Jul
29

Scouting The Trade Market: Jeff Samardzija

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Even after acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs and getting Derek Jeter back from the DL, the Yankees figure to focus primarily on adding offense in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline. They still need help at third base and a platoon partner for Lyle Overbay, plus an upgrade behind the plate is in order as well. The lineup has improved quite a bit over the last week, but there is still more work to be done.

That said, starting pitching has been an issue of late as well. The team’s starters have allowed at least four runs ten times in 24 games this month, including seven times in the last 14 games. CC Sabathia has been bad for two months and a disaster of late, Andy Pettitte has struggled since coming off the DL, and Phil Hughes continues to be up and (mostly) down. Hiroki Kuroda is as good as it gets and Ivan Nova has been excellent of late, but having two reliable starting pitchers is no way to go through life.

I wrote about the idea of adding a starting pitcher at the trade deadline not too long ago, and remember, the Yankees will need an arm or three for next year as well. At the moment, the projected rotation for 2014 is Sabathia, Nova, David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Michael Pineda, and that’s unlikely to take them anywhere meaningful. Adding a starter who can help them both down the stretch this year as well as next season and beyond sure seems like something worth exploring.

On Saturday, Ken Rosenthal reported the Cubs are listened to offers for right-hander Jeff Samardzija in advance of the non-waiver deadline. The 28-year-old former Notre Dame star (as a wide receiver) has found a home in Chicago’s rotation these last two years, but the rebuilding Cubbies are willing to turn him into prospects if the right deal comes along — the “asking price (is) high, as expected,” hears Rosenthal. Does the one they affectionately call Shark make sense for the Yankees? Let’s break it down.

The Pros

  • After going up and down and working primarily out of the bullpen earlier in his career, Samardzija has pitched to a 3.87 ERA and 3.60 FIP as a starter the last two years. That includes a 3.94 ERA and 3.66 FIP in 21 starts this season. He’s averaged a solid 6.1 innings per start.
  • Samardzija’s strikeout rate as a starter is excellent. He’s at 9.21 K/9 and 24.5 K% since the start of 2012 (9.13 K/9 and 24.0 K% this year), including a very good 22.9 K% against non-pitchers. Samardzija’s 24.1% (!) swing-and-miss rate since last season is the ninth best among qualified starters, just behind Clayton Kershaw (24.2%).
  • In addition to the strikeouts, his ground ball rate is trending upward. Samardzija has a very good 48.1% grounder rate this year, up from 44.6% last year and 41.0% the year before. (He was in the bullpen in 2011). Strikeouts and grounders are a great combination.
  • As you probably guessed, Samardzija has nasty, nasty stuff. Among qualified starters, both his two-seamer (94.7 mph) and four-seamer (95.0 mph) have the third highest average velocity since the start of last year (only Stephen Strasburg and David Price are better), and he holds it keep into games. He also throws a low-90s cutter, a mid-80s splitter, and a low-to-mid-80s slider. The slider is his top secondary pitch.
  • Being a star football player for the Irish and an Opening Day starter for the Cubs are not exactly low-profile experiences. Samardzija knows all about being the center of attention and dealing with the media and all that.
  • Samardzija will earn $2.64M this year and is under team control as an arbitration-eligible player in both 2014 and 2015. He’ll be relatively cheap these next two years and the team will have the flexibility to non-tender him if push comes to shove.

The Cons

  • Although his walk rate these last two years is solid (3.12 BB/9 and 8.3 BB%), Samardzija went from a 2.89 BB/9 and 7.8 BB% last year to a 3.42 BB/9 and 9.0 BB% this year. He is prone to those ugly four and five-walk starts from time to time.
  • Samardzija is kinda homer prone. Since moving into the rotation last year, he has a 1.01 HR/9 and 12.7% HR/FB rate. He also has a bit of a platoon split, holding righties to a .291 wOBA (3.04 FIP) while lefties have put up a .307 wOBA (3.80 FIP). Not a huge difference, at least in terms of end results, but a difference nonetheless.
  • His track record is very limited even though he’s spent parts of six years in the show. Samardzija has yet to crack 175 innings in the season (only two seasons with more than 100 innings) and who knows how (or if) he’ll hold up for 200+ innings annually with his more-than-moderate-effort delivery. He’ll also turn 29 next January, so he’s young but not a spring chicken. Thirty is right around the corner.
  • Samardzija is out of options and can’t be sent to the minors without first passing through waivers. Not a huge deal at this point, but it does limit flexibility if things go wrong.

