Yankees Seek Left-Handed Reliever

Yankees GM Brian Cashman addressed the media this afternoon to talk about the brand new deal for manager Joe Girardi and the club's plans for the offseason.  While he didn't tip his hand too much, he did indicate that the club will be on the look out for a left-handed reliever this winter, writes Chad Jennings of The Journal News.

“If I can find a left-handed reliever who can join Boone Logan, I think that will make our choices out of the pen better for our manager,” the GM said. “It’s easy to talk about it. It’s harder to find it. Those are the obvious things that stand out for me: Continue to improve your starting rotation, find a left-handed reliever and then get after it.”

The Yankees already know that they'll be short-staffed in the bullpen to start the year as Damaso Marte will miss significant time after undergoing shoulder surgery.  Recently, our own Ben Nicholson-Smith identified five lefties on the open market this winter that can be had on the cheap.  If the Yankees are willing to spend more, however, they could pursue the likes of Pedro Feliciano and Scott Downs.

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  1. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    in other words, yankees sign brian fuentes for 2yr/10million deal. seems fair(on the yankee standard).

    • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

      I would prefer Downs

      • grownice 5 years ago

        as a toronto fan , yud be pleased with downs hes very reliable outta the pen.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      Fuentes is good against lefties but he’s a finesse pitcher w/ a 89 mph and I think the Yanks would prefer a power arm. 2/$10 is too much for a lefty specialist IMO.

  2. vtadave 5 years ago

    It must be so easy to analyze how the Yankees will approach the Hot Stove League.

    1. Identify holes on the roster.
    2. Realize that there are very few holes.
    3. Identify best free agents at the positions identified in #1.
    4. Offer said free agents the most money of any team.
    5. Problems solved.

    • vinnieg 5 years ago

      yeah it never gets old right?

      I would love Downs hes proven he can pitch in the AL EAST. How much do you think he will want??

    • Guest 5 years ago

      few holes?

      if they lose Wood…
      their bullpen is awful…
      plus they need a lefty
      plus their starting rotation is the worst in the league almost…
      DH is a problem with all their old players, mostly Posada, and Montero possibly coming up… what are they going to do?
      Kearns and Thames might leave…
      need OF Depth…

      • The bullpen isn’t awful. A 3.47 ERA overall is above-average. It wasn’t only Wood that helped the bullpen. Other than the person who closes game for the Yanks, it was D-Rob, Boone Logan, and Joba who did a great job coming out of the bullpen.

      • vtadave 5 years ago

        Worst in the league? A bit of a stretch there…try being a Royals fan. Add a Cliff Lee to Sabathia, Hughes, and Burnett and you have well, quite a good rotation.

        Bullpen is far from awful.

        Yeah having Montero knocking on the door is a problem how?

        Oh no, Kearns and Thames might leave? Last place time? :-) Those are easy spots to fill. I think the Yankees will be just fine.

    • NYPOTENCE 5 years ago

      That is an incredibly effective method. Don’t you think?????????

  3. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    “If the Yankees are willing to spend more”



    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and everyone else the Yankees have demonstrated they are NOT willing to spend on, would like a word with you.

  4. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    The first name that came to mind was Chad Qualls…Problem here, he’s not left handed. I say maybe someone through a trade or a minor league deal…Maybe someone like Sean Burnett.

  5. Scott Downs, best of them all.

    Elite Left Hande pitcher, who can pitch conistently well in AL-East.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      but is he worth a top 30 draft pick and a compensation pick to a team within the divison? i think not… feliciano seems more logical.

      • EvilEmpireMember 5 years ago

        The Blue Jays would not get the Yankees first round pick, that will go to the Rangers after they sign Cliff Lee.

        • Sniderlover 5 years ago

          Or Crawford.

        • JohnPaulP 5 years ago

          It would be a lot like in 2008 when the Yankees got Burnett, who was like the 3rd or 4th highest ranked player based on Elias ratings, and the Blue Jays got a 3rd round pick. The Yankees likely will sign Lee, and legitimately could sign either Werth or Crawford. If they could get Downs and give up a third rounder, they’ll do it if there is money left over (even the Yankees get hesitant when they are around 205-215m. They need to leave money for the trade deadline as well.)

