Jan
26

Yanks trade Mitch Hilligoss for Greg Golson

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Back in the day, a move like this would have flown under the radar. But now we have schmucks, like the guy covering MLBTR today, digging up little tidbits to satiate our transactional thirst. As MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports, the Yankees have sent Mitch Hilligoss to the Rangers for outfielder Greg Golson. It’s a small-time move, for sure — the Rangers DFA’d Golson last week to make room for Khalil Greene. The Yanks are the beneficiaries, trading a guy with no future on the team for a possible outfield option.

The 21st overall pick in the 2004 draft, Golson spent most of his professional career in the Phillies system. Known primarily for his speed, Golson didn’t flash much of anything else during his journey from A ball to AA. His OBP never hit even .330 until his age-22 season, in AA, and even then it sat at .333. His contact and power numbers were decent for a speedster, however, as he racked up 120 hits, 35 of which went for extra bases, over 426 at-bats in 2008. The Phillies then traded him to Texas for John Mayberry.

Golson slipped in 2009, his batting average dropping to .258, his OBP to .299, and his SLG to .334, all while in the hitter-friendly PCL. But even before then he lost the prospect luster. John Sickels extended his top 20 Rangers prospects to 24, and still Golson fell into the “others” list. Baseball America clearly left him out of their top 10, though Golson did rank as the best athlete, fastest baserunner, and best outfield arm in the organization.

For the Yanks, this represents just another low-risk move. Hilligoss, most remembered for his 38-game hitting streak in the Sally League three years ago, probably won’t amount to much, especially in the Yankees’s system. All Golson costs is one of the free 40-man roster spots, and even then it doesn’t seem like they’ll hesitate to cut him if the need arises. For now he’ll compete for a spot on the team in Spring Training, though chances are the Yankees will just stash him in AAA. It appears he was added to the 40-man roster after the 2008 season, so he’ll have options.

Credit: AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

Categories : Hot Stove League
  • JSquared

    WHOO!! GOLSON!!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Another speedy guy with little power who strikes out a lot. The Yankees are acting like Randolph and Mortimer Duke and trying to corner the market.

    • Steve H

      We’re back!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        TURN THOSE MACHINES BACK ON!!!!

    • Bob Ruffolo

      It was the Dukes, It was the Dukes!

    • pete

      Mortimer is such an awesome name

  • Rose

    Why didn’t Texas have to DFA anyone on the 25 man roster for Greene? Or are they going to do that later when the season nears?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Or are they going to do that later when the season nears?

      That.

      There’s no active 25 man roster during the offseason. Throw everyone in together on a 40 man, and then sort shit out by the end of ST.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Looks like we’re trying to saturation-bomb our way to an LF solution, rather than bringing back Johnny Damon. Golson = more cannon fodder.

    It’s not all that bad of a strategy.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I posted this on MLBTNR, but maybe they can trade him back to Philly for John Mayberry Jr. again?

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        …or maybe even for the guy FOX thought was John Mayberry Sr.?

        • Aaron from Albany

          haahahahaha

    • radnom

      I don’t think that is what this signing is. More like depth for the minors. Never really played above AAA, similar skill set to Gardner (speed/contact).

      • radnom

        *trade

    • Bo

      How is bringing in middling crap that cant hit minor league pitching instead of an all star, clutch player who knows how to succeed in NY a good strategy????

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
        • r.w.g.

          Classic.

        • Tom Zig

          bravo

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

        When was the last time Damon was an All Star? I’m serious, I don’t remember.

        • pete

          oh i genuinely thought he was referring to Nelson Cruz. Now the “knows how to succeed in NY” part makes sense, although the rest no longer does

        • Chip

          Wow he only made All-Star teams in 2002 and 2005. That’s going to kill his HOF credentials if he sticks long enough to pile up the numbers

        • Steve H

          He was last an All-Star in 2005 when he was voted in by the fans after the nation of pink hatters took over the Red Sox. He’s made 2 in 14 seasons, so he’s due to make it again in 2012. In 2002 he was the final vote All-Star, so the fans and manager didn’t think he deserved to go initially.

          • A.D.

            So he’s a two-time fan vote in?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              The fans love him. That’s a sign that he was perceived as great, therefore, he was a great player and deserves to be in the Hall.

              Sincerely,
              The Self-Contradictory, Utterly Unpredictable Idiots in the BBWAA

              • A.D.

                If Damon gets some more counting stats he may make the BBWAA heads explode.

                Near 3,000 hits +
                Very few All Star Games –
                Media/Fan Fav +
                Never stayed with 1 team/hired gun –
                Made some crazy diving plays & “clutch” in postseason +
                No MVP or gold gloves-

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  Played for the Yankees –
                  Shaved his hippie beard and got a haircut +

        • Steve B.

          Look it up, Mike…we’re not going to do your homework for you.

