It’s very predictable. Every time a trade is made that doesn’t involve the Yankees, e-mails roll in asking why the Yankees didn’t make the same deal or whether Brian Cashman knew Player X was on the market.
C’mon now. Cashman has been the GM since 1998. Few GMs in the game, if any, are better connected. Of course he knows who is available. Beyond that, very few deals are made without both GMs checking elsewhere first to see if they can do better.
Matt Holliday is a good hitter. But his home/away differentials are troubling. Plus you’d have to give up three players (the equivalent Yankees talent would have been Austin Jackson, Brian Bruney and a young lefty starter, which they don’t have) to get a player in the final year of his contract who will certainly become a free agent. It’s sweet that his dad wants him to play for the Yankees. I’m sure Scott Boras would take that into account.
Then there’s the recent Nats/Marlins deal. Scott Olson has talent and he’s a lefty. But he’s also the same player Joe Girardi once jacked up in the dugout because he was a punk. Josh Willingham is a .266 hitter with a bad back who was made into a left fielder because he couldn’t catch. Let’s assume for a second that Girardi has a fairly good feel for evaluating Florida’s talent. Willingham has some interesting qualities and sees a lot of pitches, but I’ll trust Girardi on this one.
Be patient. The season starts in five months, not five days.