          • baseballz 5 years ago

            You are bang on here. Yanks are totally going to sign multiple type A’s, which is fine with me, as that supplemental rounder will still be plenty valuable in the draft next year. But Cliff, Crawford and Downs and the Yankees are done for the offseason.

  6. Anybody think they could swing another deal with the Braves? The Braves boast three talented lefty arms in Venters, Eric O’Flaherty, and Mike Dunn. Venters would probably be untouchable and they already had Mike Dunn. Does an Eric O’Flaherty for Nick Swisher deal make sense? Just a thought, not putting anything in stone here lol

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Too much for Eric. By far..

      How about brackman?

      • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

        Nope. Brackman wasn’t stellar last year but was finally putting things together and has the ceiling as a front/middle starter. Wouldn’t trade him for a lefty specialist.

        • bbxxj 5 years ago

          O’Flaherty is a bit more than a lefty specialist as he is pretty good against righties too. He can go a full inning and still be effective.

          However your point is still valid. A very good left handed middle reliever who can set up is still not worth Swisher. A younger closer type lefthander like Venters with legit nasty stuff is more on the level of Swisher but even then I don’t think either team does that deal.

          In the end the Yanks will likely just get a FA where it costs them just money and not additional player value.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Now that is what we call a trade.

      • raullll 5 years ago

        Why would the Yankees invest so much time in Brackman, finally showing his upside and then trade him for a bullpen arm?

        Swisher and Brackman are more valuable to the Yankees than Flathery because Downs is available, a proven AL east reliver.

        • Ferrariman 5 years ago

          Why? Because brackman is: a) atleast 1.5years away b) still a huge gamble and honestly, not all that great c) still a prospect with high bust chance d) this is a team that traded zach mccallister for austin freaking kearns.

          Is that enough for you?

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            And what’s your opinion of McAllister? He’s a ground ball pitcher who stopped getting ground balls, who doesn’t K anyone, and doesn’t have great command either. That equals 5th starter at best in the AL East. If you say Brackman has a 10:1 shot of being a MLB pitcher, McAllister has a 100:1 shot.

          • Ferrariman 5 years ago

            That wasn’t the point and you sir know it. Mccallister is a year removed from being one if the Yankees top pitching prospects. The point is who he was traded for- Austin Kearns(!!!)

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            That say more about where the farm system was than McAllister’s status as a prospect. They traded a failing mediocre prospect for a piece to protect their two LH OFs down the stretch.

          • raullll 5 years ago

            Top pitching prospects really?
            Look man i follow the yankees prospects really closely.
            Brackman is a big guy who could get it into the high 90’s, most of the time he was injured and didn’t pitch well, now he is finally putting it together and your going to trade him for a bullpen arm because the yankees traded zackmac for kearns? Let’s trade Montero for Juan Uribe also, because from what your implying is because the yankees traded a guy who was considered good for someone like Kearns they must also do that for all their prospects.

            Point is what you saying is absurd, Brackman has talent to be real good, will he make it? no one knows.

          • eneff 5 years ago

            Definitely agree… Brackman was considered the best talent in the 2007 draft but fell to the Yankees because he needed TJ. After he came off TJ he actually has done decent for us. Also, Ferrariman, Brackman is not at least 1.5 years away. He was a september call up this year but didn’t get credit for it because he warmed up a couple times but never got into a game. So I’m looking for Brackman to break into the active roster a couple times for the Yanks in 2011.

          • raullll 5 years ago

            So Dellin Betances is ore than 1.5 years away, should we trade him also?
            Aren’t most prospects a huge gamble ?

          • All prospects are a huge gamble. That’s why they are refferred to as “prospects” with “potential”.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      With all due respect. Pick up stone and drop it on your foot. That’s all.

