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A look at trade deadlines past: 2006

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We continue our look at the New York Yankees trade deadline moves with 2006. You can check out the 2005 version here.

Lay of the land

After a tumultuous beginning to the 2005 season, the Yankees were in a much better position in 06. At 52-36 they were just a game and a half back of the Red Sox on July 15, and owned the AL’s fourth best record (remember, the Tigers were on pace for 110 wins at that point). Their pitching was much better, even though Carl Pavano, in the second year of his four-year commitment, hadn’t thrown a pitch.

Chien-Ming Wang was emerging as the team’s best pitcher. Mike Mussina had a torrid first half, going 10-3 with a 3.24 ERA in his contract year. Randy Johnson, despite an ERA in tatters, was still getting enough run support to win games. Even Jaret Wright was pitching well enough to be a fifth starer.

The problem was that one hole in the rotation. Shawn Chacon went downhill after taking a line drive off the shin. At the time, Darrell Rasner, freshly plucked off waivers from the Nats earlier in the year, was having some issues and couldn’t come up. In an apparent desperation move to fill a rotation spot, the Yanks signed Sidney Ponson on July 14. That should show their pitching troubles.

In the bullpen, things were a bit better. Mike Myers wasn’t all that bad. Scott Proctor had emerged as Torre’s seventh inning guy. Kyle Farnsworth, in the first season of his three-year deal, was disappointing. Tanyon Sturtze had bombed. Ron Villone was pitching well after sitting dormant for much of the first half. The Yanks were trying various options, including Sean Henn, though not much was sticking. Hell, even Scott Erickson got into nine games.

The look of the offense, though, was a bit more bleak. Hideki Matsui went down in May with a broken wrist and wouldn’t be back until at least September. Gary Sheffield had surgery on his forearm, and it was uncertain if he’d ever be back. The Yanks were running an outfield of Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, and Bernie Williams. It wasn’t the worst, but neither Melky nor Bernie had a lot of power. Things had gotten bad enough that the Yanks signed Terrence Long.

Cashman’s moves

July started slowly for Brian Cashman. The Phillies were demanding Phil Hughes in exchange for Bobby Abreu, which was simply out of the question. Still, Cash made a few under the radar moves, picking up Brian Bruney as a free agent after the Diamondbacks released him, and selecting Aaron Guiel off waivers. Nothing groundbreaking, but again part of Cashman’s strategy to pick up some low risk guys.

In the last week of July, Cash made his move. It started small, trading a nothing prospect to Philly for Sal Fasano. Ed Wade and Cashman would hook up four days later, as Philly sent Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to New York for C.J. Henry, Matt Smith (who hadn’t yet allowed a run out of the bullpen), and a couple others. It was a clear case of the Yankees taking on salary so they wouldn’t have to send real prospects in a trade. In one swoop Cashman had added his fourth starter and his starting right fielder.

The next day he capped the deadline activity by trading the floundering Shawn Chacon to the Pirates for Craig Wilson, who was to shore up the bench. That didn’t exactly work out, but there was no downside to the trade. A half month later, however, the Yanks made perhaps their worst move by releasing Carlos Pena. Clearly they didn’t foresee his looming breakout season, or else they would have called him up to replace Andy Phillips at first. Plus, who knows if he would have done anything in 06. He was, after all, in the minors for a reason. The Red Sox made a similar judgment.

How it all turned out

There were mixed results with the pitchers, but Cashman scored a bit win with Abreu, who tore it up with a .926 OPS. That helped shore up the outfield, though it would create a logjam later when Gary Sheffield insisted on coming back in late September. Best of all, Abreu gave them an instant replacement for Sheffield, who was going to depart after the season anyway. Aaron Guiel was also a modest success, though nothing to brag about.

Lidle didn’t hold down that fourth rotation spot like they’d hoped, but both Rasner and Jeff Karstens contributed down the stretch. Bruney was a hit in his 19 appearances, allowing just two runs. He did walk 15 in 20.2 innings, which was a sign of things to come for 2007. Still, he helped out a shaky bullpen, which was pretty much without Ron Villone come September.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Abreu acquisition. It powered the Yankees through August, including the glorious five-game sweep of the Red Sox which effectively buried them. The Yanks ran away with the division, winning 97 games and finishing 11 games ahead of second-place Toronto. They actually finished ahead of the Tigers, who blew the division to the Twins at the end. That led to a Yanks-Tigers matchup, and we all know what happened there.

