Rosenthal: Yanks unlikely to pursue a catcher

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Even with Jorge Posada dealing with a Baker’s cyst and Frankie Cervelli hitting .195/.273/.293 in his last 131 plate appearances, the Yankees are not going to pursue a catcher before Saturday’s trade deadline according to Ken Rosenthal. They have depth at the position in the form up Chad Moeller and Jesus Montero, and frankly there are no attractive catchers on the trade market anyway. I suppose they could look at someone like Chris Snyder while employing Posada as a full-time designated hitter, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Rosenthal also mentions that the Yanks want Adam Dunn but aren’t confident that they’ll be able to land him, and the asking price for bullpen help remains high. Go figure.

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  • CS Yankee

    Is Ken Rosenthal and Mr. Obvious the same person?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      No. Mr. Obvious, at 4’6″, has about 4 inches on Rosenthal.

      • Pat D

        Dustin Pedroia is Mr. Obvious?

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          No, Dustin’s real name is J.J. Keebler.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    How about trading a catcher? If their are truly teams out there that like Cervelli, could they trade him and also bring in a veteran guy to help out?

    • CS Yankee

      Cervelli is the next Posada.

      Sincerely,
      Jorge Posada

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    What’s the absolute most you guys think the Yankees should give for Dunn?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Austin Romine. If it’s him then only Romine and fringe prospects.

      • RL

        Way too much. Dunn is a rental and doesn’t want to strictly DH. Z-Mac or someone of that level. No more. (and maybe going down by the hour).

      • Steve O.

        Romine isn’t going anywhere. He’s seen as the Yanks future catcher.

    • Teix is the man

      I personally would not give up more than McAllister, Laird, and mayve one other prospect. In hindsight, those guys may be just as valuable to the Nationals as the two comp picks.

    • Ross in Jersey

      He’s a few month rental at this point so.. not much. The Nationals want the world for him though, so I don’t see it happening.

    • Steve O.

      I think TSJC said it best yesterday: “I’ll give the Nats any two guys from the Nova/Noesi/Phelps/Warren/McAllister/Adams/Nuñez/Laird/CoJo/Miranda grab bag they like. Maybe three if push comes to shove.”

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-994687

      • Reggie C.

        I too would cough up 3 of those prospects if the idea was to avoid Dunn hitting FA and give him a 3 yr extension. Doing so would also commit the Yanks to keep Montero’s development at catcher going. It’d definitely create interesting platoon situations at that position.

        • Steve O.

          I’d rather have the rental if he’s reportedly looking for 4 years-60MM.

          • Brad Toughy

            He didn’t get that last time around, so I don’t see him getting that now that he’s two years older and still terrible defensively.

    • A.D.

      Couple of starters from the Nova/Warren/Noesi/ZMac/Phelps/Mitchell bunch.

      • A.D.

        The non Romine & Montero hitters are also fine to add.

        • Guest

          Add Sanchez and Heathcott to that list of hitters who shouldn’t move for Dunn.

  • Scott Hiller

    Don’t want Chris Snyder. Just go get a reliever.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Easier said than done.

  • Steve O.

    I wouldn’t mind getting John Buck, but if Anthopolous truly wants Montero or Chamberlain for Downs, then he probably wants Austin Romine and Hector Noesi for Buck. Very cost-prohibitive to say the least.

  • Zack

    I just want a back up catcher who can throw out a runner, if we’re not going to get anything from the bat anyways then I’d rather not see the Rays steal 15 bases against them in the playoffs.

    • RL

      I’d hope we don’t have a backup catcher playing against the Rays in the playoffs!

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      playing Posada in the playoffs >>> playing some backup catcher who can’t hit but can throw out the Rays on the basepaths

      • Steve O.

        This.

        Although I can see Girardi playing Cervelli for his defense, which would be idiotic.