      Swisher was arguably the Yanks second best hitter behind Cano in terms of production and consistency. They would need to get a whole lot more in return. With Jeter possibly in continued to decline, Arod coming off an “off” year and Posada being so fragile and iffy they need to rely on the younger guys like Swisher, Cano, etc to help carry the team.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      No that trade doesn’t make sense, at all.

    • Hell no. That is a horrible trade. I really wonder why people all of the sudden are yelling “Trade Swisher!” wtf? He is pretty much our heart and soul, and when our vets were struggling in the beginning of the season, it was Swish along with Cano that got us through that.

  7. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    I like Arthur Rhodes, Darren Oliver (option) and Downs even though he’s going to be stupid expensive and require a 1st rnd.

    Rhodes is a great option because he’s a vet who knows how to pitch. Pitches well vs lefties (2.66/0.80 in 23 IP w/ 26 ko and 1 bb) and righties (2.01/1.18 in 31 IP w/ 24 ko and 17 bb). He’s not overpowering but throws in the 91-93 mph range and pitched well in a hitter friendly park (only 3 hrs in 28 IP @ Great American). Only draw back is that he projects as a Type A free agent. He just came off a 2/$4 mil deal so I don’t think he’ll demand a whole lot salary wise.

    • Sniderlover 5 years ago

      3yr/12 mil for Downs would not be considered expensive. It would for most teams but as you know, these are the Yankees.

      • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

        I’m not sure if Downs will come that cheap. A lot of teams are going to be interested in Downs. Also, I was thinking in terms of dollars and pick comp, even though the comp isn’t as much of an issue if they sign another type A.

        • Sniderlover 5 years ago

          It was funny reading comments at the trade deadline that there was no way Downs was going to be a FA and that teams wouldn’t be willing to sign a Type A non-closer reliever.

          Starting pitching is important but in playoff games, you need great relievers you can depend on and Downs is exactly that type of guy.

          At most, I see Downs getting 3yr/14 million which would be great for him and gives him security.

          • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

            Funny, I remember more people saying they would rather wait until he was a free agent given the cost that the Jays were requesting. If anything most ppl figured he would go to a team signing more than 1 type A.

    • Vmmercan 5 years ago

      Rhodes was an AL East mess in his prime with a tenacity for not pitching well in a big spot. I’ll pass on the 41 year old version with a bad foot.

  8. Avoid Feliciano his arm is due to fall off after a couple years of JerryBall.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      I was thinking the same thing. He’s avg’d about 60 IP for the last 5 years. Also, he allows to many runners on base (66 hits and 30 walks in 62 IP).

      • raullll 5 years ago

        That’s really because he sucks against righties, he should be a lefty specialist.
        Righties hit .336 and has twice as many BB against him than lefties.

        If the yankees are looking for a specialist fuentes is just filthy against lefties, Downs is good against both.

        • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

          Yeah but Fuentes is a finnese guy and Giardi seems to really like power arms. I just keep flashing back to 2009 and how bad he was in the playoffs. Want no part of him. I’d rather have Rhodes or Downs.

          • Zack23 5 years ago

            It’s not like Downs is a “power arm”, he’s averaged 89.3 last year. So he’s not some flamethrower.

  9. raullll 5 years ago

    Brackman, Betances and Banuelos could be our future, the triple B’s.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      They can all be busts too.

      • raullll 5 years ago

        Yes but we don’t know that. I’m saying it makes little sense for the yankees to do this trade.

        • Ferrariman 5 years ago

          Their is an exponentially higher chance they flame out than their is them succeeding. The odds that brackman becomes a successful MLB producer? I’d say 10:1

          • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

            Dude every prospect is a risk. Look at the history of #1 draft picks overall. But to trade a top prospect who hasn’t arrived yet for a lefty specialist, and a mediocre one at that, is stupid.

      • raullll 5 years ago

        Dude, most prospects could end up being busts, that’s what makes them a “prospect”

    • $3977112 5 years ago

      They are already know as the Killer B’s. Chances are they’ll be some other team’s future.