  • bexarama

    He’s from the Phillies so he’s probably going to start talking about how Andy sucks and he can hit Mariano Rivera any minute now.

    /oldjoke’d

    Yeah, I’m not crazy about him, but it’s not like we gave up anything either.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Are you kidding? Mitch Freakin Hilligoss!!! He’s a Boilermaker, those guys know their baseball.

      • Steve B.

        Maybe he’s been drinking too many boliermakers.

  • Chip

    Great, now who’s going to break Joe D’s mark?

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

    It’s been real, Hit Streak. Following the 38 gamer was one of the coolest experiences in DotF history.

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

      I have always loved the nickname.

    • Steve B.

      He gets a nickname like “Hit Streak” for a 38-game streak in A-ball ??….that’s very weak.

  • ARX

    Minor correction: his 2009 triple slash was .258/.299/.344. Which is a shame because a .229 OBP in a full season of play would be quite an accomplishment.

  • Bo

    Cant wait to we get the comments that say Golson should be competing for the LF job. Between him and Hoffmann and Gardner I dont know who the 2010 all star will be.

    • Steve H
      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Ooooh, you went for the mug. Nice touch of class.

        • Steve H

          Stainless steel, class all the way. Didn’t think the magnet or even a ceramic mug did it justice.

    • pete

      I know who the 2010 all star will be

      • jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis

        i know who it won’t be….and i’m not talking gardner/hoffmann/golson, amirite?

        • pete

          yes you are, sir.

          for those of you still wondering, the all star will be (pick a few) Tex, Cano, Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson, Sabathia, Rivera. Playing alongside those guys will also be the very productive Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher. Insignificant in regards to whether or not the yankees will have a great, likely top-of-the-league offense next year will be Brett Gardner, Jamie Hoffmann, and Greg Golson. The non-allstar, who may or may not be on the team, and will be similarly irrelevant in the aforementioned “will the yanks O be awesome next year” debate, is Johnny Damon. The debate Johnny will be relevant in, however, is whether or not the yanks will have a super-awesome defensive outfield, or one that barely reaches league-avg. levels.

          • jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis

            oh i meant bo. but that works too

            • pete

              bo is, always has been, and always will be an all star.

              • pete

                in my heart <3

  • Mo

    Interesting though that a trade for an outfielder was made with the Texas Rangers. Maybe, this dialogue is where the Nelson Cruz rumor started or maybe this is the failed result of Cashman attempting to negotiate a deal for Cruz. Or better still, maybe this opened the dialogue for a Cruz to the Yanks swap.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      [phone rings]
      Cashman: Cashmeezy, my neezy.
      Texas GM Jon Daniels: Hey, Brian, what’s up.
      Cashman: Whatup, numbnuts?
      Daniels: How’s the wife?
      Cashman: Get to it, fucker. I’m busy.
      Daniels: Oh, okay. Um, I heard you guys were looking for an outfielder.
      Cashman: Yeah.
      Daniels: Any interest in Nelson Cruz?
      Cashman: Hold on. [shouting to someone in the office] AFTERMAN! WHAT’S THE NAME OF THAT LITTLE SHIT IN CHARLESTON I WAS GONNA CUT? … That’s it. Hey, Jon, you can have Mitch Hilligoss.
      Daniels: Wait, no, maybe you misheard me, I’m talking about Nelson Cruz. He was an All-Star las–
      Cashman: Hilligoss. Take it or leave it, assmunch.
      Daniels: I can’t do that. What about Hilligoss for Greg Golson? He’s one of our Triple-A outfielders, good kid with nice spee–
      Cashman: Sure, fine, yeah, blah blah blah. Call Afterman and draw up the paperwork, whatevs, I don’t give a shit. I gotta go hit up Tiger and bang some skanks. Cashmoney OUT, BITCH!
      [hangs up]

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Hilligoss played in Tampa, Eric.

        YOU GOT BO’d!!!!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          My retort: Cashman probably doesn’t know or care that information.

          Accuracy through intentional errors FTW.

      • JSquared

        Emmy Winning Scene…

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        I have a sudden urge to find people to read this out loud, tape it, and put it on youtube.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          It’s the profanity. It always makes everything better.

  • Reggie C.

    And to think that Hilligoss was once one of the 4 players packaged in a trade proposal for Johan Santana.

  • A.D.

    Best LF defensive depth in the league.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      And possibly the worst offensively.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      2009 RedSoxian depth, even.

      • JGS

        impossible

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          You’re probably right.

          That was a once-in-a-lifetime level of depth. We’ll not see that again soon.

          Ah, when men dare to fly where eagles soar…

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

      • A.D.

        They got Golson to trade back to Texas for Smoak at the ASB. Smoak-bat type defense.

  • A.D.

    Does Golson have options left?

    • steve (different one)

      yes, according to Chad Jennings

  • Steve H

    Fun fact.

