What do Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett have in common?
As any astute Yankee fan would know, those are three prospects obtained from Detroit for Gary Sheffield on Nov. 10, 2006.
What you may not know is all three of them are on the disabled list to start the season. Sanchez is recovering from arm surgery, Whelan a sore elbow and Claggett a hamstring strain. The always astute Tyler Kepner of the Times pointed that out today.
The trade wasn’t a waste because the Yankees weren’t going to keep Sheffield anyway. But after 16 months, none of the three have helped the Yankees much.
The Randy Johnson deal on Jan. 9, 2007 was a little better. The Yankees got a year out of Luis Vizcaino and then turned him into a first-round pick by letting him walk to the Rockies. Ross Ohlendorf is in the majors and has promise. Steven Jackson has faded away. Alberto Gonzalez was a September call-up and could be the utility infielder at some point.
Vizcaino has looked terrible in his first two outings for the Rockies, by the way.
I think the next trade the Yankees make could be Hideki Matsui for prospects after the season. Godzilla has become a spare part, especially if Shelley Duncan shows he can DH every day.
Or Brian Cashman could turn some of his extra parts (a center fielder here, a pitching prospect there) into a player this July.