The Yankees love physically big pitchers, and Samardzija is listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 lbs. on the Cubs’ official site. It’s also worth noting that pitching coach Larry Rothschild knows the right-hander from his time with the Cubs, though the fact that Samardzija broke out after Rothschild left town might be an indication the two didn’t work well together. Samardzija was also David Phelps’ teammate for a year at Notre Dame. The Yankees do have some inside info at their disposal.

Given their lack of upper level pitching prospects and an utter inability to develop high-end starters, trading for Samardzija might be the best chance for the Yankees to add an impact starter to their rotation at a reasonable financial price. It’ll cost more than a few quality prospects to acquire him, but his unique career path means there aren’t many comparable trades we can reference. Two and a half years of an above-average but not elite starter closing in on 30 with only one full year in the rotation to his credit? Don’t see many deals involving those guys.

Samardzija has not made much, if any, improvement from 2012 to 2013 outside of his ground ball rate. He’s really good right now, but I don’t think it’s safe assumption that he’ll continue to improve as he gains more experience just because he was awesome stuff. And it is awesome — legit bat-missing power stuff that would play just fine in the rough and tough AL East. Samardzija might just be another A.J. Burnett, the guy who looks like he should be an ace but continues to fall short of that performance level. That’s not a bad thing, mind you. Burnett’s had a pretty damn good career.

Anyway, if I had a pitcher like Samardzija in this current market — it’s a seller’s market, prices are high — I’d want four young players back, at minimum. A top prospect, a second top-100 type of prospect, a third quality piece, and a fourth lower-level lottery ticket type. A bit more than the Cubs got for Matt Garza despite Samardzija’s lack of track record because of the two extra years of team control. Even if he “only” winds up as a good number three starter, the Yankees could definitely use a pitcher like a Samardzija, who at least offers a chance to blow up and become an ace.

Categories : Trade Deadline
  • SDB

    Samardzija’s a good talent, but this isn’t the time to be reaching for pitchers.

    If they get rid of Hughes and need more pitching reinforcements, I’d like to give Phelps a chance to slot back in the rotation, and call up Pineda. And hope that Nuno gets healthy soon.

    • trr

      Not quite sold on Nuno yet, but we need a longer look.
      They seem to want to be very cautious with Pineda.
      Will we see him at all this year?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, I think, minimum, you see him in September.

  • Wayne

    He is another Jeff weaver victor zambrano type player. You don’t give up a depaula or Ramirez for this type of guy. No freaking way!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ramirez and Depaula will be broken, injured, and made to have sex with horses by Wednesday anyway.

    • mitch

      I don’t get the Jeff Weaver comparison. The Zambrano comp is pretty good, but that’s a compliment toward Samardzija in my opinion. Zambrano was one of the better pitchers in the league for like 7 years in a row. I’d glady give up a top prospect for that sort of production.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s Wayne’s World.

      • FIPster Doofus

        You’re thinking of Carlos Zambrano. He said Victor. Then again, he probably meant Carlos.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He actually may have meant Victor, which would be an interesting and damning comp for to make.

      • John S.

        You’re thinking of the wrong Zambrano. He said Victor Zambrano which isn’t a very good comp. Carlos Zambrano is the one your talking about.

  • Tim

    So, you’re talking, Sanchez, Austin, Kahnle and Gumbs, maybe? Or Williams, Heathcott, Ramirez and Montgomery?

    • JMK

      That sounds about right. Too high a price if you ask me. And I’m not prospect hugger.

