Yankees interested in Yunesky Maya

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Via MLBTR, the Yankees have interest in 28-year-old* Cuban defector Yunesky Maya, who is now free to sign with any team. Farm director Mark Newman will be on hand to watch the righthander work out in the Dominican Republic this Friday. Maya reportedly offers a fastball that touches 94, plus a slider, curveball, changeup, and sinking fastball. At least two independent sources confirmed that scouting report, which is better than nothing. He’s listed at 5-foot-11, 170 lbs. on the World Baseball Classic site, so he’s a tiny fella.

The Yankees will potentially have two openings in their rotation next year, but you’d think that they’d prefer a little more certainty in those spots. These Cuban guys tend to be hit or miss. I suspect another team will give him a clearer shot at a starting job, so the Yanks might have to overpay if they want to land him.

* you never really know with these Cuban players

Staying above water against the Rays
Game 40: Big night for A.J.
  • Mike HC

    El Duque finally turns 30 this year, right?

  • nathan

    Maya :: means unknown, uncertain, illusion in Indian.

    — I would say tread carefully

    // half kidding

    • TheLastClown

      It’s Hindi. There is no language called ‘Indian.’


      • nathan

        Thats true. I thought ‘Hindi/Sanskrit’ would go over everyone’s head.

        Good catch.

        • TheLastClown

          This is a pretty knowledgeable crowd. ‘S why I read & comment.

          • nathan

            Touche. My experience as a Yankee fan is enriched by reading some of the comments/articles here.

            RAB is like the 3rd website i visit as part of my morning ‘catch up with the news’ sites.

  • poster

    At best, what type of prospect is Maya?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The only thing that scares me is the 1st name.

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      Worst case scenario we can trade him to the Royals for Grienke in a year.

      Stick to the plan….

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        We might have to chip in 1 tool first baseman though. Maybe we can sign Mike Jacobs and include him in the deal. I’m sure he’s “the one that got away” to Dayton Moore.

        • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

          I say Melky + IPK should do it, maybe throw in a fringe prospect or two.


    • nathan

      And the Mets are interested, that should set alarm bells. If Omar the evaluator likes somebody, be careful.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    He’ll never succeed unless he learns to throw a gyroball.

  • ADam

    The Openings should go to
    1. Joba (Give him one full season to let it fly)
    2. Cliff Lee (If Andy Retires)

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      I would reverse those options pendiing Joba’s final numbbers this year. If he struggles this year (I certainly hope he doesn’t) I wouldn’t feel comfortable moving him to the rotation.

    • Jay

      Even if he doesn’t retire I think they should sign Lee.

    • yoo-boo

      No starting job for Joba. thats it.

  • yoo-boo

    I am against signing IFA pitching. It takes latin pitchers soooo long to reach MLB level as a Yankee. I may be okay with it as long as it is not 7 figure bonus. Drafting pitchers is cheaper.

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      He’s 28. I don’t think they’re think 5 years from now if they sign him.

  • yoo-boo

    If Beckett was not on DL today, would last game be replayed easily?

  • Ted Nelson

    Sounds like he’s worth a look. If they sign him soon and get him a 1/2 season in the minors, they’d have a better idea of whether he’s a candidate for one of those rotation spots. I don’t know how this guy compares to El Duque as a prospect/defector, but Orlando needed only 9 minor league appearances (in which he went 7-1 with a 1.27 whip) before becoming an effective major league starter.

    There’s also a chance the Yankees will need a starter this season between Javy’s early struggles, Hughes’ pitch count limit, and the possibility of injury. It would at least give them another option, and probably a relatively cheap one. Lee is going to cost 15-20 mill for several years, and even #3 starter types tend to command $10+ mill per as free agents.

    If they were to move Joba to the rotation at some point maybe this little guy is better off in relief… 5-11, 170 doesn’t sound much like an MLB starter. Depending on the price and odds he can be effective in the show, could be a good relief prospect. Hard to have too many good bullpen arms.