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John asks: With all a speak of a Phillies trade people like Cliff Lee during a deadline, do we consider a Yankees would be interested? Right now subsequent year’s revolution is CC Sabathia and any one else is a doubt mark.
I consider that depends wholly on either a group tries to go by with a devise to get underneath a $189M oppulance taxation extent in 2014 in beyond. If they wish to give it a shot, forget about Lee. If they throw a whole devise — as has been rumored already — afterwards yeah, we do consider they would be interested. Brian Cashman Co. seem to be smitten with a lefty, initial perplexing to trade for him afterwards perplexing to pointer him as a giveaway agent.
Lee, 34, is not a same pitcher he was a few years ago, yet he’s still outstanding. Easily one of a tip 15-20 starters in a game. His strikeout (7.25 K/9 and 20.1 K%) and belligerent turn (39.3%) rates have both been trending downward given he rejoined a Phillies, yet he still doesn’t travel anyone (1.27 BB/9 and 3.5 BB%). Lee will acquire $25M this year and in any of a subsequent dual years, and his $27.5M vesting choice for 2016 includes a $12.5M (!) buyout. Since we’re roughly one-fifth of a approach by this year, that’s approximately $82.5M left on his agreement if a choice doesn’t vest.
If a Phillies eat say, $20-30M of that $82.5M, we consider it would take a three- or four-player package to acquire Lee, and during slightest dual of those players would have to be studs. He might be expensive, yet he’s also unequivocally good. You won’t get him for giveaway only because. Would Gary Sanchez, Mason Williams, Brett Marshall, and a fourth male be enough? Maybe. Would we do it? Sure, generally if a Yankees devise on scrapping a 2014 payroll plan. The ascent from Ivan Nova/David Phelps to Lee is legitimately 4 or 5 wins over a full season, and that’s a disproportion between round and golf and Oct given a rest of a AL East.
Mike asks: What would it take to acquire Nick Hundley? Seems to be Joe Girardi form of catcher, someone who does all fine yet zero great.
I’m not certain if a Girardi comparison is accurate, yet Hundley is a plain all-around catcher. He’s rebounded good this year (109 wRC+) after attack miserably a year ago (29 wRC+), and he’s been tighten to a joining normal hitter altogether (95 wRC+) given removing a pursuit full-time in 2009. His defensive repute is clever and he’s thrown out tighten to 32% of attempted base-stealers a final 3 years.
Hundley, 29, is underneath agreement for only $7M between this year and next, that works out flattering good for a Yankees. Yasmani Grandal is a catcher of a destiny in San Diego, that could land Hundley on a trade block. Interestingly enough, Hundley recently called out Grandal — “You wish to speak about a male who is unproven and had a good integrate months on steroids, go ahead,” he said — that is kind of a jerk thing to do. Quality catchers are really tough to find, so dual peculiarity (but not elite) prospects seems like a reasonable seeking price. Marshall and Ramon Flores for Hundley? I’d consider tough about it.
Andrew asks: Can we get a scouting news (and your personal opinion) on Rob Refsnyder? The child is positively mashing, and it’s been prolonged adequate this deteriorate to call it some-more than a fluke.
The Yankees gave Refsnyder a small reduction than $206k as their fifth turn collect final summer, and all he’s finished this year is mash. I’m articulate .391/.490/.523 (~184 wRC+) in 153 image appearances between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa before to final night’s game. Here’s a dash of what Baseball America (subs. req’d) had to contend before a draft:
Scouts like his bat and consider he could be an normal hitter. He’s always attack — he binds his high propagandize record for a top career batting normal and is a career .341 hitter over his 3 years with a Wildcats. The problem scouts have is that Refsnyder only doesn’t form as a dilemma outfielder in pro turn given he has a prosaic pitch that’s geared some-more for doubles than home runs. He’s an normal curtain with an normal arm, so scouts who like a bat are meddlesome in removing Refsnyder to pierce behind to second base, a position he played in high school.
After personification a outfield during his pro entrance final year, Refsnyder has played second bottom this year and he’s really most a work in swell during a position. He committed 12 errors in 29 games before to final night, and nonetheless errors are frequency a best approach to magnitude defensive competence, it’s an denote he’s a small severe around a edges. That’s not surprising, he didn’t play a position during all in college. He’ll need some time to adjust.
I see Refsnyder as a (very) abounding man’s Mitch Hilligoss. He can strike and he knows what he’s doing during a plate, yet he doesn’t offer a ton of energy and doesn’t have a set position. Maybe that means he winds adult a really good application male who can play second, third, and both dilemma outfield spots, who knows. Obviously they should give him to time to work on things during second. Refsnyder is mashing so far, yet he also came from a big-time college module and should crush Single-A pitchers. I’ll get some-more vehement about a opening if he maintains it during a Double-A level. His deteriorate to date has been really sparkling though.