saying, “well, my uncle is good buddies with Reggie, so I think I’ll sign there!”.

  15. icedrake523 5 years ago

    The Yankees have a leg up because of the number they can write on his check. That’s all that matters.

  16. icedrake523 5 years ago

    The Yankees have a leg up because of the number they can write on his check. That’s all that matters.

  17. Anybody think winning might be a good motive to signing with a team? Ummm, just maybe? And getting paid handsomely wouldnt be a great incentive? Hmmm, winning and money…. Might be something to that, ya think?

  18. Anybody think winning might be a good motive to signing with a team? Ummm, just maybe? And getting paid handsomely wouldnt be a great incentive? Hmmm, winning and money…. Might be something to that, ya think?

  19. dickylarue 5 years ago

    Believe it or not, but I don’t think Werth profiles into what the Yankees are looking for these days. He’ll be 31 and that is too old for the Yankees to lock up long term. If he were 28/29 they’d do it in a heartbeat, but he’s already had his prime years in Philly and you’ll be paying top dollar for his decline. The Yankees have shied away from doing that kind of deal of late. I don’t see Werth as a fit unless the market for him is a 4 year contract. Anything longer than that, I don’t see the Yankees biting.

    • Qabalist 5 years ago

      Already had? So prime years is 31 and under?

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Generally. And players who hit their stride late tend to fall off early.

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Generally. And players who hit their stride late tend to fall off early.

    • Qabalist 5 years ago

      Already had? So prime years is 31 and under?

  20. dickylarue 5 years ago

    Believe it or not, but I don’t think Werth profiles into what the Yankees are looking for these days. He’ll be 31 and that is too old for the Yankees to lock up long term. If he were 28/29 they’d do it in a heartbeat, but he’s already had his prime years in Philly and you’ll be paying top dollar for his decline. The Yankees have shied away from doing that kind of deal of late. I don’t see Werth as a fit unless the market for him is a 4 year contract. Anything longer than that, I don’t see the Yankees biting.

  21. Will32 5 years ago

    Theyre going to go after Crawford not Werth. Just look at this lineup with Crawford.

    Crawford – LF
    Jeter – SS
    Teixera – 1B
    Rodriguez – 3B
    Granderson – CF
    Posada – C
    Cano – 2B
    Swisher – RF
    Johnson – DH

    Also, I wonder if the Yankees would go after someone like Dunn to play DH next season.

    • You think the Yankees are picking up options on Johnson ($5.5) and Swisher ($10.5)? Not sure about that, Johnson will have some kind of injury this season and the DH spot will be needed for Posada in his final year. And with all the hype around Jesus Montero, you’d have to believe he will be at catcher. And in your line-up the Yankees have Crawford so you would have to assume Swisher’s option would be declined. If Gardner has a great season you’d have to believe they’d have no place for Werth. But that is a BIG if.

  22. Will32 5 years ago

    Theyre going to go after Crawford not Werth. Just look at this lineup with Crawford.

    Crawford – LF
    Jeter – SS
    Teixera – 1B
    Rodriguez – 3B
    Granderson – CF
    Posada – C
    Cano – 2B
    Swisher – RF
    Johnson – DH

    Also, I wonder if the Yankees would go after someone like Dunn to play DH next season.

  23. LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

    Actually 31 years old is leaving his prime years and the Yankees want Crawford not Werth. The Yankees have been getting younger as of late even though there are still some older but very good players so why people think the Yankees are gonna resort again to handing out big contracts to older players because they’re desperate to win a title is beyond me and since they just won the World Series 5 months ago they aren’t desperate anymore. As much as George Steinbrenner has done for the Yankees and I appreciate it handing over the team to Hank and Hal and giving Cashman more power was a very good move in my mind and will show for years to come. As far as Crawford he can say what he wants but he knows the Yankees want to sign him and knows that they will pay for him.

    • The Yankees like both Werth and Crawford. And 31 is leaving his prime years? I dont agree with that. Werth is not playing running back in the NFL. To say 31 is old in baseball is rediculous. Especially for a guy coming off his best season to date. Werth is getting nothing but better and if I had to guess will have another all-around season. They dont need to give Werth an 8 year contract. Obviously he’s not Mark Teixeira. Both Werth and Crawford are defensive players and that very much appeals to the Yankees since Cashman has actual control and not George. You are right, the Yankees arent desperate anymore, they have gotten smarter with the farm and the team.

    • The Yankees like both Werth and Crawford. And 31 is leaving his prime years? I dont agree with that. Werth is not playing running back in the NFL. To say 31 is old in baseball is rediculous. Especially for a guy coming off his best season to date. Werth is getting nothing but better and if I had to guess will have another all-around season. They dont need to give Werth an 8 year contract. Obviously he’s not Mark Teixeira. Both Werth and Crawford are defensive players and that very much appeals to the Yankees since Cashman has actual control and not George. You are right, the Yankees arent desperate anymore, they have gotten smarter with the farm and the team.

