According to the NY Post, the Yankees are interested in signing RHP Brad Penny to replace Sergio Mitre in the rotation. Penny would cost $100,00 to sign for the Yankees, or any other team interested in signing him (besides the Redsox.)
I like the idea of this, as long as it doesn’t get in the way. What I mean by that is that I would NOT want Brad Penny on the Yankees playoff roster. I would like him as a September starter to fill in the last spot over Mitre. Other teams interested are the Rockies, Marlins, and Giants. I think the best fit for him is the Rockies.
Here are the biggest trades that occurred today on trade deadline day:
-Tigers acquired Jarrod Washburn for Luke French and a minor-league pitcher
-Twins acquired Orlando Cabrera for a minor-leaguer
-Reds acquired Scott Rolen for Edwin Encarnacion and a few minor-leaguers.
-Brewers acquired Claudio Vargas for Vinny Rotino
-Rockies acquired Joe Beimel for two minor-leaguers
-Marlins acquired Nick Johnson for a minor-leaguer
Late last night, the Dodgers acquired George Sherrill for two minor-leaguers.
Saved this for last, but the Yankees made a few moves today, only one trade.
-Yankees called up Shelley Duncan.
-Yankees will have two more moves to make to free up room for Duncan and Hairston Jr.
The Yankees did add to their infield/outfield depth with Hairston and the call-up of Duncan, which is always good. Duncan plays 1b/lf/rf, while Hairston plays 2b/3b/ss/lf/cf/rf.
I would expect the Yankees to DFA Cody Ransom and option out one of Mark Melancon or Jon Albaladejo. Also, they will probably transfer Xavier Nady to the 60 day DL.
ONE LAST PIECE OF NEWS:
Shocking news out of Chicago. The Whitesox have traded for Jake Peavy….again….pending his approval. The trade has Clayton Richard, Adam Russell, Aaron Poreda, and Dexter Carter for Peavy. Richard is scheduled to start tonight against the Yankees. I’d expect Peavy to approve it if they made the deal again. When the original deal was made, the Padres had a better record than the Whitesox.
My immediate analysis is that the Redsox came away as the big winners of the trade deadline. The Yankees also did well, filling a utility need, but they did not acquire the starting pitcher they needed.