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The temptation of Matt Thornton

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There’s a lot to like about Matt Thornton. He’s a lefty who throws hard and has experience closing games, and he seems to be available on the trade market.

With the Yankees in the market for a lefty, is Thornton a viable target?

To be honest, it might be overkill. Thornton turned 35 last season, and he’s still owed $12 million through the next two seasons. He’s been used as more of a setup man than a lefty specialist, and the White Sox have clearly valued him that way. His contract is bigger than the Yankees ill-advised deal with Pedro Feliciano, and even though the Yankees wouldn’t need him in the seventh or eighth inning — those spots are certainly claimed — other teams would surely view him as that sort of reliever, so the Yankees might have to build that sort of prospect package to get him.

The Yankees seem to be viewing their bullpen as a strength that might need minor tweaking. A trade for the last two years of Thornton’s contract might be a bigger deal than necessary (and a bigger deal than the Yankees would like to make).




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