One of the rumors going around is that the Yankees could send Chien-Ming Wang and prospects to Minnesota for Johan Santana.
Riddle me this, Batman. Why would the Twins want a sinkerball specialist like Wang? He is 7-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 11 career starts on turf, 39-15, 3.58 on grass.
The Twins will be in their park for at least another two years. Add in games in Toronto and Tampa and Wang would make roughly 19 starts a year on turf.
He’s also arbitration eligible, a huge factor for the penny-pinching Twins. Why would they want to pay for the success he has had with the Yankees?
I don’t see how that trade makes much sense. The Yankees have the pieces to make a deal with the Twins if they want, but Wang makes little sense to Minnesota.
Meanwhile, on a few other issues:
Paul O’Neill is not going to be a coach. He lives in Cincinnati with his family and nearly all of the games he did for YES were in the midwest, that’s how little he was interested in coming back to New York.
Bernie Williams is not going to be a coach, either. He went after fly balls like Dora the Explorer and ran the bases like he was blindfolded. He was a very productive player but he’s not a teacher. Bernie also has a very quiet, introverted personality. That’s not what you want in a coach.
It would be very interesting to see if the Yankees have the guts to go with a first-year manager in Mattingly and a first-year pitching coach in Dave Eiland. Maybe they would hire Leo Mazzone and make Eiland the bullpen coach.
Girardi’s pitching coach in Florida, Rick Kranitz, was hired by Baltimore.