It’s interesting to note that Texas owner Tom Hicks gave general manager Jon Daniels a one-year contract extension today. It’s a vote of confidence for the GM, who frankly hasn’t done much to deserve it.
Will this show of faith embolden Daniels to deal away Mark Teixeira and Eric Gagne to bring back the prospects necessary to rebuild the franchise? You would have to think so.
Teixeira would be a good fit with the Yankees in many ways and they gave the young pitchers Texas needs. But before anybody gets carried away, a few things to keep in mind:
-Brian Cashman is a patient man and waited until just about the last second last July before trading for Bobby Abreu. The Red Sox don’t need Teixeira, so the Yankees can afford to wait until the market calms down.
-Teixeira is on the DL with a quad and won’t be ready until the All-Star break.
-Teixeira is a Scott Boras client and a true believer. He will go on the free-agent market once the 2008 season is over. He will be eligible for arbitration after this season.
-Phil Hughes is not going anywhere. We have all seen the rest of the prospects. Is there anybody remotely as good as Hughes? No. The Yankees need to start finding replacements for Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte.
Right now the rotation for 2009 is Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, TBA, TBA, TBA. You can’t trade Hughes for a first baseman unless it’s Albert Pujols.Teixeira is a good player but he’s not worth Hughes.
I believe the Yankees will get a first baseman before July 31. But think more along the lines of a player like Hillenbrand, Sweeney, Young or somebody like that. Cashman didn’t devote himself to finding so many young pitchers to trade them away for a rental first baseman.