Indians third baseman Jhonny Peralta is in the mix along with Florida's Wes Helms as potential bench options for the Yankees, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal says the prices on Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton are too high.
Peralta has a substantial commitment for a bench player, with $2.23MM remaining on his contract. He's hitting .252/.314/.401 on the season.
The Yankees were first linked to Helms four days ago by MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweets today that he's not their first choice. Other available bench options capable of playing third base include Willie Bloomquist, Adam Kennedy, and Craig Counsell.
They should trade for Andy LaRoche. But then again, since they’re the only team the Pirates have ever fleeced, maybe Cashman fears Neil Huntington’s powers. FEAR!
Marte won them a ring. I don’t care what he’s done aside from that.
That’s a foolish statement to make. The other 24 guys helped too !
obviously. but he was the only one who could get utley out.
To be honest, without Marte, Chase Utley lights the Yankees up and we probably lose that series.
This makes some sense. The Indians need to move on and Peralta’s frustrated his way down to being a reserve on a good team.
Do the Yankees really need anymore bats? They should go for some bullpen help.
When Ramiro Pena is your back infielder you need a bat.
Their DH is Juan Miranda. Yes…they do.
In a word: Yes.
In a statement: Hell yes we do.
The bullpen can be helped from within. Promote Melancon and use him vs. Righties. You could bring Nova up who has been pitching very well at Triple A (unless they use him for a start or two in the future if they decide to shut Hughes down early).
They can have Peralta for a low level prospect. If they will take Hafner as well then a lower level prospect will be acceptable.
I think Peralta still has something left in him, hell its not like he is that old. Maybe a change of scenery will help him achieve that potential he kept missing in Cleveland
If only Hafner weren’t under contract until 2012. =/
Peralta is a moody guy who plays better when he is on a good team contending for something, remember a couple years ago when Hafner was injured and Victor Martinez missed sometime and the team was still contending they put Peralta in the #4 slot and he did a great job.
I’m not a hugh Peralta fan but IMO everyone could be shock at how well he will do playing 4 days a week for a team like the Yankees who would give him a reason to come to the park everyday feeling good about himself.
Westbrook is also the same type pitcher who buckels down when he is playing for something, it’s a sad situation but sometimes vet perform at their top when there is something to play for and at stake.
And IMO both could be had for lower level prospect guys who won’t see the light of the majors for 2 or 3 years and Monor league depth.
The Indians will be looking for SS, 2b, CF, pitching and right handed power guys at the lower levels.
They would be interseted in guys like this.
Kelvin De Leon
A group like Paredes / Mesa / Joseph and Pirela may get the yankees both Peralta and Westbrook
Jhonny isn’t a bad option to come off the bench. Maybe being back in the playoff race sparks a fire under him and he posts something in the range of .270/.330/.400. Plus he can play SS in a pinch if for some reason Pena isn’t available.
Peralta was actually the guy I wanted from day one. He can play a half way decent (acceptable) 3B and SS which is perfect to ge Arod and Jeter some rest and you still have Pena as a defensive specialist. Bottom line is we need someone that can offer a bit more pop on days we rest Arod and Jeter. His bat is not explosive but in a reserve capacity he can prove to be helpfull. I absolutely like him better than most other options like Bloomquist, COunsel and Kennedy. Peralta shouldn’t cost much either.
Hafner would be a good fit as a lefty power bat but he is a 1 dimensional player and with Arod and Posada needing days off and Cervelli being a better defensive option at C I’m afraid that Hafner would be somewhat limited. Factor in what he’s owed and I wouldn’t want him. I think Miranda can provide as much offense as Hafner can as part of a lefty platoon with Thames being his right hand complement.
I know that money isn’t a issue to the yankees but with them really in a position to be able to use a Hafner maybe if the Indians took less to nothing back or included half the rest of this year and half next year just to free up the payroll maybe the Yankees would be more interested in taking a shot on Hafner with the short porch there I think Hafner would still hit more homers there than in Cleveland where there that high wall at Progressive Field. I have seen him hit about 10 balls right up against the fence in Cleveland that would have been homers in Yankee Stadium just a thought.
Plus if the indians did absorb half of next years contract and the Yankees cut him in 2011 it would be no big deal for them where it would be crippling to a organization to cut a guy like Hafner with that guarenteed contract.
Hafner is owed $13 mil in 2011, $13 mil in 2012 and has a buyout of $2.75 mil in 2013. Even if the Indians paid half of all money due (rest of 2010 thru 2013), I still don’t think the Yanks would want to invest $17 mil in a player who will share time @ DH with Arod, Jeter and Posada. It’s quite possible that Cervelli will catch 80 games next year meaning that Posada, who is a better hitter than Hafner, will need 250-300 at bats as a DH. Also, keep in mind that the price for 1 dimensional, past their prime DH’s has diminished greatly. If the Yanks wanted to commit money towards a full-time DH next year they could probably get guys like Dunn, Konerko, Pena, Lowell, Vic Martinez, Werth or Manny for the same or less than what Hafner is due.
The system wouldn’t let me edit, but include in the line regarding Hafner “He would be a perfect fit if circumstances were different”.
Ok here’s my slightly possible, highly unprobable trade proposal.
Indians send Peralta, Wood and Westbrook to the Yankees for Zach McAllister (22/SP/AAA), Brandon Laird (22/3B/AA-), Corban Joseph (22/2B/A+) and Brett Marshall (20/SP/A-). Yanks pay the balance of all money due
Too much to give up on the Yankees side considering the dollar commitment they’d have to make to the incoming players.
I sort of disagree. They are all FA next year. I would say that all three have maybe $10 mil left combined on their deals. How much would the Yanks have to spend in salary and/or better prospects if they tried to acquire a infield bat, 8th inning reliever and MOR starter from 3 individual teams? Neither of the three are negative value contracts.
I mean if the Yanks could get away w/o including a McAllister or Laird then great, but I would think they could get as good a return from 3 other teams desperate to fill those needs. I mean Westbrook alone would probably fetch a McAllister or Laird type prospect elsewhere.
that’s a very interesting trade, but I would have to pass as a NYY fan. It’s true that NYY prospects all have some problem: Joseph has a great bat, but may not field well enough to play 2B, Laird is blocked by A-Rod, and McAllister has lost some luster this season. Problem is that Wood doesn’t offer anything more than Mark Melancon or Rumulo Sanchez. Peralta would be worth acquiring as he significantly improves the bench, and Westbrook is an innings eater; not much better than Mitre or Gaudin. I’d have to pass, but quite an interesting proposal.
Jhonny Peralta would be a great fit for the Yankees. They currently have a great offense, and with Nick Johnson out, Peralta could serve as a DH, or give A-Rod and Jeter some days off when they need them. He has decent pop off the bench, and would be a hell of an upgrade to Ramiro Pena.
I think the Yankees should be looking more for an 8th inning guy right now. Robertson is performing well of late. However, someone like Leo Nunez of the Marlins, or Kevin Gregg of the Blue Jays would fit well, after Joba’s struggles. They also should go after a lower echelon starter, like Jake Westbrook, or Brett Myers, to fill in for Andy Pettite, and provide a better emergency starter than Sergio Mitre.