  24. LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

    Actually 31 years old is leaving his prime years and the Yankees want Crawford not Werth. The Yankees have been getting younger as of late even though there are still some older but very good players so why people think the Yankees are gonna resort again to handing out big contracts to older players because they’re desperate to win a title is beyond me and since they just won the World Series 5 months ago they aren’t desperate anymore. As much as George Steinbrenner has done for the Yankees and I appreciate it handing over the team to Hank and Hal and giving Cashman more power was a very good move in my mind and will show for years to come. As far as Crawford he can say what he wants but he knows the Yankees want to sign him and knows that they will pay for him.

  25. bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

    Werth isn’t going to the Yankees for the simple fact that he’ll have to shave that damn beard

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Then we should all hope he goes to the Yankees. Casey Blake and Jason Varitek, too, for that matter. Think of the children.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Then we should all hope he goes to the Yankees. Casey Blake and Jason Varitek, too, for that matter. Think of the children.

    • Funny stuff. Ummm, Johnny Damon

  26. bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

    Werth isn’t going to the Yankees for the simple fact that he’ll have to shave that damn beard

  27. riverahammerofgod 5 years ago

    how about this

    ss jeter
    lf crawford
    1st tex
    3rd arod
    2nd cano
    catcher/dh posada
    rf werth
    cf curtis
    dh/catcher montero

    • Andrew Jones 5 years ago

      You haven’t told us which pitchers you would like your team to purchase.

      • LifeLongYankeeFan 5 years ago

        Oh just Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett and Brandon Webb lol jk. The two players I want my Yankees to go hard after next winter are Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford and I believe they will. Pettitte and or Vazquez might retire so they need somebody because relying on Joba and Hughes is too much of a risk at their age unless they have spectacular seasons.

        • Dont want Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb, or Josh Beckett(Well for a season or 2). But Id take King Felix, Adam Wainwright, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Shaun Marcum(bounce-back), Dan Haren, Zack Greinke, and Yovanni Gallardo if your offering!

    • I like your style. Like your style indeed

  28. No offense, but Werth isn’t worth all this fuss.

    I don’t care if Reggie Jackson is giving Jayson some tips with how to score with the ladies or simply recuiting Werth for Brian Cashman…. Werth isn’t even close to a superstar.

    • Jayson Werth just last year got 500+ at-bats for the 1st time in his career. He’s gotten better every year since he’s played. He batted .268, 36 Hr’s, 99 RBI’s, 98 Runs, stole 20 bases, an OPS of .829, and almost doubled his walks to 91. And you say, “Werth isn’t even close to a superstar.” WHAT??? It was his break-out season, as he was finally allowed to break-out!

  29. ” Werth, 31 in May, finally started to deliver on some of the promise that landed him on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List four times from 1999 to 2003. ”

    Translation: Not worth it now. Just not that special.

    • Last year proved his promise that landed him on baseball america’s top 100 prospects list. You say, “not worth it now.” Not worth what? And last year showed that he is a special. Playing like he did last year and putting up the numbers he did is a clear indication of that.

  30. This is the saddest example of the modern-era Yankee fan– just don’t grow up to be this– is the message to the younger generation of Yankee fandom!

    ” Dont want Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb, or Josh Beckett(Well for a season or 2). But Id take King Felix, Adam Wainwright, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay, Josh Johnson, Shaun Marcum(bounce-back), Dan Haren, Zack Greinke, and Yovanni Gallardo if your offering!”

    Even if the above poster said it in jest, I bow my head in shame when reading the Fantasy Baseball wing of NYY fans. Let’s focus on Brian Cashman actually developing a top-flight starting pitcher or outfielder during his tenure and not just what was mostly developed under Gene Michael. Building a free-agency team won’t always work.

    • This is the saddest example of someone in life taking themselves and everything around them, WAY TO SERIOUSLY! I was responding to a joke….With a joke. Do you really think anything I put in that post was meant to be serious? Obviously, you shouldnt build a baseball team on fantasy dreams and free agency. That is obvious because they just won last year after spending all that money. Curious to know what makes you assume that my (joking) post pegs me as a modern-era Yankee fan? You are wrong by the way. And preaching to the younger generation of Yankee fandom! Dont grow up to be this? What? A fun-natured person who responds jokingly to a joke. Maybe we should all be cynical like you, take life serious, and not have fun with anything in life. If you havent noticed MLB Trade Rumors is mostly about people’s “fantasy dreams.” Thats what makes this a great forum for people to vent about what THEY foresee, not for people like you to criticize and put-down. If I was to preach like you have I would preach for people not to end up drug addicts, criminals, and cynical. Enjoy life and have fun, which is why most people post on this site. So take your all knowing, serious, and cynical attitude elsewhere.

  31. Qabalist 5 years ago

    Especially not a Mets fan. On to the playoffs!

  32. Qabalist 5 years ago

    Especially not a Mets fan. On to the playoffs!

  33. Andrew Jones 5 years ago

    Yankees fans are like a parody of themselves with these fantasy lineups.

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