  10. $3977112 5 years ago

    Cashman is cheap when it comes to middle relievers. Don’t expect the Yankees to sign Fuentes or Downs. Think more along the lines of Ohman, Mahay or Rhodes on a one year deal.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Rhodes was just as good as downs last season. I see him getting a 2yr/4.5mil deal somewhere

  11. EricJB 5 years ago

    Didn’t the Yankees just release Kerry Wood, a left-handed reliever?

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      sigh. too easy

    • Yes you are right but he is a left-handed reliever that throws right-handed so he doesn’t qualify.

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      haha. the ppl below have sort of answered that. He was traded to the Yanks w/ a $10 mil option for 2011. They want him back but not at that price. If he can be had for half tha then the Yanks will probably try and bring him back.

  12. cubfan4life 5 years ago

    I keep seeing the same names over and over again. Downs, Feliciano, and Fuentes.
    Yes Downs might be the best LH option but he will cost a draft pick as well as having to pay him at least close to closer money to set up.

    How about a couple guys that are pitching right now on one of the top 3 pitching staffs in baseball. Javier Lopez and Jeremy Affeldt?

    I dont really buy into the whole needing to have success in the AL or the AL East to be an option. For starters yes. For specialists out of the pen, no. Their job is to get the best one or two LH hitters out and regardless of league they are facing elite hitters.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      Affeldt has a club option for $4m I believe.

      • cubfan4life 5 years ago

        Affeldt does have a club option but its for 5M. I dont see SF paying that to keep him around. especially since the report just came out about Javier Lopez missing his playing time cutoff by 5 days for free agency.
        I see them keeping Lopez and then using one of their younger relievers next year Runzler comes to mind.

        Once they acquired Lopez Affeldt kinda became the forgotten man in SF and really didnt pitch much until the NLCS in game 5.

        Im not saying that he is dominant against lefties as they hit .290 against him this year. But if he can get back close to his 09 numbers .211 LH BAA and .187 RH BAA
        he could be a nice piece out of the pen who should come cheaper than the alternatives that keep getting mentioned (Fuentes, Downs) as Cashman does tend to underspend on the pen.

  13. How about Pat Venditte the switch pitching player? He recently played as high as AA. Not quite ready yet but maybe a September callup?

    • cubfan4life 5 years ago

      Kind of a giant leap to make. Yeah he reached AA this past year, for a whopping 2 innings and 11 batters. Sure his numbers are good but he is at least a year away. Hardly someone that could start 2011 in the pen for NY.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      Nope, he doesn’t have good stuff. Only reason people know him is because he throws with two arms.


  15. baseballdude 5 years ago

    why dont they call up their switch pitcher??

  16. Do we really need to overpay for a lefty specialist who’s only gonna dissapoint us again just like every other reliever we signed ever since Mike stanton left?

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      you’d love scott downs in pinstripes. . tough on lefties, but can get righties out. strands base runners, keepts the bbs down and the k’s up..

      If the yanks did sign him, it would instantly solidify your bullpen, having joba in the 7th and downs in the 8th, and moe in the 9th would be deadly.

      • You damn well know he’d dissapoint… which is the only reason i think youre offering him… kidding but really i think any signed reliever will be a dissapointment in NY, can’t blame me.

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          He’s pitched in the AL east for 6 years. I know its diff pitching in nyc half the season, but he knows the talent he knows the opponents and has never crumbled in any other situations. I doubt very much he’d disapoint

  17. Brian Fuentes would be the perfect fit. He is deadly against lefties, and he’ll be over paid.

  18. slider32 5 years ago

    You can bet the Yanks will address their pitching problems in the off season. Lee is the first priority. I don’t think Cashman will go cheap this year with the bullpen. Downs might be the top reliever on their list with Feliciano as a back up. Bullpens change drastically from year to year as do some rotations. Thats why the Giants are in the World Series. The Yanks will go with the best available options to win 95 plus games and hope the pitching stays heathy.