  • 28 this year

    Sanchez, Williams/Austin, Phelps, Bryan Mitchell in the ballpark? I could live with something like this. If Sanchez could be replaced, that woudl be ideal but I think this is the minimum to get something like this done and even then, not really sure it would work.

  • LK

    I’d love to have him, but the cost will probably be very high. They do need to add a starter for 2014 though, and free agency is pretty barren. This could represent the best chance at an impact starter.

    • trr

      Agree, if they do make this move, it would impact 2014 more.
      Question is, what price?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Just not seeing where paying in prospects for a pitcher whose value is higher than his track record makes sense right now. Nice guy to have on your team. Wrong moment in time.

    That’s a lot of hair to cut.

  • JLC 776

    It’s never too early to think about the 2014 rotation, which, at the moment, looks to be built of hopes and prayers.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Frankly if this were a “rebuild” move and not a “we are going for it in 2013″ move, I’d feel better about it. As such, the Yanks would replenish the prospect cupboard after this deal by dealing their own tradeworthy chips.

  • JLC 776

    Dude looks exactly like Chris Kluwe.

    • Gonzo

      I was thinking of Guy Fawkes for some reason.

      • JLC 776

        That’s a strong one, too.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I was in Wrigley a few weeks ago he was throwing batting practice to the Angels. He made Pujols look 10 years younger, Trout look 5 years older and Hamilton look like the Bionic Man.

  • NYYROC

    Funny how when AJ, Samardzia, even Nova (in AAA working with Aldred) get away from LR, they improve.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Boversimplification.

      • NYYROC

        True, but maybe not coincidence. Can’t seem to straighten out CC, Andy, PH, Joba etc. Best pitchers are Kuroda, who probably doesn’t understand a word LR says, Nova (Aldred) and Mo, who has forgotten more about pitching than LR will ever know.

    • 28 this year

      Funny how the team’s K rate and BB rate improve with LR. Maybe he doesn’t work for everyone but he certainly has had an impact in the positive direction.

  • Vern Sneaker

    This guy isn’t worth even one high-value prospect, IMO.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Sorry, too expensive, doesn’t guarantee a post-season spot or meaningful playoff run, & the club has too many holes to fill for this to make sense. Play it out the rest of ’13 & evaluate over the winter what the team has & what it will need to compete in ’14 & beyond.

    A bit off topic but the impending Cano F/A hangs over every other decision the club needs to make. Will he or won’t he be here next year, & if he’s here, at what cost? IMO, They should be committed to resigning Robbie but only at a doable price. Seven years at around $140M (max $150M) should be about it (average out at $20M per or so) or thereabouts. If absolutely necessary, they can go to a mutually acceptable option of an 8th year thrown in depending on health, production, etc. If that doesn’t get it done & Robbie’s side insists on breaking the bank, it would probably be in the Yankee’s long term best interests to then deal him in August for two quality cost controlled prospects/players rather than settling for the one draft pick they’d get next June.

    If ownership wants to be taken seriously, they have to set a price parameter for Robbie & then stick to it. Pedroia’s new deal in Boston may not set the market, but it does reflect the realities of the economy as it exists in 2013. Cano is the best player on this club, but imo, he gets as much from being a Yankee as they do from having him here. Robbie has a chance to be a lifetime Yankee & for a return that guarantees him & his family they’ll never have worry about dough again. If he opts out & goes anywhere else, even if he stays healthy & plays well, he risks a similar post-Yankee career as Alfonso Soriano has had. I think he likes playing on the big stage & should accept a great but not bank breaking deal to insure he continues here for his career. If they can’t get it done, then like I said, they have to deal him while they can still get something commensurate for him.

    Regardless, take a pass on Samardzija.

    • BrianC.

      Please no ridiculous contracts for Robbie. He deserves a big payday, but please no 7-8 years. He is the best 2nd baseman in the game, but it’s not like he hits .350 with 50HR’s.

