I've heard a lot bandied about concerning trade rumors (most for Alex Rodriguez started by people who root for or cover teams who covet Alex Rodriguez) but thus far this "insider" takes the cake.
THE YANKEES:And "the following" is completely ridiculous.
Pitching will be a priority and the Yankees will be looking everywhere and anywhere for it. Yes, they will make a big play for Daisuke Matsuzaka, but George Steinbrenner will only open his pocketbook that wide if he gets a favorable scouting report from a source he trusts.
So, I'm predicting, based on the following, that a trade will garner the Yankees' next big starter.
Don't be surprised if the Alex Rodriguez to the Cubs rumors pick up after the World Series and as the Winter Meetings approaches, according to our Windy City source. ÂDiscussions will be expanded to include some interesting pieces.See, I would think Cashman would have had enough of pitchers who can't ever seem to stay healthy. Although maybe Prior's durability will rub off on Pavano and he'll start at least 4 games next year.
The Cubs want to rid themselves of a lot of players (and contracts) that (new skipper Lou) Piniella has already indicated to Cubs GM Jim Hendry would be smart to get rid off. Mark Prior is a guy that intrigues Cashman, so expect his name to be mentioned.
Other names that will be tossed around are Yankees' top prospects Phil Hughes and Jose Tabata (because the Yankees are expected to demand Carlos Zambrano), but none of those players are getting dealt in any trade. Prior for A-Rod if a deal gets done Â will be the main pieces.This is obviously someone who knows nothing about Brian Cashman. See, Brian Cashman is the type of guy who thinks about trading for the game's best shortstop to fill his hole at third. Brian Cashman is not the type who "loves gritty role players who have lots of desire." Cashman likes players who are... good.
If the Yankees do deal A-Rod, they will go after a guy like Mark DeRosa because Cashman is said to admire the University of Pennsylvania product's grit, ability to play several positions, and desire to win at all costs.
Otherwise, the Yankees are said to be targeting bullpen help, and lots of it.Gee, way to go out on a limb there. I'm truly growing tired of "a source" who then "hears" something that makes no sense. Jeez, if you're going to make stuff up, at least make it somewhat believable.
Why would Cashman trade a bankable commodity for a HUGE question mark (no pun intended)? Answer: he wouldn't.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 8:08 PM