Rumor has it (Insider required) that the Yankees may be prepared to trade Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, and Chien Ming Wang for Johan Santana.
Interesting idea, except that you can’t be sure anymore what you’re going to get from Johan. After logging more than 225 innings in each of the previous 3 years and then 121 prior to the All-Star Break in 2007, Santana registered a 5-7 record and 4.04 ERA in the second half. I know – he killed my once dominant fantasy baseball team. (Well, him and losing Erik Bedard.)
Santana is obviously the cream of the free agent crop, but could he be tired? Could he have been masking an injury? Add to that the cost: 2 of your projected starting pitchers in exchange for one. With no other good starters available on the open market this fall, unless you’re interested in an aging Curt Schilling, which might actually make sense.
The other rumor mentioned by Rob Neyer in that blog entry was that the Yankees are about to throw a ton of money at Jorge Posada. Great. I hope they do. Posada will be 37 next summer and has about 1400 games at catcher. That’s huge. Jason Varitek has about 1200 and he seems pretty much done. I’m pretty sure the Sox won’t be throwing the money at him when his contract is up after 2008, and he’ll be the same age then as Posada is now.
By the way, rumor has it the Yanks are looking at a 3-year deal for $40 million for Posada. Wow.