Next up is 2007, another season in which the Yankees started off slowly and had a few needs at the deadline.

Categories : Days of Yore
  • DSFC

    Wow, totally forgot about Erickson (thankfully)

  • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

    Next up is 2007 The Year of the ARod, another season in which the Yankees started off slowly and had a few needs at the deadline.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “The Year of the ARod”

      http://www.geocities.com/jyrof.....rously.jpg (safe)

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG Jamal G.

        Mel Gibson > Fabio

        • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

          Fabio has sugar tits and is responsible for all the wars in the world.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        That was a crazy year. I missed the first half because I was in Lpndon, and when I came back everyone at work (all Mets fans) kept teasing me because the Mets were in first place.

        And then September happened.

  • A-Rod is Still My Ninja

    What about Matt Lawton?

    • A-Rod is Still My Ninja

      My bad…that was 2005.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        It’s all good, you’re still my ninja.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

          Aw….Group hug. :-)

  • Andy Stankewicz

    Craig Wilson makes Cody Ransom look like AROD!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And this movie is gonna make House Party look like House Party 2!

    • Ed

      Craig Wilson was maddening to watch on defense. He’d often plant the wrong foot on the base when covering first, which meant he’d have to step off if the throw wasn’t dead on. Always plant the foot on your throwing side, not your glove side. I’m amazed someone can make it to the majors and not know that.

  • Kiersten

    I’ll never forget that sweep of Boston, it happened the weekend I moved into college and I had “Go Yankees Sweep the Sox” written on my dry erase board on my door. Can’t believe that was 3 years ago.

  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    2007 was a pretty cool year until the playoffs hit. Great A-Rod year, dramtic comeback, some great games vs. the Red Sox. Until the playoffs hit it was fun.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      fucking midges

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        This year too has been a blast with all the walkoffs and close games we won, the dramtic A-Rod HR, Mo’s 500th and RBI, and now in first place. Except for (so far) the Red Sox debacle, this year has been a blast, this team is fun to watch.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hey, leave Dustin Pedroia out of this!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Oh, you said “midges”. My bad, I thought you said something else. Nevermind.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            That one earned a +50.

  • Andy Stankewicz

    Man we have seen a lot of crappy players pass thru the the Bronx. Andy Phillips, Josh Phelps, Clay Bellinger, Enrique Wilson (except when he faced Pedro)lol

    • jsbrendog

      clay bellinger has multiple world series rings. let that soak in.

      “hey, i’m clay bellinger, wanna see my world series rings?”

      ps when i went to spring training in march of 1999 i traveled around and saw a bunch of games and saw clay bellinger make multiple errors on one batted ball at least twice. My dad and I knew he wasn’t going to make it and he became the butt of our jokes. And somehow, he’s got rings.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Sure, Clay Bellinger has world series rings, but is he as ruggedly handsome and irresistible to the ladies as Andy Phillips is? I don’t think so. Andy Phillips is way more awesome than Clay Bellinger, no doubt about it.

        Sincerely,
        Demi Delia

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      “Andy Stankewicz says:
      Man we have seen a lot of crappy players pass thru the the Bronx.”

      I guess irony can be pretty ironic sometimes…

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Wow, ironic being used to describe irony. Now isn’t that ironic.

        • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          No, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            When in Rome..

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Yes, go on…

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I think it is. Irony can be ironic. That’s ironic.

            Yeah, I think so. Probably. Definitely sort of.

            Huh?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Fate can play a strange game sometimes, Lieutenant.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywvF71tRR2c (safe)

  • Andy Stankewicz

    True he has rings but somehow that doesnt escape him from being a crappy player, lol Its amazing even the club house attendent gets a ring!

  • Andy Stankewicz

    LOL I guess irony can be pretty ironic sometimes…
    I still rememer when I took over for Pat Kelly!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • Clayton

      Well, I remembered when you spelled your name right, Stankiewicz, and when you took over for Alvaro Espinoza because you were a shortstop.

  • GG

    Can we really cut Joba off after 40 or more innings, when he’s just starting to dominate? How on earth are they gonna pull that off??

    • jsbrendog

      pat on the butt and a good job kid go get em next year.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Can we really cut Joba off after 40 or more innings remember how savvy that Abreu and Lidle trade made Cashman look back in 2006, when he’s just starting to dominate gear up for another trade deadline? How on earth are they is Cashman gonna pull that another heist off??

      Fixed that for ya.