    Golson has as many sacks in the NFL as Gholston.

    • Thomas

      Said by some dude sitting behind a computer, whom Gholston would leave cleat marks on, if he ever figured how to lace ‘em up and find the football field.

      Sincerely,
      Angry, Angry Vin

      • Steve H

        Heh.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Fun Fact #2: Golson has a better chance of playing for a New York professional sports team in 2010 than Gholston does.

      Welcome to Cutsville, Vernon. Population, YOU.

  • Mister Delaware

    Better Sept. 1st PR callup than Guzman. Sooo … that’s cool.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Gardner, Golson and Hoffmann all in the outfield. Imagine teh UZR!!11!!!1

  • Rose

    Career .308 OBP is pretty God-awful. They might just be stockpiling backups for the minors or if somebody gets hurt.

    He’s certainly not the answer. The Gardner/Hoffman/Golson albatross is fine…but only because the rest of the team is so tits. You could put Tommie’s microwaved burrito out there and the Yankees would still bash heads into the turnbuckle.

    I’d still be a lot more comfortable with Reed Johnson or something with a little higher upside lol but whatever.

    • A.D.

      Well figure the Golson move changes nothing from 2 hours ago, but if shit hits the fan he can at least come up, not hit, and play well defensively.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Greg Golson: Ramiro Peña and Frankie Cervelli

  • TarHeelYankee

    This is how good it is to be a Yankee fans ……. If we were Met fans this would be a block buster

  • Richard Griffith

    First, you call the guy a schmuck for reporting it and then you write 4 paragraphs on it. If it was not for these schmucks, you’d have nothing to write about. You owe this schmuck an apology for contributing to the “digging up little tidbits to satiate our transactional thirst”.

    • A.D.

      I hope this is a joke.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Not sure if serious.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Joe Pow’s joke

      —————

      Richard Griffith’s head

      • jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis

        i dont think you have enough space in there

        maybe like

        ———

        RG’s head

        • jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis

          damn! wont let me just press enter a lot. well, you get the point

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            You have let Fernando Tatis down.

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

        The worst part is that I almost didn’t include the little bit, because we’ve been overusing it now that Mike’s on MLBTR frequently.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Meh, if you didn’t say it, I would have.

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

      Did you even click on the link? Go ahead. Do it. Then maybe you’ll get it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I WAS NOT ELECTED TO READ, I WAS ELECTED TO LEAD!!!

        • JGS

          quote fail

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Why?

            Seems like a good place for the quote.

            • JGS

              yes, but the quote was “I was elected to lead, not to read”

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Ah.

                My bad, a thousand pardons.

      • Steve B.

        Bravo, Joe Paw !!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Joe, apologize to Mike.

      • Steve B.

        NO, do NOT aplogize to Mike, Joe Paw !!….Mike should apologize to us for HATING “Seinfeld”…that’s the REAL crime. ;)

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      I’m just going to sit here and laugh.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

      I think I love you. Thank you so much for this comment.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Or in this case, Joe’s joke, but still.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Embedding (and bad drawing) FTW.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I notice that you’ve responded, but Axisa hasn’t.

        I assume it’s because he’s horribly, horribly hurt by Joe’s vicious and cruel words.

        • jsbrendog officially approves signing Fernando Tatis

          ITS THE RABpocalypse!11!11!11!11!11seriously!11!1!11wtf!11!1111!!!!!

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            This is the beginning of the end. RAB is going to be shut down within the month, and we’ll all have to wait for VH1’s Behind the Blogging special to see all the infighting and drug abuse that lead to the site’s downfall.

    • radnom

      Classic.

    • Thomas

      The RAB community can be summed up simply in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t44EAsLwGWA (safe)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I thought it was gonna be this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related (safe)

        • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

          That might simultaneously be the best and worst thing to have ever happened to mankind. It’s either that or “Pants on the Ground.”

          • Thomas

            I’m seeing a duet in the future between LT and the General.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Stiffarm the guys
              Stiffarm the guys
              Stiffarm the guys
              Stiffarm the guys
              Wave to your momma!
              Hi, momma!
              Say hi to the wife
              Say hi to the wife

            • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

              Add William Hung or Tay Zonday and we’ve got a potential chart-topping boy band.

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh. That’s all I can say

    • pete

      I don’t consider myself worthy enough to make a joke about this.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Go for it.

        BANGWAGON.

  • Steve B.

    OMG, Joe Paw !!…calling Mike Axisa a “schmuck” !!…nice. I agree.

    What can you expect from a guy who HATES “Seinfeld” ??

  • RollingWave

    i remember seeing Golson a few years back in ST games, he’s a freaking peice of human speciman that’s for sure, looks like a olympic sprinter on roids (you know, Michael Johnson) those guys in the booth were impressed simply by his look.

    It’s too bad he has no tools in this little thing called hitting a baseball.

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