I hope the Yanks can sign him, but I read he had tendinitis last year and couldn't pitch the last 5 weeks, so that worries me. If they sign him, what are they going to do with WORTHLESS? He only pitches every other day and only one inning. They have to worry about the back locking also. What a waste of money he was!
Fortunately, the Yanks aren't DESPERATE for a reliever (like the Red Sox are). Though... I wonder if the Yanks would make the trade just to block Gonzalez from going to the Red Sox?
I wouldn't neccessarily say that Gonzalez is going to be Mariano's successor. The guy is having elbow problems now when he is only 28, so how can we espect him to pitch the 75-80 inning average of a closer, when he can't handle 55 inning seasons. He could be good, but most scouts are saying that he is more Mike Stanton-like, a dependable middle relief guy.
everyones era skyrockets when coming to al. farnsy had an era similar to gonzalez his last year w/ braves. he was a similar age. it just doesnt seem like an ideal deal to get a guy whos pitched in pittsburg with no pressure, in the national league, with arm trouble, who's 7 years old than melky. im all for trading hitting for pitching, it's how you win. but im not sure this is the ideal move.
a better question is what was it with the yanks. 4.36. id rather let the season start, see how the pen plays out and if need be, make a mid year trade for a good reliever. also, i think it might be better to trade randy or pavano and eat the salary. obviously that probably wont net us a top flight reliever alone but if you throw in other prospects it could be done. there's often guys to be had mid year, and because it isn't absolutely vital to get this guy, i say hang on to melky and see how the pen goes and if need be we can always make a deal later. it's not like the pen is abysmal right now. it's decent - pretty good. if his era skyrockets to 3.17 that would be good, but can we guarantee that? can we guarantee his arm wont break down this year, next year, two years from now? it wouldnt be an awful trade seeing as how we'll have damon, matsui and hopefully tabata in the outfieldd in 2008-2009 but damon's not getting any younger. i just think it sends up a red flag that pittsburg would deal a supposedly top notch closer for melky. would bj ryan, billy wagner, gagne at his peak have been traded for a guy of melky's calibre. no.
I really think the Yanks will try and give Sanchez a chance to win the setup role sometime this season. If he takes to it, then maybe we will see Mo's successor. I like Gonzalez, but if they trade Melky for him, the bench, which is already quite weak, really really suffers.