Yanks eying Rockies’ Fuentes

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Ed Price reports that the Yankees — and Red Sox — are scouting the Rockies’ lefty Brian Fuentes. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Colorado closer has put together a good season and has long drawn the Yanks’ eye. But Price speculates that the price for Fuentes could be the up-and-coming Mark Melancon. Melancon is 4-0 with a 2.34 ERA in 61.2 innings. He has struck out 57 and better than one per inning since moving up to Trenton. Double A opponents are hitting just .167 off of him, and to this rumored trade, I say unequivocally no. N-O.

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  • TurnTwo

    agreed. as nice as it would be to have a legit lhp in the bullpen, Melancon seems like he’s the goods. i vote no.

    of course, Olney, Gammons, and crew will say that the Saux system could sustain a trade of Michael Bowden or Justin Masterson and still be fine, while obviously the yankees would be devastated by such a move.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Of course, just Melancon for Fuentes wouldn’t be enough… they’d probably have to add in Humberto Sanchez, Luke Greinke, and Abe Almonte to balance things out. The Rockies are far more interested in Masterson, and they’re rumored to be willing to throw in Matt Holliday to sweeten the deal.

      In a related story, Lars Anderson and Daniel Bard have just won the 2009 and 2010 AL MVP and Cy Young awards, and both are expected to sign with the Patriots and become the Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson of the new millenium.

      For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons, ESPN.

  • Reggie C.

    You’re right Ben. The Yanks’s reply to Rockies’ demand of Melancon should be a resounding NO. But we should make available Edwar Ramirez andd Robertson. I didn’t realize Fuentes was that old too.

    The Sox’s rotation of Beckett, Dice-K, Wakefield, Buchholz, and Lester is set. But Wakefield is getting old .. so the Sox could actually be thinking of trading one of those 2 pitchers.

  • beezr

    Devastated by trading Mark Melancon? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like this trade either but to say their system would be devastated by a trade of Melancon is selling the Yank’s system short. Maybe I’m reading you wrong Mr. Turntwo, maybe that’s what you’re saying Olney and Gammons are saying.

    • TurnTwo

      just a play on a running theme from the talking heads over at ESPN.

  • Geno

    What would be the point of this move? We’re in third place, and our future has been placed in the capable hands of our youth movement. Why trade a guy who could replace Mo in a few years for an old lefty? Just doesn’t make sense.

  • http://2009 Haggs

    The bullpen is the one area (knock wood) that isn’t broken right now.

    They should pretend to be involved to drive the price up and hope Boston gets a left handed Gagne.

  • ChrisS

    bad trade.

    relievers are a dime a dozen and the proper method to fill a bullpen is throw a bunch of [pasta] at the wall and see what sticks.

    The one plus is that it’s a reliever/reliever swap, instead of say Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson.

    There’s no reason to trade for Fuentes other than to say that they have a “reliable” lefty in the ‘pen.

  • Yankees 4ever

    I vote a resounding NO!!!!!. Go after Damaso Marte, could be cheaper

    • TurnTwo

      Marte isnt going to be any cheaper.

    • B

      both are also free agents after this season.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    To be honest, I think it’s Ed Price’s suggestion that the Rockies take a look at Melancon, but that’s just one very bad trade proposal.

  • craig

    There is no way they are going to trade Melancon for Fuentes…..The Yankees scouts view him as the future closer…

    • Relaunch

      Scouts view alot of people. Majority of the time they don’t become what they expect. I think the idea for this deal bad but these are probably the same scouts that said that Kennedy would be a 12-15 game winner this year.

      • whozat

        I don’t think any scouts said that about Kennedy, unless they were basing it on the expectation that the offense would score 950 runs again this season. If they did, any serviceable back-end starter making 30 starts would have had a shot at 12 wins.

        It was certainly reasonable to think that Kennedy could average 6 innings a game for 30 starts with a 5 ERA, no? Granted…he hasn’t, but that’s was far from a crazy estimation. And, if the Yanks are scoring 5+ runs a game (like many thought they could), no reason Kennedy couldn’t have gotten double digit wins.

        • TurnTwo

          i think this hits the Kennedy issue on the head.

          unfortunately, he couldnt even do this. but i think a lot of people, including internally within the organization as well as fans, had high hopes IPK could hold down the back of the rotation this season. seems as though we were all a bit too quick.

  • Phil McCracken

    This would be a dumb trade when starting pitching is clearly the problem right now, not the bullpen.

    If anything they should have given Melancon to the A’s for Harden, not 33 year old Fuentes who isn’t exactly the picture of consistency. He’s been in and out of the closer role in Colorado for a while now.

    • TurnTwo

      agreed. starting pitching is much more of an issue than the bullpen.

  • Brandon

    A middle finger visual and a HELL NO !

  • A.D.

    Both BA, and probably the yankees see Melancon as a future closer, and with Mo getting up there in years its an obvious possibility. Picking up Fuentes would be nice, but you don’t want to give up a young up & coming prospect for him. If the Yanks were “too uncertain about 2008 for CC” then I imagine Fuentes for Melancon would be the same

  • rob

    turntwo..i agree with your thoughts on espn..but i also think you are forgetting the worst, most red-sox bias announcers on tv, Mr. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver!

