Yanks looking at Zambrano

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After losing out on CC Sabathia, the Yanks have focused their attention on acquiring Zambrano. Victor Zambrano that is. Currently toiling away with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, Zambrano has gone 0-6 with a 9.45 ERA, 2.30 WHIP & .367 BAA this year. He was demoted to the bullpen about two months ago, and hasn’t been as terrible, posting a 6.55 ERA & 1.45 WHIP. If the Yanks are interested, It shouldn’t take much at all to acquire him (“future considerations” should do it), and if he pitches like crap who cares? They’ll release him and be done with it, no risk at all. Could you imagine if they traded Hughes for him though? That would be crazy.

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  • TurnTwo

    seriously, has anyone really asked Steve Phillips what the hell he was thinking?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Phillips didn’t make that deal, he was long gone by then. That masterpiece was Jim Duquette’s doing.

    • christopher

      ESPN should make him do the highlights of every game Kazmir pitches

      • RustyJohn

        I remember when they made that deal and Sweet Lou was pissed that they got rid of Zambrano- he felt the Devil Rays were “giving up” on the season and was .38 hot.

  • whozat

    That is an incredible tag, gentlemen.

    I have to think that Horne’s problems have really been a thorn in their side this year. It also sucks for him…if he had been healthy, I figure he’d have been in the bigs for a month now, easy.

    • TurnTwo

      yup. i think Cashman was really hoping Horne was going to be the first go-to option.

  • Bryan

    This is a joke right? I can think of just about any other pitcher I would rather pick up than Zambrano, are the Yankees really wasting travel dollars scouting him? Ahahaahaha

    • mustang

      I thought it was a joke too. The guy era of 6.55 in AAA how can that be good in anyway?

      • A.D.

        Well its still the high altitude effect, Colorado’s AAA team is the minor league team that plays at the highest altitude!

        In all seriousness why bother, we could just bring up White

  • steve (different one)

    i don’t see this as anything more than exploring every avenue.

    i’d be shocked if anything came of it.

  • B

    2 words for you.

    NO WAY!!!!!!

  • usty

    Yeah, that makes no sense. Why would you take important developmental time away from one of the kids on the farm to waste time/innings on a perennial loser like Victor Zambrano?

    • TurnTwo

      but who would they be taking away innings from?

      scouting options never hurts. it also wouldnt be the worst thing in the world if they stuck him in Scranton for a couple starts, just in case.

      what would be the worst thing in the world is if he was actually pitched in a regular season game.

      but to scout him as an option? not a big deal.

  • christopher

    what is the latest update on Horne? Any chance we see him some time soon?

    • Stryker

      he was on the DL for some time recovering from a bicep tear. he was activated two weeks ago (i think), and he’s back on the DL with a dead arm.

      i thought horne would have been called up the day kennedy went down with his lat injury. oh well.

      i hope we really get to see what we have in him soon. he’s not getting any younger.

  • Chris

    Maybe they’re looking for some starting pitching to fill out the AAA roster. I know with injuries and call-ups, they’ve been pretty tight on starters this year.

  • Adam

    the daily news?!?! what about The Declaration of Tabloid Independence?

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      We said we’re still going to honor Feinsand, despite his DN ties.

  • The Scout

    Hey, all the Yanks need to do is bring in Rick Peterson as AAA pitching coach. He’s fixed Zambrano before, right? :-)

  • mustang

    Has anyone heard anything about Freddy García? How long would take for him to actually get onto MLB mound?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      August seems to be the ballpark date.

  • Dylan

    In other news, the Yankees have begun scouting me for their next call up start.

  • Stryker

    Could you imagine if they traded Hughes for him though? That would be crazy.

    did someone named Jim Duquette suddenly appear in the Yankees front office? haha

    i still laugh uncontrollably every time kazmir has a great outing for tampa bay while the mets struggle with starting pitching.

    • steve (different one)

      considering the Rays play in the same division as the Yankees and will probably keep them out of the playoffs, maybe it’s time to stop laughing?

  • stefan

    This just seems like a waste. Jason Jones is downright bored in Trenton, and Chase Wright (as far as I know) is off the DL. I guess it makes sense if Zambrano is just there as a no-risk option and space-filler on the AAA roster (with Aceves, Marquez, and Horne on the DL). Still, I don’t see why the Yanks would even bother.

  • stefan

    In other news, when Jason Jones is rescued from the clutches of Trenton, PLEASE don’t forget about Anthony Claggett. He and Mark Melancon are going to start throwing underhand just so they can have a challenge for once.

    • Stryker

      Double A is where these guys learn the most. i’d rather keep them there for the sake of being cautious. melancon will get his time, don’t worry. BE PATIENT

      • whozat

        Yeah, the organization already said they want Melancon in AA to work on his change. That pitch isn’t really ready yet, and this will let him work on it without getting crushed all the time.

      • stefan

        Nah, I’m not actually advocating the promotion of Mark Melancon. We have enough bullpen arms in AAA already, especially with Britton’s return and Bruney on his way.

        Just drawing attention to the fact that he’s bored down in AA. Jones, however, deserves a promotion (again), and Claggett has shown enough in Trenton to warrant a AAA stint.