      • Wolfgang’s Fault

        Then you probably have to say goodbye Robbie. He’s not going to want to go through F/A agin at 35 or 36. He gets his 7 (8 w/an option probably), or you’ve gotta deal him now.

  • LarryM Fl

    We can’t develop or do not have the patience to develop pitching. 2014 is a rebuild year IMHO just too many holes to fill. I’d say no to this trade especially based on the price and his noted great stuff. We have our Mr. Hughes who had great stuff but never developed the out pitch who pitches batting practice for the most part every 5th day.

    I would look for the third baseman/corner OF glove and bat. I assume Granderson comes back to finish 2013. Arod is serving his suspension through 2014 and never wears pinstripes again. Our OF is set with Gardner running from left to right non stop covering for our senior OFers.

    We have catching talent and OF talent that could be here in 2014 and 2015. So I’m comfortable with the rebuild if its a sincere rebuilding project. If Cano goes to FA and signs with another team then more money to use in search of a second baseman. Lillinbridge is no Cano at the plate or in the field but he’s adequate. This will not be pretty but could be promising. Other teams give their kids a good shot to make their way. Tampa Bay makes trades and puts their kids in the field because they have little or no choice. Maybe the Yanks should stop chasing the dream of the almighty ring every year and regroup on occasion. It maybe refreshing to see young talent under control except the multi year contract handed out at mega bucks to the 30+ year old.

    • sas

      You’re are nuts if you think the Yankees are going to rebuild. Too much money wrapped up in this organization. You might get 10k a game. Stop living in a fantasy world.

      • mitch

        Agreed. The Yankees are not going to act like Tampa because they don’t have to. There’s no reason they can’t remain competitive and develop some young players at the same time. The reason we haven’t seen young, cost-controlled talent recently is because they have drafted and developed poorly. It’s been a while since they traded a top prospect for a short term fix.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Some talent actually was traded away in the interim as well, with the only short-term fix really being Tabata going in the Nady/Marte deal. Tabata, Jackson, and what was thought to be the suriest of sure things in Montero came through this system. We love to swat those away easily because they don’t fit the narrative.

          Other than that, though, yeah, some misfires, and those misfires came at a period in which we already knew the team needed to start getting strong position players into the system following getting some strong pitching into the system.

          I still wonder how we’re going to feel about the position talent in the minors one year from this date.

          The absolute possible worst message they could send right now is one of a lack of belief in a team that’s gotten them 2.5 games out of playoff spot…and it’s almost AUGUST. They were supposed to have died off in May.

        • LarryM Fl

          Yes, this a price to pay when you make the playoffs 18 years consecutively because of FA signings to long term deals. You sometimes can not draft until the second round and late. So the talent level is weaker.

          My reference to Tampa Bay was their patience with a younger player getting consistent playing time. Jeter was last guy who got consistent playing time. The Yanks wanted to trade MO away.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’d say Gardner was the last guy.

            • JMK

              And Melky before him.

      • LarryM Fl

        No I not nuts but if you believe next year will be better than this year than your mistaken. My approach is to take the opportunity and give some younger talent a shot at consistent play such as Murphy /Sanchez when they played AAA for a year. Heathcote and Austin. There are four guys who may have some potential to give the Yanks a shot in the arm. I know the Yanks will never rebuild totally they don’t have. Next year if Arod is suspended the Yanks salary is about 100 million. You can get some good players with the remaining funds. Just don’t trade away the better chips chasing the so called ring when its not doable.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m starting to feel like Brett Lillibridge’s abilities are being a bit overstated on here. I’m not even sure he’s better than Jayson Nix.

      • Gonzo

        He’s so good, he was Ozzie’s closer in Chicago at one point.

      • LarryM Fl

        I like him defensively. He does get his bat on the ball but obviously not enough to stick with one club so I’m overstating that aspect but he is like a Nix.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I like him too, but he is what he is. He’s a 25th man type. He’s a Suzyn Waldman kind of guy. If he’s your starter, something’s gone wrong.

