Hawkins traded to Houston


After picking up Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte and Pudge Rodriguez in the past few days, Brian Cashman may have turned his greatest trick this afternoon by trading LaTroy Hawkins to Houston. The compensation is unkown, but speculation is that it could be second base prospect Matt Cusick. Incredible.

Update (8:37pm): It’s Cusick.

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  1. Double-J says:

    This day just keeps getting better Yankee-wise. Any sort of scouting report on Cusick beyond the MiLB page?

    • Mike A. says:

      Fringy guy, ranked #29 in a miserable Astros system before the year. Best trait is his ability to get the bat on the ball, otherwise he doesn’t have much power, doesn’t run fast, and can’t field well enough to play any other positions.

  2. Alan says:

    Looks a little old to be in Class A.

  3. Joe says:

    Cashman is on a roll

  4. E-ROC says:

    Just getting a body for LaTroy Hawkins is a fleece, lol. Wow. Boston just might cave and trade Manny Ramirez…..out of the AL.

  5. stuart says:

    what is houston doing? Do they have a plan? If so I cannot figure it out but they are not a well managed organization.

  6. Ivan says:

    Man the are a couple outs away from being swept. If we have just done our job against the O’s.

  7. Jake says:

    What a great day. First a Yankee-styled thrashing of the O’s then no more Kyle with an upgrade at C with Pudge. Then we said good riddance to LaTroy, and now we’re very close to a Boston sweep. Excellent day.

  8. Ivan says:

    Man Detriot has no pitching.

  9. Joey says:

    The Yankees have been getting calls on Carl Pavano. One unconfirmed rumor has the Mets interested.


  10. jeff says:

    I like how Cashman keep trying to break this site by making trades.

  11. Joey says:

    And this (also from mlbtraderumors):

    “8:50pm: Will Carroll believes the Commissioner’s Office has been informed of a Red Sox-Pirates-Marlins trade even though the teams haven’t agreed on the prospects. Here’s how he sees it:

    Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (BOS), and cash (likely Ramirez’s remaining salary)
    Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two FLO, one BOS)
    Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow”

    How awesome would that be, no Manny in the AL :-D I can’t stop smiling at the thought. Like Mike, Ben, and Joe have stated over and over, nothing means shit until a deal is done, but still just the slim possibility has me all giddy

    • Mike A. says:

      Jason Bay’s a pretty damn good player, and you could easily make a case that he’s having a better year than Manny. But that deal makes it seem like they’d be getting Bay & Grabow for Manny, 2 prospects and a ton of cash. Not a great deal for them.

    • Alan says:

      I’ve always been a Jason Bay fan, but he’s no Manny. Character issues or not, Manny Ramirez is still one of the best hitters in baseball today. Jason Bay, while a solid offensive player and a good citizen, does not strike fear into the hearts of pitchers like Ramirez does. I have to imagine this is more of an addition by subtraction for Boston, if it does happen.

      • Joey says:

        He’s one of the best hitters in the game and always seems to play even better against the Yankees. He is one of a few “Yankee killers” these days and I would love to see him go to the NL

  12. jeff says:

    Careful what you wish for. Jason Bay is really good and could be great in Fenway. And he’s signed cheap for next year. If the Red Sox get him without getting killed on the prospects they’ve done well.

  13. Brad says:

    I think Boston upgrades, even if slight. Bay and Manny sort of break even in my opinion, and Grabow gives them a much needed late-inning reliever. It’s gonna be a GREAT pennant race.

  14. Jack says:

    So what’s this kid’s ceiling? Is he ML-bench quality, or is he going to be in Scranton on his 30th birthday and decides to take a step back and says “Fuck it, this isn’t working” and starts selling used cars, thinking about what might have been?

    Just curious.

    • Mike A. says:

      He is going to be in Scranton on his 30th birthday when he decides to take a step back and says “Fuck it, this isn’t working” and starts selling used cars, thinking about what might have been.

      • Jack says:


      • RustyJohn says:

        Lol….I want to see Olney say that one night on ESPN-

        “Buster, what do you think about Cusick?”

        “Well this is a guy whose going to be in Scranton till his 30 and finally say, ‘Fuck it.’ Then he’ll work for Dunder-Mifflin*.”

        *Paper in a Paper-less World.”

        By the way, I loved him in The Thin Red Line. Oh wait, that was Cusack.

  15. Manimal says:

    Can someone compare Cusick to someone in the majors?

  16. Bill N says:

    I don’t know if anyone heard earlier today, Kellerman crapping on Steve Phillips via phone interview but funny stuff, cause Phillips was getting pissed, I guess it carried over to Baseball Tonight cause Phillips pissed off Gammons. Gammons also looked like he was gonna cry because people where actually talking down on the sox on their sister station.

    • Bo says:

      I don’t get the Gammons hate. The guy is probably the all time best baseball reporter ever. No reporter stands up for A-Rod more than Gammons and his love of the core Yankees made most think he was a Yankee fan.

      You aren’t a real fan if you don’t like Gammons.

      • mike says:

        Now thats silly – Gammons has a man-crush on Henry, and his love for the Sox is apparent.

        Its hard not to root for/ be biased against the “core Yanks” who were good citizens and won the WS every year, especially when the Sox had a circus of Pedro and his mini-friend in the clubhouse.

        Irrsepcetive of how unbiased he is, his links to the ownership of a powerful, rich contending team means he has “ears” on basically every deal, so i admire his insight…………

        BUT if the Sox picked up Pudge for Timlin (analagous, or as close as I could get) he would be lauding Theo for making the off-the-radar move to pick up a winner who can help them….i wonder if he would offer Cash the same compliment?

  17. Travis G. says:

    I’m Bill S. Preston, Esquire!
    And I’m Ted Theodore Logan!
    And we are WILD STALLYNS!

    (Cusick is from San Dimas)

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