      • GG

        Big Abreu fan over here; that was such a good signing for the Angels

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, but they lucked out with that signing. He’s magically been rejuvenated defensively for no explicable reason. He had been an Adam Dunn level traveshamockery in the field for half a decade, and now all of a sudden he’s ranging around and vacuuming shit up like he’s Raul Mondesi or something out there.

          They bought low and caught lightning in a bottle. Kudos for them. I’m still glad we didn’t reup him, though.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

            I’m glad we didn’t resign him.

          • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “… and now all of a sudden he’s ranging around and vacuuming shit up like he’s Raul Mondesi or something out there.”

            Well I don’t know if I’d go that far, but yeah, he’s been better this year. (blushes)

            He’s still tied for most errors by an AL RFer and has the third lowest ZR amongst AL RFers, which is less a testament to how even an improved Abreu is not necessarily a good Abreu and more a testament to how awful he was in the past (since this year he has improved and is still not so great).

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              That.

              (And yeah, I figured I should throw you a bone. Seeing as how you’ve been begging for my bone for so long and all.)

              • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Clown.

                I got nothing else, I’ve been reduced to Pinstripe Destiny-ing you. He showed up last night and I hit him with a “CLOWN!” response, which was fun, but it didn’t get him riled up enough to respond to me like a crazy person, which was disappointing.

                (And now I’ll walk away, muttering.)

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Heh.

                  Now I have to go peruse the gamethread and see the convo.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I’ll find it, hold on…

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Ok got it:

                  http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-502183

                  No reaction, though, which would have been more fun.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

                  Of course there’s no reaction. He just shows up, spouts some negative bullshit, usually calling TSJC a clown, and leaves.

                • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/413671602_daded72a81_m.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Yeah… I don’t know why, but I find it fascinating. It’s like he sits there calmly reading and then just explodes in these one-off comments. It’s awesome.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Full disclosure: This is what I look like in person:

                  http://tinyurl.com/tommieinreallife (safe)

          • Make it 27

            Is this defensive analysis based on watching him play on a regular basis or his UZR ? Just out of curiosity

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Bit of both.

    • zs190

      there has been talk that we move him to bullpen after a couple more starts. Keith Law this morning mentioned that he thinks we should use Joba for 5 inning, 80 pitch kind of starts from here on out to keep his innings down. If we use Hughes as a pair with Joba for this, I think that could work out quite well.

      • zs190

        Does replying to off topic posts counts as going off topic? =(

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      We have a whole thread for Joba. A whole thread. And you go off-topic on this one, which has exactly nothing to do with Joba?

      Please stop. I’m not as vehement about Ben as on-topic posts, but this is an egregious offense.

      • jsbrendog

        at least he wears pants. we hope.

  • Tank Foster

    I bet they don’t cut Joba off. Not totally, and no bullpen. I’m thinking they just keep starting him, but use him gingerly, and, if possible, skip starts occasionally.

    With Wang out and nothing looming in the pipeline, I’m not sure they’ll “risk” using a AAA pitcher to finish out the year.

    2006 was a satisfying season…regular season I mean. I really thought that was the year they would win Jeter’s 5th. Damn Angels.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I like the way you made an attempt there at the end to bring it back on topic. Golf clap.

    • Kiersten

      Damn Tigers?

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    Man, when I remember the teams of yore, I realize that this team is the best in years. I mean, especially in the BP. I know they’ve had some problems with it this year with injury, but all in all it’s been good, and last year it was even better. Shows that Cash learned it’s best to build a BP with farmhands/prospects that are interchangeable. And not by signing Ron Villone and Krazy Kyle.

    This is a great series, Joe. You guys have been pumping out unreal content lately, with the overworked post, the Drabek post, and others. Y’all are blogging like Joba’s pitching right now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Joba, Mike, Joe, and Ben are all hotter than Roger Clemens’s balls.

      • A-Rod is Still My Ninja

        “Clemens doesn’t have balls anymore.” – Brian McNamee

  • A.D.

    It’s amazing how many crappy role players come and go.

    • jsbrendog

      just as there’s a reason bullpen pitchers aren’t starters there is a reason role players aren’t starters. but I don’t need to tell you that since I assume this was sarcasm….or at least meant to be humorous…

      • A.D.

        Yes there it, these posts have just been a trip down memory lane, remembering the likes of Guiel, Wilson, and Fasano

  • V

    We gonna get an open thread for the deadline today?