          I wasn’t a huge fan of keeping him up over Adams, but this team likes to preserve depth by having the guy with options ride the shuttle until you’re sure you don’t need the guy you’d have to DFA.

    • nsalem

      Offensively Lillibridge is nowhere near adequate.

  • sas

    A guy who is almost 30 and has yet to crack over 175 innings? Mike is getting more ridiculous with his trade proposals. Plus this guy is a total velocity pitcher. Even a mph off his fastball and he’ll be below replacement level.

  • Duh Injuries

    So he’s a poor man’s Sabathia.

    Sorry, not good enough.

    Hughes, Nova, and Phelps to Seattle for Felix Hernandez. Seattle also get a first-round pick if they offer Hughes the $14M qualifying offer and he turns it down.

    Seattle’s front four for the rest of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 could be Iwakujma/Hughes/Nova/Phelps. Saunders, Harang, Maurer, Bonderman, or someone else could be the fifth starter.

    Hernandez/Sabathia/Kuroda/Pettitte/Nuno (R/L/R/L/L), Warren, or Pineda would be the Yanks rotation for the rest of 2013.

    Hernandez pitches the wildcard game and Game 3 of the ALDS, Kuroda pitches Games 1 and 5 of the ALDS, Sabathia Game 2, Pettitte Game 4.
    The ALCS rotation is Kuroda Games 1 and 5, Sabathia Games 2 and 6, Hernandez Games 3 and 7, Pettitte Game 4.

    2014 Yankees rotation:

    1. Hernandez signed through 2020
    2. Kuroda re-signed for 2014 only assuming he wants only a year again and $20M ($5M raise used with salary cleared from re-signing Pettitte cheap.)
    3. Sabathia signed through 2016
    Two from Pettitte (re-signed for 2014 only and no more than $3M a $9M savings), Nuno, Warren, Pineda, and a minor-league signee in the 4-5.

    • mitch

      I like the trade proposal, but I’d probably require that Seattle throw in Kyle Seager as well. Maybe pick up some of Hernandez’s contract too.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I want Space Needle and a box of salmon.

        • Pseudoyanks

          Make it Salmon Jerky and it’s a deal.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Travels better.

            • Pseudoyanks

              Exactly, but the proper response was…
              “It travels better, and stop calling me Jerky.”

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I’ve been called worse on here. I didn’t even notice.

      • Gonzo

        I somehow want both Seager brothers in the deal as well Pete Seeger’s remains and Bob Seger.

    • Greg

      this could be the most ridiculous offer ever. Hughes (worthless), Phelps (#5 maybe) and Nova (4 good starts) for one of the top pitchers in the game? Why not ask for Kershaw? Hey, Verlander’s having a middling year, why not ask for him?

      • Gonzo

        You forgot about the non-existent draft pick, but maybe the M’s will forget about that rule!

        • Pseudoyanks

          I can’t believe you just wrote that on a public forum. You know they read this, don’t you? Now they’ll never make this trade.

          • Gonzo

            FUUUUNKKKKKK!!!!!

            I’m so stupid!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I wouldn’t worry. DI is considered to be beyond reproach. He’s like a young Bob Costas.

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m actually ahead of ya on this one Mike. I heard them talkig about Samardzija being available on a pregame show the other day and wrote about it on here. I mentioned that we could possibly trade for Jeff, and also sign Garza, and have a top 4 in our rotation next yr of Michael Pineda, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, and Ivan Nova, and obviously CC Sabathia rounds it out. To me, that is a deep solid rotation, and on any given day, any of them can shut down any team.

    I’d be very interestd in Samardzija, and its very hard to get young dependable pitching with still a bit of upside(i believe).

    I’m all for it, if we could do it for Ty Austin, JR Murphy, Jose Ramirez, and Greg Bird or something.

    • Oy

      I doubt two borderline top 100 prospects, a 23 year old with a 4.88 ERA in AAA, and a guy who will most likely end up as a AAAA is enough for two and a half cheap years of an elite starter.

      If I’m Theo, I want Sanchez, two of Heathcott/Williams/Austin and a pitcher like Banuelos/Campos.

