Yankees Notes: Swisher, DePaula, Cashman

It was on this day in 1954 that the Yankees and Orioles finalized a huge 17-player deal that took five days to fully process.  The most notable new Yankees were future Cy Young winner "Bullet" Bob Turley and Don Larsen, who achieved baseball immortality two years later when he threw the only perfect game in World Series history. 

Some news from the modern-day Yankees…

  • There are teams interested in dealing for Nick Swisher, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.  The Yankees "will listen on anyone" but they say they aren't shopping Swisher despite "a perception in some corners of the marketplace" that the outfielder is on the market. 
  • A year after signing with the Yankees for a $500K bonus, Dominican right-hander Jose Rafael DePaula still hasn't made the contract official because he's been unable to obtain a visa, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.  DePaula has been working out at the Yankee's Dominican academy in the interim.
  • "Our club is pretty much set except for trying to shore up the back end of the rotation," Brian Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News.  Cashman said he engaged in a few minor discussions at the GM meetings but they "went nowhere. I floated some weather balloons that popped, mostly trade stuff."
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  1. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    I would bet my soul that the Braves were one of those teams calling about Nick Swisher

  2. If the Pads could give the Yankees some pitching, I could see them possibly as a good match. However, it’s really hard to say what direction the Padres will go this early, under a new regime, in a possible transition year.

  3. cashman says the yankees are set except for the backend of the rotation. doesnt he mean 3 through 5? 1 and 2 are set with sabathia and nova, i guess they have to keep burnett in there but he could be the 5th pitcher so still need 3 and 4. and he isnt willing to go after buehrle wilson or even edwin jackson cause they want to much. hes done it in the past so what changed? Hal steinbrenner said they need SP bad, so he has no issue in spending to get it. Swisher can go back to oakland with romine and either betances or benuellos for Cahill. then sign cespedes to play RF.

    • cyberboo 4 years ago

      Perhaps you are overlooking one important fact that has manifested itself in the past two years.  Cashman has been concentrating on the ocean floor for players to fill his roster, since Lee bolted to the Phillies, a 5M a year Jeter demanded 16M, they had to throw 16M at a 42 year old Rivera, Steinbrenner ordered them to sign Soriano for 10M, 11 in 12 and 14M in 13.  That all adds up quickly and perhaps the pockets aren’t as deep as the fans believe they are.  Example: the Garcia, Colon, Chavez, Jones signings, instead of their notorious grab all the superstars and give them 25M a year shananigans.  Wilson wants 20M a year, Buehrle wants at least 12M a year, and Jackson wants 10M a year. Cashman says they are overpriced.   Sabathia demanded a raise for contributing nothing more than he already does and locked them up for even more years.  New York may be max’d out, but the fans would still demand even more, because they are spoiled brats.  If you look at their signings, that screams max’d out, not deep pockets. 

      • chris hines 4 years ago

        The Yankees aren’t “maxed out”, nothing on the market is worth the asking price. If Cliff Lee was willing to go to New York they would have signed him, and if they had a re-do this year they’d still sign him. No one is at that level though, and they don’t like the other options well enough to squeeze the fruit.

        • angryredmenace 4 years ago

          Exactly.Saying The Yankees are “maxed out” is like saying Lindsay Lohan is disease free;it’s just not possible.There just isn’t a pitcher on the market worth throwing big money at.If The Yankees can’t get a front end starter via trade this offseason, they will just way until the trade deadline when better pitching should be available.

          • last year lee was the only big name on the market in the starting pitcher department. they were not willing to give up prospects for average pitchers and no one not even the A’s were willing to deal their good pitchers. This year is  different as teams know contenders are scrambling for SP’s and like the A’s are willing to part ways with guys like gonzalez and Cahill, and they can cause they have so much depth in pitching it really wouldnt hurt to an extent. so sending benuellos or betances, romine and swisher to oakland for cahill is not really that bad. its 2 major league ready prospects and a major league outfielder that their looking for. or they could get even more aggressive and send adams and nunez along with the other three and try to pry bailey from them too. although thats not likely to even happen

          • chris hines 4 years ago

            I really don’t think the Yankees are interested in Cahill at all. I think they would love to trade for Gonzalez but not an “ace return” as the A’s are supposedly asking. Cahill though probably isn’t even on their radar.

            At this point I don’t even think you can say Cahill is better than Nova.

