Yankees offered to eat $4.5M of Ichiro’s salary in trade with Astros


According to information allegedly leaked from the Astros’ proprietary “Ground Control” database, the Yankees offered to eat $4.5M of Ichiro Suzuki‘s $6.5M salary in order to facilitate a trade with Houston at some point before the season. They also called to ask about a trade involving Chris Stewart before sending him to the Pirates. The leaked info was posted on Anonbin and dug up by Deadspin.

We heard the Yankees were willing to eat salary to move Ichiro all winter, so this isn’t a surprise. Now we just know exactly how much. More importantly, holy crap someone leaked a bunch of trade chatter from a team’s internal database. It reads like a fantasy league message board too — we’ll trade our okay veteran for your top prospect, stuff like that. Here’s the link again. Make sure you check it out. This kind of leak should never ever ever happen.

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  1. Well, the Astros have just caused massive problems.

  2. waldman's beard says:

    the phrase ” Ichiro Suzukiā€˜s $6.5M salary ” makes me throw up in my mouth a little

  3. Jerkface says:

    Interesting that Billy Eppler is the guy who seems to be the one doing contact on trades with HOU.

  4. Ed says:

    The Ichiro offer was March 18th, so during the middle of spring training.

  5. Mark Teixeddarda says:

    I think they’d have to eat the entire salary and pay additional money to these clubs before they’d take the following players – Ichiro, Soriano, CC Sabathia, Yangervis Solarte, Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Chase Whitley, David Huff, Shawn Kelley, Matt Thorton, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Vidal Nuno. That’s half of our roster that is just albatross contracts, .220 hitters, flashes in the pan and worthless 40 year olds.

    • The Great Gonzo says:


    • nyyankfan_7 says:

      Albatross contracts?

      Solarte, Whitley, Nuno & Huff all make the league minimum…..but hey nice try.

      • Chris says:

        Seriously. If they decided to “eat the entire salary” of CC, McCann, Ichiro, Beltran and Thornton, I am pretty sure they would not have to pay additional money. Don’t we only have one (fresh last week) 40 year old players on the roster. Mark Texwhaddeva, as Napoli said “what an idiot!”.

    • Jobu says:

      So Solarte has gone from franchise savior to albatross in 6 weeks? I didn’t realize that things had gotten so bad. I remember back in the good old days clubs use to be able to pay pre-arb players relatively small amounts of money and send them down to the minors if they couldn’t hack it in the bigs. The game has really changed.

  6. Andrew Brotherton says:

    I can’t believe they could have gotten Hanson from the Pirates and they didn’t immediately drive him to Houston

  7. vicki says:

    on october 22, jon daniels thought they were plenty deep at pitching. just goes to show.

  8. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I find some of the Sox stuff hilarious on here, for some odd reason. Oh no, you just can’t have Mike Carp without paying up. He means more to us than he means to you!

    Also, can we just give you former savior Ryan Lavarnway? Pretty please?

    Good thing we didn’t have Tanaka yet. Houston may have asked for him in exchange for Bud Noris.

  9. willie w says:

    everyone wants to make the next zambrano for kazmir trade

  10. Ethan says:

    I’m really surprised to see Brett Lawrie considered untouchable by the blue jays. He’s an average player taking up an offensive premium position. The fans here in toronto really like him but c’mon, that’s a terrible baseball decision.

  11. Dan Dookit says:

    How come the Yankees don’t have an awesome proprietary system like this one? Maybe that’s why CashMan is so bad at trading? Take some of that NYY Steak Money and put it into resources, sheesh.

    • RetroRob says:

      If they had it you would never know. Some teams love to talk about these type things, others don’t. The Yankees are in the latter.

      • I'm One says:

        But if they did, and word of it leaked out, someone from this site could hack it. Then we’d know everything they were thinking. It’d be so much fun! :-)

  12. Yanks says:

    Astros out there like Xander Bogaerts, Henry Owens, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, Ted Williams’s head, the rights to 2 World Series Championships, and Fenway Park for Bud Norris. I get asking high, but these trade proposals are just so damn ridiculous.

    • RetroRob says:

      In retrospect, the Red Sox perhaps should have traded Jackie Bradley for Norris. He’s gone from starting CFer and replacement for Ellsbury, to now being described as a “4th OFer.”

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