Monday, November 21, 2005

Gammons: Yankees in on Delgado

Just a quick thought about Peter Gammons' assertation that the Yankees may be interested in Florida's high priced first baseman:

"So to clear payroll and make it possible to sign Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to long-term contracts, sources indicate that Florida is deep in trade discussions involving Josh Beckett and Carlos Delgado.

The three teams interested in Delgado are the Orioles, Mets and Yankees."

Now I can see the Orioles making this kind of move. Delgado is the type of player they're notorious for picking up (past his prime, overpaid) and they need a first baseman. Ditto the Mets, not to mention Omar Minaya's love afair with all latin players.

The Yankees? I really can't see a fit. A lefthanded, defensively deficient slugger in a platoon at first with Giambi? A fulltime DH that means that Sheffield has to play the field every day?

No. Doesn't make sense. Now usually I'm not the biggest fan of Gammons (moreso even his "opinions" than his rumors) and I could see the Yankees interested in Delgado. What team needs a first baseman, had some cash and an (apparantly) expendible centerfielder?

Carl Pavano + B prospect to Florida
Carlos Delgado + cash to the White Sox
Damaso Marte and Aaron Rowand to the Yankees

It could happen. The Sox get the slugger they need to replace Konerko and Thomas. Florida gets a bunch of payroll relief and Pavano helps fill the void of Beckett. The Yankees get a left handed reliever and a centerfielder. The Sox don't do this themselves because they get cash to help offset Delgado's contract.

Go ahead, show me where that doesn't make sense for everyone.

posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 2:10 PM   8 comments


At 11/21/2005 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Konerko's not a cinch to leave the White Sox, but they did free up salary by dumping Thomas and Everett. Rowand would be replaced by rookie Brian Anderson, under your proposal - another dump of salary. Cash from the Marlins + salary dump could allow them to re-sign Konerko and still pay Delgado, although I hear they're looking hard at Jim Thome.

At 11/22/2005 10:18 AM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

The Marlins wouldn't be supplying any cash. That's the reason the Yankees would be brought in to begin with.

At 11/22/2005 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Marlins are dumping payroll, they wont want to pick up Pavano's contract.

At 11/22/2005 12:18 PM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

It's possible there could be cash considerations to the Marlins.

However, Pavano is due $9.98M/yr for 3 years.

By making this transaction without any cash changing hands, the Marlins save $14.06M per year over the length of Pavano's contract.

Add in that they just saved $18M on Lowell and probably $7M per year on Beckett via arbitration, that's a net saving of $46.06M over the two trades, or $22.5M next year alone. The Beckett trade was more about moving the contract of Lowell than anything. They also could trade Pavano before, during or after next season.

At 11/22/2005 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girardi must be kicking himself.

At 11/22/2005 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, here's one reason this doesn't make any sense:

the Marlins would be better off just keeping Rowand and trading Pierre.

the Marlins would be essentially trading pavano for delgado. that will never happen b/c delgado is good and pavano is not.

At 11/22/2005 6:22 PM, Blogger Mr. Faded Glory said...

The White Sox don't want Pierre. The Marlins don't want Rowand.

They're not trying to trade Delgado for value, they're trying to dump his salary.

Also they would be getting a prospect back in return.

At 11/22/2005 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the marlins wouldn't have to trade pierre to the white sox.

the fact is that rowand and marte are a much better return on delgado for the marlins than Pavano and his contract are.

there will be other teams who are willing to give actual value for delgado.

i love the yankees, but pavano at 3 years, $30 million is not a valuable trading commodity. if the yanks want to move pavano, they are going to be eating a TON of cash.


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