    • No…? Ok the bullpen next year:
      Boone Logan LHP
      David Robertson RHP
      Alfredo Aceves RHP

      Gaudin, Mitre, and Moseley should all be non-tendered, except for one who should be assigned to the minors, preferably Mitre since he pitched better than Gaudin and Moseley. Kerry Wood shouldn’t be brought back. David Phelps should be brought up mid-season to relieve so now that’s 5. I think Scott Downs will probably sign. That’s six. Joba and a couple of other guys will probably be fighing for a rotation spot so, it depends wether he wins or not.

  19. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    For some reason ppl think that because the Yanks spend a lot on starters and position players that they’ll simply overspend on reliever. Aside from mid season trade acquisitions, and Mo, the only big ticket relievers I can think of are Mart and Farnsworth. Lately the Yanks have tried to save money by going cheap on relievers and bench players.

    Avg starter: $12.6 mil
    Avg positionplayers: $13 mil
    Bullpen except for Mo: Joba @ $488,000, Robertson @ $427,000, Aceves @ $436,000, Mitre @ $850,000, Logan @ $590,000, Gaudin @ $700,000, Marte @ $4 mil. That’s an average of slightly more than $1 mil per starter. Marte’s salary drastically warps that avg. Take him out and the avg reliever for the Yanks made about $581,000.

    Figure that the Yanks will bring back…

    Joba- 73 gms, 4.40/1.30 , 71 IP, 77 ko, 22 bb (2nd half: 34 gm, 2.88/1.08, 34 IP, 37 ko, 8 bb)

    Robertson- 64 gms, 3.82/1.50 , 61 IP, 71 ko, 33 bb (2nd half: 33 gm, 2.27/1.23, 31 IP, 39 ko, 16 bb)

    Logan- 51 gms, 2.93/1.35 , 40 IP, 38 ko, 20 bb (2nd half: 34 gm, 2.08/1.02, 22 IP, 25 ko, 8 bb)

    Aceves- Missed most of 2010. In 2009 – 84 IP, 3.54/1.01, 69 ko and 16 bb.

    Gaudin- (w/ Yankees)- 30 gms, 4.50/1.38 , 48 IP, 33 ko, 20 bb.

    Mosely- 16 gms ( 9 starts), 4.96/1.42 , 65 IP, 33 ko, 27 bb. In his 9 starts he avg’d 6 IP and 3 er allowed.

    Key to 2011- Obviously a healthy Mo. A healthy and durable Aceves. Consistent performance from begining to end from Joba, Robertson and Logan. A good mop up/spot starter like Mosley to take some of the wear and tear off of Aceves stashed in AAA to bring up as needed.

    Needs-A veteran 8th inning guy to help Joba and another lefty specialist.

    Roster- 8 position players, Montero or a RH DH, Cervelli, back up IF, super utility IF, 4th OF and 5 starters will allow 7 bullpen arms…

    FA righty pick up to help w/ 8th inning duties.
    Joba (7th-8th inning guy)
    Robertson (6th inning guy)
    Aceves (multi inning reliever)
    Logan (lefty specialist)
    2nd Lefty specialist

  20. jpkinney7 5 years ago

    Andrew Bailey & Craig Breslow (A’s) for Jesus Montero

    • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

      So you think the Yanks would go from offering…

      Halladay for Montero.

      Lee for Montero and 2 other B prospects.

      to Bailey and Breslow (two good relievers) for Montero? I think noT. As good as those two are you dront trade a potential clean up bat for 2 relief pitchers.

    • That’s a horrible trade.

  21. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Here’s an out of the box thought. How about a STARTER who has failed as a starter but had great splits vs lefties?

    Dontrelle WIllis is a great example. He’s a free agent who’s made tons of money and migth jump at the shot to make it back to the majors.

    Career vs lefties: 734 PA vs lefties- .206/.282/.294 w/ 242 ko vs 71 walks and 10 hrs.

    2010 vs lefties: 85 PA- .216/.298/.284 w/ 30 ko and 8 walks and only 2 dbls and 1 hr.