      • nycsportzfan

        I woulden’t think about Ramirez’s ERA at Triple AAA quite yet. Hes only 23yrs old getting his first taste and has much bigger upside then his ERA in Trip AAA indicates. Austin and Murphy are solid prospects, and Austin is seen by many, as the Yanks top prospect overall. Hes having a down yr, but he still has time to get that luster back, and Bird is a former 5th rd pick, whos raking, and its not like your talking a 20th rder or something, 5th rders do in fact make it and he is legit offensively.

        I think its a fair package, but if they want to tweak it a bit, then i’d be fine with that as well. Maybe take out Bird, and put Claiborne in there or something.

  • sas

    BTW Mike, most of baseball has the inability to develop high end starters. Unless you get lucky with a high draft pick like Harvey or Price. Look at the guy you are talking about! It took years for the Cubs to even get him to be a decent pitcher and he might be a mid rotation guy. The Yanks already have that with Hughes and Nova with Phelps a solid back end guy.

    You are starting to get real annoying. Like Steve Lombardi was.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The Lombardi-bomb gets dropped.

    • nycsportzfan

      i disagree. Samardzija can beat anyone on any given day, and hes only 28. Don’t forget this guy was a 1st rd type prospect in Football, so didn’t go 100pct on just baseball untill he was in his 20′s. His last 3seasons, hes had all sub 4ERAs. He can start or pitch outta the pen , and has been alot more consistent then Phil Hughes has been. Phil Hughes coulden’t dream of a sub 4 ERA as a starter 2yrs in a row. Samardzjia has swing and miss stuff as well.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Theo is gonna want a ton for a talented, young, cheap starter. Do the Yankees even have the chips to get this guy?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      ….and is he truly worth what Theo’s going to ask for?

      • Bubba

        How about no

      • mitch

        price is obviously the key. I don’t think he’s a “give-up-the-farm” type of player, but he young and good enough where i wouldn’t be against giving up a pretty highly ranked prospect

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Exactly. The Yankees aren’t exactly 1 starting pitcher away from being set for the next couple of years. They need to hit the lottery and develop several prospects to plug their many holes.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I don’t know if I make a deal that large for a pitcher right now and, even if I would, I’m not sure this is the guy. Not enough maintained success for me.

        • Oy

          Shark is exactly the pitcher Yankees need in the long run. Most young pitchers no longer hit the market, who are the top options for 2014? Garza, Ervin Santana and Josh Johnson? Shark is better than all of them. If you look forward to 2015, you’ll see Kershaw and Scherzer, but I would bet a large sum of money that neither will hit the market.

          I’d have no issues giving up Sanchez, Williams, Ramirez and whatever top 15-20 prospects Theo wants. He will probably want more, and other teams will make better offers. Boston or Orioles would blow Yanks away.

    • Mac

      Yes, clearly they do. Not sure if joking.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Samardzija is the only one of Brady Quinn’s teammates from Notre Dame to have a better career in professional sports than Quinn without playing in the NFL.

  • emac2

    No way.

    I wouldn’t trade for a pitcher at all. I would give Kuroda the qualifying offer and be very happy with Pineda, CC, Nova, Nuno and Phelps if he says no.

    Big money and a bunch of prospects for a number 3 coming from the NL?

    Just because?

    • Oy

      You would be happy going into 2014 with a kid who’s coming of a career changing surgery and has yet to pitch above 5 innings in AAA this year, a guy who now looks like a league average innings eater, a AAAA player, and Nova and Phelps who have roller coaster track records?

      and LOL at Sharky being a number 3.

