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C.J Wilson & Roy Oswalt Interested in Yankees

C.J Wilson & Roy Oswalt Interested in Yankees

By Delia E.

As of right now, it is uncertain how much interest Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has in acquiring C.J Wilson & Roy Oswalt, but if there is one thing these two pitchers share in common it’s that they are both interested in the Yankees, at least according to their manager Bob Garber.

Garber manages both Wilson & Oswalt and has described what each player wants, and they both desire the Yankees. C.J Wilson is considered the No. 1 pick in the free agent market after going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. Garber believes that Wilson’s outgoing, friendly personality with the media will thrive in New York

“He is one of those guys that would fit in very well.” Garber said. “He would fit in most places pretty well. New York I think he will thrive in a city like that.”

Oswalt on the other hand had a 9-10 record with a 3.64 ERA with the Phillies. In 2010 the Yankees nearly acquired Oswalt in a trade before he was sent to Philadelphia from the Houston Astros. Garber believes that Oswalt would be interested in playing for the Yankees since he has talked about it with former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite.

“I know that he is friends with Andy Pettite and they have talked about the Yankees over the years.” Garber mentioned about Oswalt. “That’s a situation that I think Roy would fit into as well.”

Both Wilson and Oswalt are looking for multi-year contracts but the Yankees are iffy in giving Oswalt a deal due to his previous back injuries. Garber assures that Oswalt back is fine.

“It’s just a matter of figuring out how to manage his back situation.”

The Yankees are expected to have interest in both players but Cashman would like to become “conservative” which means he wouldn’t plan on getting into a bidding war with the other teams over them, especially if Wilson gets a bigger deal than Oswalt. The Yankees may pursue Chicago White Sox free agent Mark Buerhle or bid for the contract of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. The Yankees may also want to re-sign Yankees free agent Freddy Garcia.

Hot Stove Targeting: Trevor Cahill


 

Positives:

Trevor Cahill has proven for a season and a half that he can be an elite pitcher in MLB. Cahill had a stellar 2010 season, going 18-8, with a 2.97 ERA, 118 strikeouts, and a 1.10 WHIP. Cahill backed that season up last year by going 8-7 with a 3.12 ERA, 91 strikeouts, and a 1.29 WHIP in the first half of the season.  Unfortunately his second half left a lot to be desired. Cahill has been an innings eater the last two seasons as well. He pitched 196.2 innings in 2010 and 207.2 innings in 2011. This proves that you can count on him to be durable and to take the mound every five days. That can be hard to come by sometimes.  Cahill keeps the ball on the ground with a very good sinker.

Year GB/FB GB% FB%
2009 1.40 47.8% 34.1%
2010 1.93 56% 29%
2011 2.21 55.9% 25.3%

Any pitcher who can keep the ball on the ground at Yankee Stadium has a great chance to be successful.  Cahill does not strikeout a lot of people, so he has to control the ball, and keep it on the ground.

Negatives:

Cahill has benefited from two very big things pitching for the OaklandA’s. The Coliseum is a big time pitchers park and he has feasted on weak competition in the AL West. This unfortunately shows up when Cahill goes up against the AL East.

I

Opponent

W

L

ERA

GS

IP

H

SO

WHIP

SO/9

BaltimoreOrioles

3

1

2.42

4

26.0

20

16

0.923

5.5

BostonRed Sox

1

2

5.55

4

24.1

25

19

1.356

7.0

New YorkYankees

0

4

10.95

5

24.2

33

16

1.824

5.8

TampaBayRays

2

1

4.88

4

24.0

25

18

1.458

6.8

TorontoBlue Jays

1

3

6.83

5

29.0

32

15

1.517

4.7

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Since those are the majority of the teams he would be facing with the Yankees those numbers are extremely scary.  Cahill also does not strikeout enough people. His career average K/9 is a measly 5.4.  Cahill simply does not throw hard enough, and does not have well enough secondary pitches enough to get strikeouts

Pitch Fastball Changeup Slider Curveball
Usage 58.7% 22% 6.6 % 12.7%
AverageMPH 89.1 80.5 83.5 78.6

Cahill does not throw his sinker as hard as former Yankee Chien- Ming Wang did before he got hurt. During his first three years with the Yankees, Wang averaged 92.6MPHon his sinker.  Wang also produced ground balls at a 61.7 % clip, which is much better than Cahill. Even with all of that Wang struggled in the postseason with the Yankees. I would fear with Cahill’s average stuff he would suffer the same fate. Plus, he has never pitched with any kind of pressure on him inOakland. That would not be the case in the Bronx.

Fit for the Yankees?

I do not believe Cahill is a good fit for the Yankees. The Yankees defiantly should not consider him as a #2 starter. His numbers against the AL East are awful and his stuff is just average. He would also be leaving perhaps the best pitchers park in the majors, to perhaps the worst pitchers park in the majors.  You also must question whether he can handle pitching under the bright lights of New York.

From the Athletics’ Perspective:

The A’s do need to improve their hitting greatly, and have been tangling some of their pitchers in trade talks. Cahill has had solid numbers in his career, and has an extremely friendly contract. The A’s only owe him 30 million dollars over the next 4 years with team options in 2016 and 2017. Those factors would suggest that they would want a good package of prospects back.
Cost for the Yankees?

I would not give up any top of the line prospects for Cahill, and that probably would not get it done. I do not believe that the A’s and the Yankees are a good match. The A’s need hitting and the Yankees’ farm system is rich in pitching. The only hitter projected to be elite in the Yankees system is Jesus Montero. I figure the A’s would want one of the Yankees’ best prospects like Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, or Gary Sanchez. Cahill is one of their best players so they should feel that way, but I would never give one of them up for Cahill.

Beltran Rumors

Beltran Rumors

by Matt S.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees are considering a pursuit of Carlos Beltran this winter.

“He’s on our list,” a team official told Matthews. “But we have to make a decision on Swisher first.” Most expect the Yankees will exercise Swisher’s $10.25 million option for 2012, but Beltran could be an alternative in right field if they decline. It’s also possible that the Bombers could pick up Swisher’s option and dangle him in the trade market.