A trade so bad, it’s supernatural

Johan Santana for Jon Lester, who has the stuff but hasn’t displayed the command to be an elite pitcher, a shortstop with a solid bat but and promising patience, but very limited fielding ability [Lowrie], and a one dimensional sinker ball specialist with a very shallow ceiling due to lack of secondary pitches [Masterson] 

Wow.

Ellsbury is excellent. He has a swing tailored toward finding holes in the defense, similar to Jeter in that regard. That’s just a fantastic, natural ability. He’ll always have a high BABIP, personifying the old Wee Willie quote “to hit ‘em where they ain’t.” [Interestingly enough, I got into a shouting match with a Red Sox fan at a bar after Jeter beat Papelbon last season with one of his fist floaters into right. He was raging about Jeter being lucky, but when you have a swing like Jeter, or Ellsbury, it’s just a beautiful thing where contact will yield a high number of hits, with some simply bound to be ugly duck snorts. It’s unexplainable, but completely verifiable. Luck is the residue of design, when it comes to these guys]

But he too, has a limit to his value, because he’ll probably never hit for much power.

So, well done, Bill Smith. If you can take the package that doesn’t include Ellsbury, you have just made one of the worst trades in Baseball history. There’s really nothing the Yankees can do about this. If the Twins truly believe the Red Sox’s inclusion of Lester equals Kennedy [who has way better control and command than Lester] AND Jackson [who could be the Yankees’ CF by 2009] than he is simply being unreasonable, and hurting his franchise severely. Scarring it in fact. My God… if the Twins don’t get Ellsbury, this is positively nightmarish, a preposterously disastrous trade. So atrocious, it’s almost mind bending. I hate to be a jerk, but if this happens, I hope the Yankees run it up on the Twins when they play next season. When Lester is out of the game in the fourth inning after allowing three hits and four walks, and Masterson, the mop-up man, emerges from the bullpen, well, it’s going to be on… it’s going to be on… every time, cause we don’t play… 

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7 comments

  1. djv319@yahoo.com

    Prediction. Hughes will win more games over the years of the new Santana contract assuming there are no health issues for either.

  2. showtimekenny@yahoo.com

    The yankees are out of their mind but they need 2 go after santana….the yanks are not good enough w/what they have…if the evil empire(the sox) gets santana the yanks will watch as the sox dominate baseball….it’s as if the yanks have accepted second place…whoever is calling the shots is a *****…make me GM and the yanks will win a string of championships…

  3. angloamer@att.net

    It sounds like sour grapes,to me. Kennedy has a .446 era, Lester, was undefeated in 6 game, including an impressive world series win. What the **** did kennedy do. The twins are not stupid, they know who the better pitcher is. The yanks have been trying to dump him off on some ****** since the end of the season.

  4. Matt

    Anglogamer:

    “It sounds like sour grapes,to me. Kennedy has a .446 era”

    That isn’t true.

    “Lester, was undefeated in 6 game, including an impressive world series win.”

    True. But wins shouldn’t be the determining factor when analyzing a pitcher. It’s a very team dependant stat, much like RBI’s.

    “What the **** did kennedy do”

    He won Minor League pitcher of the year.

    “The twins are not stupid, they know who the better pitcher is.”

    Kennedy has far better command than Lester, and Lester doesn’t have anything near Kennedy’s change as a plus secondary pitch. He also allows far too many baserunners to be ever counted on as anything more than a 4 starter… as of now. He’s a young pitcher who could improve. But Kennedy has more upside right now.

    “The yanks have been trying to dump him off on some ****** since the end of the season.”

    They actually declared him untouchable after the World Series.

    I appreciate you reading and commenting. These are my opinions, feel free to disagree. Drop by anytime.

  5. amber__11@hotmail.com

    I agree with everything you said Matt. First off the Yankees have stated several times that Ian is off limits. Atleast if they are trying to get Phil and Ian in the same package. I read an article recently that talked about Ian possibly being the better pitcher out of him and Phil. Either way I want both guys and Melky to stay on the team. I like the feel of the younger pitchers.
    I am not disagreeing with you but I thought that Tabata would be our future centerfielder???? I have heard great things about him.

  6. Matt

    “I am not disagreeing with you but I thought that Tabata would be our future centerfielder???? I have heard great things about him.”

    Still really like Tabata. He hit .300 last season against older competition despite a broken bone in his hand, which limited his power. I project him more as a corner guy, but he absolutely has a future with the team. I’d prob. still rate him ahead of Jackson, but the latter really closed the gap this year, and projects perfectly as a center-fielder. Hopefully both of them are patrolling the New Yankee Stadium come 2010, or earlier…

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