    • http://yes mark

      EMAC2 IS RITE. IF THE YANKEES ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE THEN THEY NEED TO TRADE CANO AND HUGHES AND J.R MURPHY OR JOBA TO ARIZONA FOR CHRIS OWINGS,ANDREW CHAFIN, AND MATT DAVIDSON THAT WOULD LOCK UP THE LEFTSIDE OF THE INFIELD FOR YEARS.LIKE MACHADO(20YRS OLD)IN BALTIMORE.THE YANKEES HAVE TO STOP DEPENDING ON OLD WASHED UP PLAYERS.GIVE THESE KIDS A CHANCE.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        WHY IS YOUR COMMENT ALL IN CAPS BUT YOU DONT EVEN CAPITALIZE YOUR NAME THAT MAKES NO SENSE

  • OldYanksFan

    Beware: Aside from pitching in the NL, he pitches in the worst division in MLB. He has fattened up on bottom feeders.

    We can rank on Phil all we like, but he is pitching in the hardest division, and in a stadium that is terrible for him. Even with this shitty lineup, I bet we could fatten up if we played 70 games against the NL Central.

    We need ERA and OPS stats on DIVISIONS.
    Not all Divisions are created equal.

    • NYYROC

      Agreed. PH’s splits are eye-opening. Road 3-2, 3.02, HR 6. Home 1-7, 6.02, HR 14 and on and on. Needs to get outta NY ASAP.

  • Jacob the OG

    Good pitcher and I would love to have him but I still think 3rd base and Catcher (or just offense in general) is a more needed piece unless the F/O gives in and start building for next year.

    With that being said though I am going to try my sucky trade offer:

    Top prospect: Heathcott

    Second top 100 type guy: Jose Ramirez (I saw a bunch of lists saying he was right outside the top 100)

    Solid piece: Ben Gamel

    Lottery Ticket type: Gumbs? Refsnyder? Cave?

    I actually think the second should probably be a Mlb ready pitcher so maybe Warren or Marshall. Thought maybe I would give it a shot for fun

  • Stan the Man

    JS isn’t much better than Hughes if he is better at all, so why would he command top prospects in a trade? Hughes for JS would make sense but JS isn’t a stud and shouldn’t require a stud return.

    • LarryM Fl

      Exactly, we as Yankee fans covet other players and will over pay for a JS when he maybe no better than St. Phil.

  • Greg

    armchair GM’s. Gosh. Maybe if we throw in Culver and Bichette Epstein will just jump all over to trade this guy to us.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Culver and Bichette for Felix Hernandez.

      • LarryM Fl

        There you go that is a trade Seattle would be crazy to ignore. But do not mention Nunez.

  • Mac

    I think this is a little fantasy league GMing and not particularly practical. Another in a long line of posts coveting a lot of guys not in a Yankee uniform and bashing those in a Yankee uniform. Close to an ERA of 4 in the NL Central is probably well into the 4s in the AL East, and I am not as big a believer in the league switch stuff as many others.

    I also don’t see the Yankees loving big Ps stuff. Most Ps tend to be big guys. The Yankees bring in a lot of small guys, though, and seem to have exploited a market inefficiency there in recent years. Guys like Banuelos and a bunch of their good RP pipeline including Robertson, Goody, Black, etc. are all very small in stature.

  • Mike

    Kuroda is clearly the number 1 starter in the Yankee rotation. Lately Nova has been better then CC and Andy. Hughes on the road is probably better or at least equal to CC and Andy. A case can be made that when Phelps returns he deserves to start in place of one of the two. Because of reputation the Yankees will never replace CC and Andy so what good is getting another starter for this year.

  • Wayne

    Jose Ramirez will be way better than samardiza. He has a fastball and a changeups. And you don’t necessarily need a breaking ball if you have a fastball and changeup. You give him another season I think he will be up here by next July. Just let him finish in aa for the rest of the year. He will probably the best pitcher coming out of spring training next season if he is still around. Plus Samardiza is five years older.
    When I said Zambrano I meant just what I said victor. Their bodies may be different but they seem like pitchers in their late twenties that are a bit overated at the same point of their career. The only guys who have developed to be dominant that late in their careers were cliff lee randy Johnson and I believe Steve Carlton with the phillies from what I read. And he does not appear remotely like any of those in potential. Realize this is all conjecture so don’t take it to heart it’s just an opinion.