Yankees Mailbag

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@NataliaYank25 asks:
I’m hearing a lot of talk about the Yankees and Gio Gonzalez. Anything is possible, so you think it’s a good fit?

–      Natalia, I think Gio Gonzalez would be a good fit for the Yankees. He is the prototypical number two starter that Yankee fans desperately want after the ALDS loss to the Tigers. Gio does not get much run support for the Oakland A’s and yet still wins 16 games with a 3.12 ERA. His breaking ball is one of the best in the American League and would give the Yankees two lefties at the top of their rotation. Their GM, Billy Beane, reportedly likes the Yankees’ prospects, but I don’t see Brian Cashman pulling the trigger on this deal. I think he wants to see Banuelos or Betances grow into the system. Don’t expect the Yankees to make a trade for Gio, but Matt Garza is a possibility.

Will asks:
John Danks name is coming up in trade talks a lot lately, he seems like the ideal #2 starter and a solid lefty. What would it take to land him in a trade? Would Romine, Warren, Mitchell, Heathcott do it? I appreciate the feedback.

–      Will. I disagree with you on John Danks. The guy has never won more than fifteen games in a season and he had a stretch in the first two months of 2011 where he did not even win a game. He would be nothing more than a back end starter in the Yankee rotation. I think the White Sox would trade him on the cheap just because they have shown no signs that they will give him a long term deal since he is a free agent at the end of 2012. I would not give up Romine or Warren for him, but I would give up a Slade Heathcott for him. I look for NY again to look at Matt Garza, Jair Jurrjens, and Gio before they explore a John Danks trade.

Posted on November 30, 2011, in Yankee Mailbag and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. no way not Slade Heathcott he looks legit. He did have a tough break with an injury last year. I am looking forward to seeing Slade healthy and to see how he does this upcoming season.

    • I would not trade Heathcott. He is a tremendous fielder with one the best defensive first steps in the game. He’s also ultra aggressive offensively who just needs his health to impact the game as a top of the order hitter.

      • I agree Dan. His story is also impressive of how he grew up and over came a lot to make it where he is today. YES did a piece on him last year.

        For others who haven’t seen it google or youtube it.

  2. I think Gio would be a great pickup but I know we will have to give up a lot for him so I hope Cashman doesn’t unless he can somehow find a reasonable trade.

    Im not sure Garza would be great but I think he would cost a bit as well

    • There is no way the Yankees trade for Gio. The A’s price tag is just too high to even consider him plus it’s not like he’s all that cheap. IF he continues to pitch as he has over the next 5 years he’s going to cost over 50 million dollars even him with being under team control for 4 of them.

      If the Yankees are going to trade for a pitcher I would think their target would be Gavin Floyd. He’s a very solid pitcher under contract next year for 7 million with a team option for 9.5 million the following year. If he pitches well in NY there would be a good chance the Yankees would tender him a 12.5 million offer and get compensation for him when he becomes a free agent if the do not re-sign him.

  3. Natalia,

    The reason I like Garza is because he is AL East tested and he can beat the Boston Red Sox, which is the main competition right now. Theo and Cashman won’t give each other an easy price, but I think the Yankees could be in the running for Theo to make the Red Sox angry

    • That is a good point Ricky. never thought of that. Will he do a trade like that to take a jab at the Red Sox. I would not put that past him.

      Good thinking Ricky.

    • Garza would be a horrific choice for the Yankees. His last 2 years with Tampa he gave up too many home runs. The cost is prohibitive so pass.

  4. Ricky, I think you definitely under-state John Danks above. In my opinion, he’s no less than a 3 starter, but no more than a 3 starter (as of now). His W-L record may not be very good, but the rest of his numbers support him as being better than a bottom of the rotation pitcher. And with the Yankees run support, he’ll be winning 12-16 games, which is very good for a #3.

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