            2009- 4.53 K/9, 4.63 ERA, 5.33 FIP, .272 BABIP, 47.8 GB%
            2010- 5.40 K/9, 2.97 ERA, 4.19 FIP, .236 BABIP, 56.0 GB%
            2011- 6.37 K/9, 4.16 ERA, 4.10 FIP, .302 BABIP, 55.9 GB%

            Career at home- 3.24 ERA in 319.1 IP, .248 BAA, 33 HRs allowed
            Career on the road- 4.71 ERA in 263.2 IP, .260 BAA, 32 HRs allowed

            seems to have just gotten really lucky in 2010 on BABIP and that made
            his ERA look better than he pitched. All the other numbers have been
            pretty consistent and show him to be more of a 4.00-4.20 ERA pitcher in a
            great pitchers park, in the weak AL West.

            I would hate to think
            what his numbers would be without half his game in Oakland. He certainly
            isn’t worth an ace level return in a trade.

      • slider32 4 years ago

        Hello, the Yanks cleared over 400 million last year. The Yanks are looking for the right pitcher, it’s not about price. This is just a mediocore year for pitching. It looks like teams are trying to keep their good pitching at this point.

    • chris hines 4 years ago

      I actually think the back of the rotation is fine if, they need to add a number 2 starter. I’m not confident in elevating Nova to a number 2 starter, but as a number 3 he makes the whole rotation deeper.

      *insert name*

      With Hughes and Noesi in the pen if another starter is needed. I just think Cashman is posturing really, what’s else is he going to say? “We need starting pitching in a bad way, please take us for everything we have”.

      • slider32 4 years ago

        I agree, the Yanks need a #2. Last year Hughes and Nova were on the Verducci list, so I think both could be better this year. Noesi is being streched out in the winter league so he could start or be a good long man next year. The Yanks pitching is better than most people think, 3rd in the AL last year. If Freddie comes back they could get by until the B’s are ready.

        • chris hines 4 years ago

          I really hope that Banuelos and Betances don’t make any starts this year. If we hold onto them they both need to spend all year in Scranton, with a call up no sooner than September. They both are really raw, and neither one is ready for major league lineups yet. Banuelos hasn’t been impressive at all in AA or AAA, so I think it would be a mistake to promote him to the majors. Betances is further along than Banuelos if for no other reason but age, but still his ability to control pitches and workout his mechanics need more time.

  4. Bob9988 4 years ago

    Yanks can have Vargas and we’ll take Swisher off your hands.

  5. cyberboo 4 years ago

    I didn’t think there was a team that was that desperate that they would consider Swisher at 10M a season.  I guess if the Yankees pay 10M of his salary, some team will throw a low prospect their way for him. 

    • Yankees420 4 years ago


    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      “Swisher at 10M a season”

      LOL Swish is a superior defensive version of the FA Willingham and u just watch.. As sure as the sky is blue, Hammer will get 2+ years at 10m+

  6. Dylan 4 years ago

    What? Swisher hit .260, had 23 HRs, and an OBP .374. He is worth the 10 million. Many teams would love to have Nick.

    You could have him for one year @ 10 million or overpay for guys like Cuddyer, Kubel, and Willingham in years…the choice is easy. If the Yankees intend on eating any money, there is no reason they can’t get back a decent player/prospect for him. He will hit around 25 HRs, no to mention he is a switch hitter.

    By the way, I’m not a Yankees fan saying this.

    • nick is patient at the plate which is why  he is so productive at the plate. even a walk is as good as a hit except it dont go torward his batting average lol

  7. Dylan 4 years ago

    The fans vote for the All-Stars not Cashman.

    We get it, Jeter isn’t a great fielding shortstop (he never really was). But he is a great leader, a great hitter, and a future Hall of Famer. Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you have to pay the man for what he has done, not what he is going to do and that’s what Cashman did. I don’t fault him for that.

  8. nyyanx23 4 years ago

    Yankees will make a big trade you wait and see. When Cash says stuff like “were set” “nothing is happening” etc. Usually the opposite is true. He is genius at the poker face.  

    • chris hines 4 years ago

      Like when he said “Bubba Crosby is going to be our starting centerfielder”? Yeah, Bubba was so hopeful for that opportunity that never came haha.