  • Adam

    if the yankees hadn’t burned through melancon’s innings so quickly this year, he could be better than fuentes right now. just less left handed.

    • whozat

      What? You act like he’s been shut down due to some innings limit. He’s still pitching. He’s in AA because they want him working on his changeup.

    • TurnTwo

      and maybe it was never really the intention of the organization to depend on him to be up and helping the MLB pen this season… same as JB Cox.

      i think a lot of fans figured since they were coming back and healthy, they’d be pushed thru the system to be of service down the stretch.

      but the way the bullpen has performed, especially as of lately, it allows for these guys, including Humberto Sanchez, to work thru a full season in the system first, then come back and aim for the MLB pen come 2009.

      • steve (different one)

        if the yankees hadn’t burned through melancon’s innings so quickly this year, he could be better than fuentes right now. just less left handed.

        you act like the Yankees should have penciled Melancon into their 2008 bullpen 1 year from TJS.

        the guy needs innings.

        just b/c we are anxious to see him doesn’t mean the Yankees don’t know what they are doing.

  • E-ROC

    The Yanks bullpen is doing quite fine right now. No need to trade for Fuentes unless the Rockies would like LaTroy Hawkins in return. Yanks should concentrate on starting pitching and improving the bench. Andy LaRoche?

    • whozat

      Andy LaRoche is your idea of improving the bench? He’s 24 and hitting well in AAA. He should be starting at 3B for the Dodgers, and would be if not for injury and Torre.

      You want to talk about targeting him as the 1B of the future? Ok. But realize that he’s valued as a young potential everyday player. And valued as a potential 3B, so he’d be even more expensive than a comparable hitter who can only play 1B.

  • JohnC

    Xavier Nady is the guy to get. If a left bat is needed, how bout David Delluci?

    • whozat

      Except other teams value him as a starting corner OF. The Rays have been looking at him too. It’ll be a bit of a bidding war. And it might be buying high.

      I’d look at Juan Rivera, myself. I think he’ll be a lot more reasonably priced than Nady.

      • Count Zero

        Batting fifth and playing left field…Barry…Bonds…Bonds.

    • steve (different one)

      as unbelievable as this sounds, Dellucci has been worse than Melky this year.

      the Yankees need a starting pitcher and maybe a RH bat. i don’t know where they will get either of those things, but i would put “bullpen help” well below those in terms of priority.

      the Yankees still have Strickland, Cox, Britton, and maybe Bruney to try out.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Dellucci worse than Melky? BLASPHEMY!

        Don’t you remember how huge and clutch that homer off of Joba was, back in May? And, he didn’t even pump his fist or nothing… Dellucci is a gamer and gritty and gutty and a man’s man. We should be lucky enough to acquire him.

        He’s no Dustin Pedroia, but then again, who is?

        • Whitey14

          Dude, why do you have so many pictures of David Faustino? Wait a minute, are you David Faustino?? If you are, can you get me close to Christina Applegate?

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos

            It’s called Google Image Search. Just type in Dustin Pedroia, and all these pictures of Bud Bundy keep popping up. Cut and paste, lickety split.

            It’s so easy, it’s almost as basic as the knowledge that any All-Star Game with Jason Varitek in it is gonna suck balls, because Jason Varitek, in fact, sucks balls.

  • Baseballnation

    Save Melancon and offer a nice package to the M’s for Bedard if his stock has taken a hit this season as I suspect… A Kennedy/Cox/Miranda/Cabrera should do

    • TurnTwo

      no, that wont do.

      • whozat

        Truth. Besides…haven’t we already tried a media-hating, ornery lefty with injury concerns?

        If you’re going to make a big deal, make it for someone you think has a shot to stay on the field the most of the time that he’s playing for you.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Bullpen is not the issue, folks. Ramirez, Veras and Farnsy have all looked solid over the past few months. We need a lefty why? Just to have one?

    If you gotta trade chips, at least get someone who can go 6-7 every five days and not stink it up. Problem is, when you’re the Yankees, everyone knows what you need and how badly you need it.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    The Yankees are eyeing Brian Fuentes. In a related story, I’m eyeing Alex Rodriguez’s gal pal Alicia Marie. (work safe, if you find bikinis safe at your work…)

    • Whitey14

      That’s a man baby….

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Yeah, she does tend to slide more towards the “hard” side of the hard-soft spectrum. Truth be told, none of Alex’s women are all that impressive.

        …which only further reinforces why Derek Jeter will always be the man.

  • mustang

    I agree NO not unless Matt Holliday is coming with him.
    I’m still in the Nady/ Marte / or Bedard camp they all fill a need and are under control for at least another year.

  • http://abigloudno godfather

    i know there are exceptions to building from within, but this isn’t one of them…melancon isn’t the guy to be toying with

  • Rich

    There is no way in hell that Cash trades Melancon. Price was foolish to mention his name.

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    The Yankee brass has smartened up recently and won’t make a foolish move such as dealing Melancon. They think too highly of him and the fans would be outraged.