The Yankees are still looking at the market for starters, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post, but “feel doubtful” of getting anything done on that front. New York feels comfortable with its internal options to fill in for the just-DL’ed Michael Pineda, he adds. That may be true, of course, but we had heard of interest in a rotation addition prior to Pineda’s injury, so it seems unwise to count New York out of the market until the final bell has sounded.
More pitching notes:
- The Twins and Padres have had some trade discussions, and the concept of offloading the remaining two years of Ricky Nolasco’s contract has been floated in those discussions, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. As Wolfson notes, Jeremy Nygaard of TwinsDaily.com first suggested the notion. Nolasco does have a three-team no-trade clause but it does not include San Diego, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press notes on Twitter.
- The Twins are looking at set-up options that include Joaquin Benoit of the Padres and several Rays pitchers, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Minnesota has long been said to be pursuing pen arms, and it would be surprising if the team doesn’t make an addition today. We’ve already heard of recent interest in Tampa Bay’s relief arms from the Astros.
- Julio Teheran may have been available at one point, at a high price, but the Braves now seem more or less unwilling to move him, Heyman tweets. Atlanta just sent young starter Alex Wood to the Dodgers, of course, which could have impacted their willingness to part with another controllable arm (particularly since he’s scuffled this year).
- The Giants believe they can hold onto the just-acquired Mike Leake beyond this year, Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com tweets. San Francisco has had no trouble reaching late-season extensions in recent years, or with re-signing its own free agents off the open market, so it certainly bears watching.
Shields and Benoit to Twins for Nolasco, Arcia, and Stewart.
They are almost out of the woods with Nolasco I don’t think they’d go deeper in the woods with Shields the money doesn’t match up unless the Padres include a lot of cash.
Who would you rather take a risk with? Nolasco or Shield? I’d take the latter.
It would be something close to a 40 million dollar risk for a pitcher who is signed through his age 36 season, I don’t think the Twins are the type of team that would take on that much money mid season.
Maybe use him as a starter for a couple years and then convert him to a set up man. Expensive yes…but at least get value for some of the Nolasco money you are spending.
Why would the padres want Nolasco or Arcia?
Padres save money by swapping Shields for Nolasco. Twins at least get a usuable arm for the money. Arcia still has potential. Stewart is the piece that makes the deal worth it for Pads.
I don’t think moving Stewart would be a huge loss for the Twins or a huge gain for the Padres–he hasn’t been too impressive so far.
I think Arcia holds more value to the club, so I’d rather see someone like Vargas moved instead (but I assume Vargas holds very little value to the Padres).
Jorge Mateo and Greg Byrd for Shields and Benoit. It’s worth it the Padres can’t complain about that haul especially if Gary Sanchez gets thrown in we don’t need him we have catching for daaays. You keep Severino and Judge which are your real centerpeices for the future. As long as SD eats a lil bit of Shields’ contract it’s all goood. Now we have years of control on a quality veteran starter and a rotation next year that consists of Shields, Tanaka, Pineda, the developing and ever improving and cost friendly Eovaldi, and the so-so-but-eff-it-we’re-stuck-with-him and occasionally brilliant Sabathia. Aaand Severino and Judge are on the come up. Thats FIRE! We’ll be competeting for years to come.
Would rather move Mateo and Sanchez. Bird could potentially replace Tex and Sanchez is blocked for the foreseeable future. It’s not that big of a drop off and quite honestly, giving up two top 5 prospects for a starter with a high salary and a reliever is not worth it. If that dropoff isn’t worth it to the Padres, than it’s no deal.
Maybe Derek Norris is included as well….