        • Zack

          If Miranda/Thames aren’t getting the job done in Aug/Sept, I’m all for DH’ing Posada.
          Runners are 80 for 97 on our catchers, letting them run at will in the playoffs, where runs are a premium, would be idiotic.

    • Big Juan

      The best remedy for stolen bases is good starting pitching, something the Yankees have.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    I want Adam Dunn too.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Chances of Montero being called up by Sunday??

    • Pat D

      .05%

    • Eric

      0%. I don’t think we see Montero get called up at all this year, maybe during September though, when teams can expand their rosters.

  • Pat D

    Jerry Crasnick tweeted that the Yankees are one of a few times to have “kicked the tires” on Willie Bloomquist.

    Not sure he’s an upgrade over Pena.

    • Tim

      Willie Bloomquist is quite possibly the worst regular player in the entire major leagues. And quite possibly one of the 10 worst overall players in the major leagues. He isn’t an upgrade over me.

    • Mattchu12

      My hopes are that Rami will grow to be a Willie type player.

  • Jorge

    Feel free to talk me off this ledge:

    Instead of paying way too much for one-dimensional Adam Dunn, I think it actually would be smarter for the Yankees just hit “reset” on the 2010 DH situation and make a smaller offer on Matsui.

    • Carlosologist

      No. Matsui has a .251/.332/.422 slash line and a 102 OPS+.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      That’s not a ledge, that’s just… no. And how is Adam Dunn “one-dimensional,” because he can only hit and can’t field (no argument there)? Because Matsui is known for his excellent fielding, obviously?

    • A.D.

      He’s rocking an OPS+ of 102, plus it would still cost something to acquire him, and he’s even more one-dimensional, so no thanks.

    • Mister Delaware

      Isn’t power + patience atleast 2 dimensions?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Hating baseball is the third.

        /Riccardi’d

        • Mister Delaware

          But can’t he cancel that out, atleast partially, by the added locker room value of looking quite a bit like Will Farrell?

    • B-Rando

      It seems to me that the angels think theyre contenders. The Dan Haren move was definitely an improvement over this year and for the future. I don’t think they would want to trade Matsui, thats just my opinion though.

      • vin

        Word on the street now is that with the Pineiro injury and recent losing streak they MAY become sellers.

        I can see the Yanks picking Matsui up – only if he actually wants to come back. Then I can see the Angels doing the right thing for an upstanding veteran and trading him to the Yanks for a reduced package. However, his situation is unique in that he generates significant international revenue for the team. Not sure if that could play into it.

        • First of the Mo-hicans

          Word is the Angels might make Maicer Izturis available, and perhaps he’d make some sense if you could pick him up without giving up too much. He’d be an upgrade over Pena, I would suspect, although I haven’t looked at that dude’s numbers. He seems like he can at least play a bunch of positions.

          • Mister Delaware

            Maybe they’ll sell Haren. I’m still annoyed about that whole thing.

        • B-Rando

          Ah, i see. It seems like they cut some pieces loose if they do indeed think theyre out of it.

      • Brien Jackson

        I wouldn’t use the Haren trade as evidence of the Angels plans. Given that he’s got 3 years left on the deal (counting the option) it just means the Angels had a chance to acquire a good starter at a good price and took it. They still might sell off some pieces, given that their odds of catching Texas and Boston/Tampa are pretty low.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Yep. That’s not a “win now” deal. It’ll help them this year, but it also helps them in the years to come. Weaver/Haren/Santana is a really nice front three, I think.

  • Jobu

    I see your rumor Rosenthal and raise you the following:

    The Yankees are unlikely to pursue a shortstop before Saturday’s trade deadline.

    Your move Ken.

    • Chris0313

      Ken Rosenthal: “The Yankees are unlikely to pursue a second baseman before Saturday’s trade deadline. They feel Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez could fill in nicely if necessary.”

      Your move.

      • V

        “Word on the street is that the Yankees would be willing to deal a package centered around Joba Chamberlain if it landed them Felix Hernandez or Tim Lincecum.”