    The best strikeout pitcher last year was Lincecum overall and Lester as a lefty.

    Lincecum struck out 29 % of all batters.

    Lester struck out 26% of all batters. Vs lefties Lester struck 26% out of all batters.

    As a point of reference Willis has struck out 17% of all batters faced in his career.

    In his career vs lefties Willis struck out 29% of all lefties and in 2010 he struck out 35% of all lefties.

    I mentioned it briefly before but here are his career splits in terms of hitting avg and obp.

    Career vs RH-4,161 PA-.280/.356/.430 w/ 1.52 SO/BB ratio and 327 xtra bshts allowed
    Career vs LH-827 PA- .206/.282/.294 w/ 3.41 SO/BB ratio and 38 xtra bshts allwed.

    He strikes out 2x as many lefties as he does righties and walks half as many as well. His ratio of xtra bsht allowed/per PA vs lefties is 1:22 as opposed to righties who crush him at 1:13.

    I think Dontrelle would be an excellent lefty specialist for the Yanks and if they have a chance to sign him to a minor lge deal they should jump on it. His control seems better, his KO rate is extremely high and lefties don’t square him up for extra base hits.

    • moonraker45 5 years ago

      if you want a starter who failed as a starter you can just go with downs lol

      • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

        Except the Yanks may not be able to get Downs and if they do he will probably cost 3/$15 mil and a 1st rnd pick.

        Not saying that Willis should be option A. In fact what I am saying is that REGARDLESS of who they sign they should still sign Willis, especially if he’s willing to take a minor league deal w/ call up incentives and accept a role out of the pen. Good pitching is good pitching. We might sign Downs and Logan might regress. You never know. IMP signing WIllis is simply a good move.

        • moonraker45 5 years ago

          you are assuming that the yankees dont sign another type A.

          c’mon, who we kidding. Scott Downs will not cost the yanks a 1st round pick.

  22. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Just using another comparison to focus my point about Willis.

    2010 vs lefties

    Downs: 89 PA- .152/.247/.241 w/ 1 dbl and 2 hrs allowed and a 2.86 KO/BB ratio.
    Willis: 85 PA- .216/.298/.284 w/ 2 dbls and 1 hr allowed and a 3.75 KO/BB ratio.

    We can probably get WIllis on a 1 year minor lge deal w/ incentives if he’s called up. Would be a FANTASTIC player to stash in AAA as an emergency plan A, regardless of who we sign to a mlb deal.

    • eneff 5 years ago

      I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad idea… but I don’t think the Yanks would go for something like that. I think Cashman really wants to build on the success of the 2010 bullpen and he can easily do it by re-signing Wood and signing Downs. As I said before, I don’t really think that it’s a bad idea to sign someone like Willis to a minor league contract as he might be able to break into the bullpen and make some spot starts for us, but I think Cashman will go for a more proven middle reliever like Downs.

    • eneff 5 years ago

      I read your earlier post and replied to this one without reading it… I’m dumb haha… Yeah I think that’s something that could definitely work. Willis’ only problem is he has head issues.

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      Last time I saw Willis pitch was early this past season vs the Yankees @ Arizona. Willis looked absolutely awful, walking everyone in sight and not coming close to the plate with any of his pitches. He was so bad, that it looked as he if coundn’t find home plate if you gave him a with a flashlight and a map. I know that he was released soon afterwards and was signed towards season’s end by some team. Do you know what happened with him since then? your post seems to imply that he’s shown some ability since that outing. From what I saw that night, If I were Cashman, he’d have to pay me to play for my team.

      • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

        You are absolutely right. In that game he couldn’t find the plate…..except against left handers. I’m assuming that Swisher and Tex both batted righty since Willis is a lefty. In that game he went 2 IP w/ 2 er and 7 walks vs 2 ko’s. Awful.

        vs Cano (0 for 2 w/ a ko and dp)
        vs Granderson (0 for 1 w/ a flyout to CF)
        vs Cervelli (0 for 1 w/ ground out)
        vs Gardner (0 for 1 w/ a strike out)

        He had an awful year but dominated lefties and that’s all I would bring him in for. I think his stuff plus his funky, long, gangly delivery might give him an advantage vs lefties.

