Several Interesting Rumors: Cain, Garcia, Wilson, Haren

Yesterday, Mike Silva’s New York Baseball Digest dished out some pretty interesting rumors regarding the Yankees. I’ll recap them in this post. Now, I’m really not sure about the overall reliability of these rumors. However if they are true, then they are very interesting. I did look through the comments at River Ave. Blues, and Steve S. of The Yankee Analysts was adamant that the author, Frank Russo, has always had a rock solid source, “very tied in to baseball matters with the Yanks.” Keeping that in mind, here we go…

— Russo wrote that the Yankees made an offer of four players for Matt Cain of the Giants, that included at least 1 position player and several minor-league pitchers. The deal was quickly turned down. Some of the names that were reportedly tossed around were: Jesus Montero, Nick Swisher, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, David Phelps, and Hector Noesi.

— He says that in Tampa, the word on the street is that Freddy Garcia will not be the only starting pitching acquisition, and that it wasn’t really a “value signing”. Russo says that Garcia could be utilized both as a starter or a long reliever. “They also love his clubhouse presence as he was a mentor to Ivan Nova.”

— Russo states that although there have been no numbers tossed around, the Yankees “could” offer CJ Wilson one of two types: (1) a 5 year contract with an opt-out option, (2) a 4 year contract with several vesting option years. They reportedly feel their main competition for Wilson is the Angels’ aggressive GM, Jerry DiPoto.

— He mentions that rumors are starting up that the Angels may make Dan Haren available. Russo says the Yankees would really like to acquire him, but “the belief down in Tampa is that DiPoto will only trade Haren to the Yankees for several ‘top tier’ prospects, (think Montero/Romine and Betances/Warren).”

About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on November 26, 2011, in Hot Stove and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Wow Harren or Wilson that’ a tough choice. Who would everyone else prefer?

    tough choice for me. I’m leaning towards Wilson but i’m gonna have to think about it more.

  2. If he really is available, then Haren, by a lot.

    • the only reason i was leaning towards wilson was because he wouldn’t cost us a loss in prospects.

      • I understand you picking CJ but, in 2009 he had 73.2 innings, in 2010 he jumped to 204. Don’t you think he is set-up to have a break down?
        Haren is 30, how many good years are left in him?
        My pick if at all posable is Gio Gonzalez, I think we all know about him. 25 year old lefty but, I wonder how much the big foul ball area had to do with his stats?
        Being a 25 year old Lefty with ok to good stuff is always good in Yankee land.
        What say you young’uns?

  3. Straight up, I’d prefer Haren over CJ.

    But under the circumstances……gimme the guy who is only gonna cost money….CJ!

    Yanks are laying in the weeds on CJ but they REALLY want him. Cashman learned from last season and Cliff Lee. Everyone in the league knew the Yankees were in love with Cliff Lee and it was the Phillies who hid in the weeds and stole him. Look for Cash to do that with CJ this season unless one of his trade targets materialize.

    But right now the trade prices are very high since the pitcher market is moving at a snails pace. The league doesn’t know how to react when the Yankees aren’t doing anything. Agents cant tell teams….. “Well you know we have a meeting set up in NY tomorrow” or “Brian Cashman is on the other line with an offer”.

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