Tuesday, April 14, 2015

If It Comes Down to San Diego or New York…

Speculations are already running rampant on who will win the presumed Cole Hamels sweepstakes sometime this season and the early front runners are the San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in that order. Many have put the Yankees as the favorites to land Hamels but I honestly think that was just to garner clicks and sell newspapers because if it comes down to San Diego or New York AJ Preller is going to win every single time.

I don’t pretend to know much about the state of the farm system in San Diego but one would have to think that after the flurry of acquisitions and trades this winter the Padres minor league system has to be weak. That’s not to say that the team could not pull off a trade for Hamels involving a Wil Myers or one of their many stud pitchers but I would have to think that New York has the better or deeper farm system right now. The difference between what Preller is doing in San Diego and what Brian Cashman is doing in New York is that Cashman is holding on to his prospects for the next dynasty or maybe the next big trade that makes sense. A trade for Hamels on the wrong side of 30 years old with all the money associated with the deal does not make sense for a Yankees team that is probably two or three years away from being a true World Series caliber team.

Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers are always dark horses in any race for starting pitching while teams like the Texas Rangers and others may jump into the action as well. The only type of trades that New York is pulling off these days is salary dumps and players past their primes for less than stellar prospects that the team will never miss. Gone are the days that New York pulls off the blockbuster trade and that alone would, and should, keep the Yankees from acquiring Hamels this season.


  1. I don't want Hamels, nor is there a need for him. And as I've said a thousand times... if there's no need, then you don't pay a large price.

    With Tanaka, Pineda, and Eovaldi for at least two more years (they can opt-out or will become free agents after 2017), along with Luis Severino a good possibility as a solid to great starter by next season, why shoehorn Hamels in there?

    Don't let me down, Cash! I'm rooting for you.

    1. It's a dumb trade, that is exactly why Cashman will make the trade and empty the farm. Let him go to San Diego. Or Los Angeles. Or even Boston.

  2. Please let's be honest. At this point with this crappy owner we would be lucky if we took on the cost of a happy meal


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