The Yankees could have had Eric Gagne this morning. The cost would have been Melky Cabrera or Ian Kennedy according to people involved in the process.
During a dugout interview session a few minutes ago, Brian Cashman said the cost was prohibitive.
“I couldn’t get (Texas) off certain players,” he said.
The Yankees looked at this way: Gagne is a two-month rental because he wants to wants to close and will re-enter the free-agent market at the end of the season. So for 20-30 innings of work as a set-up man, the Yankees would have had to give up a pitcher who could be in their rotation next season or their starting center fielder.
Cashman says he is confident that they can address their bullpen issues from within. They have these options:
It sounds like Ramirez will be here tomorrow and Chamberlain possibly by the weekend.
They dealt Proctor for several reasons. His poor outings were starting to outnumber is good ones. They also feel that he, Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney are similar pitchers. Ramirez and his changeup will give them a different look.