        2010- 5.65 ERA, 65 IP, 72 hits, 56 walks, 47 k’s

        2010 vs lefties
        -85 PA vs lefties w/ 30 k’s = 35% strike out rate.
        -Of the 16 hits only 3 were xtra base hits (2 dbls and 1 hr)

        I mean you have to be impressed at how he gets lefties out. That 35% ko rate has got to be among the best vs lefties and is in line w/ his career rate vs lefties of 29%. In comparison Carlos Marmol’s k rate was 42% this year. I think Marmol’s K/9 were a mlb record of 16/9 IP. Vs lefties Willis’ was 13/9 IP in 2010. I can’t find career K/9 vs lefties though. But all of his negatives seem to be opposites vs lefties.

        • Slopeboy 5 years ago

          What you say sounds good, but I think it’s too small a sample. Still your idea about bringing in to Spring Training as an invitee has some merit.

          • YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

            I don’t want to repost the same info but he’s dominated lefties his whole career. Either way it’s not a solution to the ultimate objective but it’s a good move if they can get him cheap on a minor lge deal

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            As I said, your idea has merit. Bring him into camp and let’s see what he has NOW. You’re using his career stats to make a point, but realistically, he’s a totally different pitcher than he was as recently as two years ago. I wouldn’t get my hopes too high.
            Florida, Detroit, and Arizona gave up on him, all needing pitching help. And it looks as if no one claimed him. That’s sets off whistles and bells to me.

  23. diehardcubsfan4ever 5 years ago

    If the Yankees go after Carl Crawford, then they could afford to trade Brett Gardner to the Cubs, in exchange for left-handed reliever, Sean Marshall. The cubs need a lead off hitter and the Yankees need a solid lefty to anchor the bullpen. A win-win scenario.

  24. diehardcubsfan4ever 5 years ago

    If the Yankees go after Carl Crawford, then they could afford to trade Brett Gardner to the Cubs for left-handed reliever, Sean Marshall, who could anchor the bullpen. The Cubs need a legitimate lead-off hitter and the Yankees need a solid lefty, it’s a win-win scenario.

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      I don’t see NY going after Crawford. While he is a better player than Gardner, the up side is not that significant. Crawford has more power, but Gardner has all the other assets as does Crawford. His defense is as good, speed about equal, arm strength about the same. Gardner is younger and will cost much less for the next few years. NY will concentrate on pitching and possibly a power right handed bat to offset the lefty pitching constantly being thrown at them. The lefty pitcher will come via some other move other than trading Gardner.

  25. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I really like the J.C. Romero idea.

  26. EvilEmpireMember 5 years ago

    Just a thought? I have lots of thoughts also after a night of drinking, so you are forgiven.

  27. jwsox 5 years ago

    now if the yankees sign werth or crawford then swish is expendable unless they move him to dh..(smart idea he can give any out fielder a day off and give tex a day off)

  28. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    and someone coming off a year that J.C. had, theres always room for improvement plus, whats wrong with giving him a minor league deal?

  29. YanksFanSince78 5 years ago

    Romero has walked more guys than he’s struck out over the last 2 years. He is the definition of a lucky pitcher and that luck won’t last forever. Let’s stay away.

  30. I’d rather have Swish man… Stop it with the Werth talks. He’s just going to take up more money for no damn reason… When we already have Swish who’s gotten better every year… jesus. Also put into your calculations that he is the heart and soul of the yankee clubhouse. If he is ever traded yankee fans(including me)would be in an uproar. No thanks no werth here

  31. eneff 5 years ago

    Thank you Henry… Everyone needs to quit talking about Werth… Screw that guy! Swish is our man!!! Not only does he put up good numbers, but he is unanimously loved by the clubhouse and the fan base.

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