  • whozat

    Has anyone seen this?


    posts about it on posnanski’s (sp?) blog and on FJM.

    The Tampa Bay Rays SUPERHEROES go up against the evil DR. STAT, who wishes to destroy baseball with his useless statistics.

    True story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Lmao at a caller on Max Kellerman’s show trying to downplay Melky Cabrera’s defense by saying he has “Nine errors”. Kellerman, dumbfounded by that claim, asked him again and the caller said “Yeah, nine errors…in three years”. I love sports talk radio.

  • Axl

    What’s the point of getting Victor Zambrano? Wouldn’t it be just as arbitrary as trying to acquire…literally ANYONE else?!? 0-6 with an ERA over 9.00 and an almost .400 BAA? You could literally pick a random name of nobodies out of a hat and they would probably be a better bet.

    Sir Sidney (Ponson) will be DFA’d soon…once we figure out who’s worse. Darrell Rasner or Sidney himself. They’re both pretty terrible…and we need a fix soon…

    It’s a good thing Ian Kennedy and Kei Igawa have turned out so well!!!

  • A.D.

    I mean obviously the Yanks wouldn’t have to actually give anything up for him, but why bother, there’s tons of guys in the minors who aren’t that good that can be gotten for little. The yanks have guys in the minors that are better than Zambrano right now.

    They’d be better served briging up a Wright/Jones/White and let them get some experience, maybe they take lumps just like Zambrano does, but at least they learn something and actually have a good upside

  • Sidney El Panson

    before we laugh, remember that one of the castoffs we once had and quickly disposed of, Tim Redding, is actually doing a serviceable job starting for the Nats.

    no harm done in giving Zambrano a look.

  • Relaunch

    Yup, it really makes sense to compare Kazmir to Hughes. No one knows if Hughes will be anything close to Kazmir. The only thing people can hope is that he doesn’t break his pinky while on rehab.

    • steve (different one)

      actually it does, if we are talking about Kazmir AT THE TIME of the trade. which was 4 years ago.

      in fact, one of the reasons the Mets traded him was because they felt he wouldn’t stay healthy.

      he has had his share of injuries.

      but luckily for the Rays, they had the luxury to be patient with him.

      • Relaunch

        At the time of the trade, the Mets were concernece about his make up, not his injury history like glass hughes. An no, I don’t want to hear or have a discussion on how the injuries mean nothing because they aren’t on his arm.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          How about the fact that 40% of the injuries were a stubbed toe and a “tired arm”? You’re going to kill him over a sprained ankle as well? Really?

        • Casper

          Actually, you’re wrong. The Mets were concernece, due to his size and mexhanices, that Kazmir might be prone to injury.

  • steve (different one)

    why don’t we wait until something actually happens before we get up in arms about Zambrano pitching for the Yankees?

    i am sure the Yankees have scouts looking at EVERY team’s farm system before the deadline.

    taking a LOOK at Zambrano means absolutely nothing. if he starts in the Bronx, i will be pissed off, but that is a long way from happening.

  • Bo

    I understand the whole “protect the system” thing but sometimes you have to improve the big league club and trade prospects for established and good major leaguers.

    Bout time we moved some of the prospects the front office doesnt think will be all stars and get some help here.

    • whozat

      There’s been one significant move made thus far. The market won’t solidify until closer to the deadline. Making deals now requires overpaying, which is stupid unless there’s a legit point to it…like the Brewers wanting those extra four starts out of CC. It matters to them. Getting “established and good” major leaguers for prospects who won’t be all-stars just doesn’t happen that often, and certainly not this early in July.

  • mustang

    From Ken Rosenthal:
    “The Yankees also were “very heavily involved” in the Sabathia discussions, one source said, but declined to commit the necessary prospects at a time when their 2008 chances are uncertain.”

    I wonder what they wanted? And wonder what they offered?

    • mustang

      “….at a time when their 2008 chances are uncertain.”

      This is encouraging.

    • A.D.

      It Ken Rosenthal blowing smoke, if they weren’t willing to commit “necessary” prospects, then they weren’t really in the running. He should of wrote:

      “The Yankees were in negotiations but couldn’t come to an agreement on the right peices, as they weren’t willing to trade a top prospect, in the class of a LaPorta”

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Mostly because they don’t have a prospect in the class of LaPorta. He’s one of the 20, worst case 25 best prospects in baseball.

        • TurnTwo

          Sweeney Murti apparently said the Indians were asking for Hughes and Jackson in return, which makes some sense considering what Milwaukee got in LaPorta.

          • TurnTwo

            i should say what Milwaukee *gave* in LaPorta.

          • mustang

            I would of not done that.
            thank you.

          • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Eh, I think Hughes + Jackson > LaPorta + Bryson. It’s closer than many people may think though.

  • Adrian-Retire21

    ZAmbrano.C’mon the Yankees need pitching not anothef journey man or someone in the minors taking rosters spots.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    I’d rather have Trachsel. Wow, I am ashamed to have said that.

  • jsbrendog

    bring in some position players and let them pitch

    • stefan

      Agreed. Jamie Burke looked pretty good out there yesterday