  9. Yankees420 4 years ago

    I regret reading this comments section……

  10. nestleraisinets 4 years ago

    Not another one of those “leverage” by Cashman…

    • The Yanks should offer the Dodgers, Cano – Montero – Hughes – Soriano – Swisher & pick 2 from the group of Phelps/Warren/Dellin/Noesi…..and 1  prospect to be name later from the group of Culver/Gumbs/Williams/Bichette jr/…FOR Kershaw No way they turn that down…If they do…Give the Same offer 2 the Giants 4 Lincecum 

      Then Sign Yu… 

      2012 rotation
      Kershaw or Lincecum

      Problem Solved……..This could work get it done Cashman!!!!!

      • your smoking crack. Cano AND Montero? no way they would ever send those two. Cano is prob the best second baseman in the league, Montero has the potential to put up pujols numbers. Soriano was pretty decent after coming off the DL. and the other prospects you named theres no way they empty their farm on guys who could possibly walk away after team control is over in a year or two.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        That’s absurd dude. First, lets not even discuss the extreme, ridiculous overpay. How about the fact that after that trade you have to replace your starting 2b and best hitter?

        I would also go as far as to say that Cano is almost of equal value to either pitcher. IF they felt inclined (both sides) I think Cano and a prospect not named Montero, Banuelos or Bets is probably enough.

        But either way, that deal doesn’t make sense for either side and is pure fantasy league speculation.

      • I’m only game if the Dodgers include a shovel so the Yanks can dig up Babe Ruth to add to this fantasy

      • MattD93 4 years ago

        Uh, let’s not and say we did. 

  11. slider32 4 years ago

    Montero is an upgrade at DH already from last year, plus I think A-Rod and Tex have better years than last year. Cash will add Garcia and another pitcher.

  12. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Well no offense meant but the Yankees haven’t exactly had great luck in trading with the Braves. That Vasquez trade really screwed the Yankees over and I felt horrible for the fans. Anyway, how about Jurrjens?

  13. ultimate913 4 years ago

    I’d pass. His peripherals are awful.

  14. craigkimbrelfan 4 years ago

    If minor pieces and financial details worked out, I could definitely see a move involving JJ and Swisher…maybe even Prado in the mix.

  15. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    do you mean injury history or the advanced metrics garbage that I hate?

  16. ultimate913 4 years ago

    Let’s go with both.

  17. Yankees420 4 years ago

    Is a low K/9 rate and a bad GB/FB rate “advanced metrics”?

  18. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    the injury history is a bit of an issue but hopefully we can get a healthy year out of him and he’ll get back on track

  19. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    do the Yankees need Prado though?

  20. ultimate913 4 years ago

    Speakie Ingrish?

  21. I really hate when people use put downs for names “bankees, JorGay” etc. I mean grow up. Yes I’m a Yankee fan but I don’t go around calling Boston the Red Sux or the Mets, the Muts. Grow up, be civil how hard is that? 

  22. Yankees420 4 years ago

     He’d be good insurance for when Rodriguez hits the DL. 

  23. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    When healthy, the guy wins games. He was leading or close to leading the NL is alot of categories and at one point, he lead or was tied for the lead in WHIP and wins.

  24. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    don’t you guys have Nunez for that?

  25. chris hines 4 years ago

    This year alone he had a 5.33 K/9 ratio and a 42% GB percentage. That won’t translate well to Yankee Stadium. Last year he did slightly better with the K/9 (6.65), but his GB% was even worse at 39.9%. Those just aren’t very good numbers when evaluating a NL to AL East move.

  26. chris hines 4 years ago

    I’m not trying to trade Swisher and get back Prado, but Nunez isn’t overly impressive. 21 errors this year (14 at SS and 7 at 3B) and a poor triple slash line and wOBA .265/.313/.385 wOBA of .313. He’s got good speed, but not someone you want starting over any extended period of time.

  27. chris hines 4 years ago

    He doesn’t even realize that Montero is the starting DH, he obviously is just trolling.

  28. johnsilver 4 years ago

    I think it depends on which gutter those “fans” crawled out of when they use those guttural terms there bro.

    Thank Goodness the site is now removing some of these maroons now when they do that.

  29. ludafish 4 years ago

    It is lame. While i do think the Yankees have messed things up with some of the contracts they give out – if my team had the money and you could use it, then hell yeah spend and get some top talent. its all a jealousy issue.

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