Around the trade deadline yesterday, as Scott Proctor packed up his stuff and headed west, everyone assumed Proctor was traded because of his inconsistent pitching. He had after all allowed 20 baserunners in this last 10.1 IP and 40 over his last 28.2 IP. It’s amazing he hadn’t been hit harder.
But what if the Yankees traded Scott Proctor to protect the team from Joe Torre? That’s why Tyler Kepner intimates here:
On July 8, the day before the All-Star Game break, the Yankees led the Angels by 10 runs when Scott Proctor was sent in to pitch the eighth inning. To the Yankees’ decision makers, this was an obvious sign that Manager Joe Torre would probably always favor Proctor over a pitcher just up from the minors, no matter how promising that pitcher seemed.
So when the trading deadline arrived at 4 p.m. yesterday, the Yankees took away Torre’s go-to reliever, shipping Proctor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the utility infielder Wilson Betemit.
At the time, that was Proctor’s fourth appearance in a span of six days, and it was an unnecessary one for sure.
Now, if what Kepner writes is true – that is, if the Yankee braintrust has figured out that Joe Torre’s bullpen management is actually hurting the arms of the relievers – why is the solution to trade the reliever in question? Wouldn’t a better solution be to root out the problem?
Steve Lombardi today notes that, increasingly, coverage of Joe Torre makes him sound like a lame duck manage. I couldn’t agree more. When your manager is hurting your team, it’s time for him to go.
Author’s Note: I could have sworn another blogger noted this last night, but I couldn’t find that post this morning. If anyone has it, drop me an e-mail, and I’ll add the appropriate hat tip.
Turns out it could have happened. Take it away, Pete Abraham:
It seems the Yankees could have gotten rid of Krazy Kyle. Atlanta was willing to trade the Yankees Bob Wickman but wanted all $7.1 million of Farnsworth’s salary. That was a no deal for Cashman.I still would have done it. · (11) ·
A few hours after the press caught a glimpse the 2008 All Star logo, the Yankees held another unveiling ceremony for the 53,958 fans in attendance at last night’s game. While the fireworks would come later in the form of a whopping eight home runs by the Yanks, the logo unveiling was pretty cool.
As I had a great view of the unveiling sitting in Tier Reserve Section 1, I snapped a whole bunch of photos of the event. The slideshow below shows the pomp and circumstance or you can just check out this album on Picasa.
Triple-A Scranton (3-1 loss to Richmond)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Justin Christian: 1 for 4
Erubiel Durazo: 0 for 2 — the clock is ticking…
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4
Eric Duncan: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K
Mighty Matt; 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K — there he goes with those walks again (not that he ever stopped)
Colter Bean: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K — with all the guys returning from the DL, you’d have to think he’s a goner…
Edwar: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K — still sporting a 0.57 AAA ERA
Okay, we all know the Yanks aren’t going to follow my advice. But seriously, there are some moves that you just have to make. And to me, the moves that the Yanks have to make from here on our are pretty clear: Get rid of Farnsworth. To be clear, here’s how I would construct the 25-man. C: Jorge 1B: Phillips 2B: Cano 3B: Alex SS: Jeter LF: Matsui CF: Melky/Damon RF: Abreu DH: Giambi/Damon BEN: Betemit BEN: Duncan BEN: Molina BEN: Cairo (because we know he’s not going anywhere) SP: Wang SP: Pettitte SP: Clemens SP: Mussina SP: Hughes RP: Rivera RP: Vizcaino RP: Bruney RP: Chamberlain RP: Karstens RP: One of Villone/Myers/Henn You can add another reliever to that list if you subtract Cairo. But you get the gist. · (10) ·
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In the middle of the trade deadline countdown, the Yanks held a press conference today to unveil the 2008 All Star Game logo. The team also announced that they will try to seat fans in the black bleachers section for the home run derby. That might mess around with the batter’s eye, but those would be awesome seats for the derby.
Here’s the logo as it now appears above the façade in center field at the Stadium. It’s a classy one. I’ll try to get a better picture at the game tonight.
Here’s the logo as it appears on the Yanks’ website.
And because it’s never too early, you can now start buying All Star Game 2008 merchandise.
Tim Brown of Yahoo wrote it, and Jayson Stark of ESPN just said it on the teevee. If Octavio does end up in Atlanta — and it’s official at this point — the Braves will look for a quick swing on Wickman.
Farnsworth and $5 mil for Wickman. Former Yankee Bob may not be Gagne, but he’s also not Farnsworth.
The tireless Ken Rosenthal notes that Eric Gagne appears to be Boston-bound. The Red Sox are waiting for Gagne’s medical records and need him to waive his no-trade clause. I don’t really understand this move. The Sox already have a dominant closer in Papelbon and a great bullpen with Okajima, Delcarmen, Kyle Snyder and Javier Lopez. With Brandon Donnelly on the DL, the Sox have the pitching. Considering their needs, whatever they give up is too much, and getting everyone adequate work will now be a challenge for Terry Francona.
Update: Just to stress a point, Jon Daniels is a terrible GM. When the dealings and negotiations for Gagne started, he wanted either Joba or Phil Hughes from the Yanks. Then he said he would take Kennedy or Melky Cabrera straight up. Then he said he would take Alan Horne. So now he’s going to get Kasson Gabbard and Dave Murphy from the Red Sox. That’s poor. He can’t make either of them into a legitimate good player. Terrible trade for the Rangers. But at least the Yanks aren’t giving up too much for Gagne.