Tuesday, October 22, 2013

King: Yankees Interested In Drew And Maholm

With the New York Yankees set to reportedly drop in excess of $300 million this offseason on free agents, including their own of course with Robinson Cano and Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees will be linked to everyone no doubt this winter. The winter started early yesterday as we were linked to Odrisamer Despaigne from Cuba and Suk Min Yoon from Korea and today we get a whole new round of rumors.

 George A. King reports that the Yankees will be interested in Boston Red Sox short stop Stephen Drew and Atlanta Braves left handed pitcher Paul Maholm. One of these I buy and one of these I see as only a ploy to drive up the price. One guy I see here I would take a chance on and one I would probably just pass on. Drew I think I would ultimately pass on because I think the Yankees are only "interested" in driving up the price for Boston. Maholm is a left handed starter to replace Andy Pettitte so I would at least kick the tires if the price was right but I cannot see that being the case.

Drew already turned us down once to go to Boston for more playing time and with Derek Jeter healthy coming into 2014, yes for real this time, he figures to get even less playing time next season as he thought he would have gotten this season. Pass on him and .253/.333/.403 triple slash, Boston can keep him. I am personally comfortable going with defense first with Brendan Ryan if Jeter is not back healthy as long as we bulk up elsewhere, ie catcher and right field. 

Maholm is interesting only because of his left throwing arm. Maholm's 4.41 ERA and elbow trouble in the second half in the national league does not excite me when I think about what those numbers would look like in the AL East. I know he is a ground ball guy with over 51% of his outs coming on ground balls but I speculate that he will want to be paid as a middle of the rotation guy, and he isn't one. If we can get Maholm as a 5th starter for 5th starter money sign me up, if not pass or we will get smashed. 

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