Ok so lately you A-rod strokers have attacked the Master for speculating on a megadeal that has not happened. You have mistakenly accused the Great One of fabricating rumors out of thin air. You have erroneously charged the Wise One with the crime of propaganda. The error of your ways shall be revealed in the following post and you will learn humility before the Master. For those who resist, the path to Enlightenment shall bring pain equivalent to the force of resistance. Open your minds to the transpirings of the ancient ways and you shall attain the mystical powers of eternal light. Meditate on the following post and asorb the Yankees lifespring exuding from the Sage's radiance. Contemplate. Soar like an eagle on the rooftop of the world, viewing all life from every angle and you shall uncover the infinite possibilities of reality. Your first task is to read the following clues. Remember, if your conciousness rises to new levels of awareness, you will want to know more. You will want to learn more. Remember to pay homage to your Master if you seek further truths.
Baseball Prospectus, Will Carroll, December 25th, 2006
There are also several trades in the works, including the long-rumored Randy Johnson to Arizona deal and one three-team deal that has three BIG names. I⁈⁚m going to tease you with the last one because it⁈⁚s close enough that reporting it just might jinx it.
Baseball Prospectus, Will Carroll, December 26th, 2006
Oh, the tease. While I can⁈⁚t give specifics on the deal, there are still at least six teams involved in some discussions centering on Atlanta⁈ ¦The three team deal that seemed close over the weekend doesn⁈⁚t seem so close now as the complexity has increased. Remember that John Schuerholz is normally a slow worker, so quiet on this front doesn⁈⁚t mean that nothing is happening.
Hopefully this keeps everyone happy. It certainly gives a lot of teams something to talk about, think about, or just ignore.
You have reached the second stage of higher consciousness having competed your first task.
Yankeefan7's source provided the names of possible teams involved. Will Carroll says there are possibly 6 teams with discussions centering on the Braves. Yankeefan7's source once identified those teams as: Yankees, Braves, White Sox, Texas and another team, possibly the Dodgers or Angels.
Your next task is to think about big name players on each team with contract status that would require utmost secrecy. You must also consider big name players on each team who have contracts that will soon expire. Another thing to think about is the influence of Scott Boras, a man who represents many players on the mentioned teams. He will be looking to remove them from financially strapped teams and deliver them to more lucrative markets. Boras analyzes budgets.
Here are some intriguing notes:
Yankees: looking to reduce payroll below luxury tax threshold looking to upgrade defense, position prospects, lefty reliever, future catcher Key players: A-rod (2007 opt out clause, NTC, Boras client) Giambi (NTC)
Dodgers: Wealthy buyers looking for a big bat Key prospects blocked: Loney, Betemit, Laroche, Kemp Notable trade chips: Penny, Elbert, Kuo
Angels: Wealthy buyers looking for a big bat Key prospects blocked: Kotchman, Aybar, Mathis Notable trade chips: Santana, Figgins, Adenhart, Woods
Rangers: Indebted sellers looking to trim payroll looking for pitching and cost controlled position players Teixeira (Free agent after 2008-Boras client) Notable trade chips: Teixeira, Blalock Still owe A-rod 52 million dollars
White Sox: Wealthy buyers who covet Andruw Jones Key prospects blocked: Josh Fields, Ryan Sweeney Crede (free agent after 2007, Boras client)
Braves: Sellers looking to trim payroll Looking for cost controlled players at cf, 1b, 3b or lf, 2b, bullpen Andruw Jones (Free agent after 2007, NTC, Boras client) Key prospects blocked: Saltalamacchia
There are 5 teams rumored according to Yankeefan7's scout source: Yankees, Rangers, Braves, White Sox and either the Dodgers or Angels (whichever team wants A-rod more). Here are my speculations...
Yankees Get: Joe Crede-gold glove third baseman, righty with 30 HR power (from ChiSox) Scott Elbert-lefty starter, top 5 pitching prospect in baseball (from Dodgers) Jarrod Saltalamacchia-top 3 catching prospect in baseball (from Braves) Matt Thornton-lefty reliever (from ChiSox)
Dodgers Get: A-rod Cash from Rangers
Rangers Get: Brad Penny-starting pitcher (from Dodgers) James Loney-top 5 1b prospect in baseball (from Dodgers) Wilson Betemit-3b (from Dodgers) Jeff Francouer-rf (from Braves) 52 million debt relief if Dodgers award A-rod new contract for waiving his no-trade clause
White Sox Get: Andruw Jones-cf (from Braves)
Braves: Mark Teixeira-1b (from Rangers) Hank Blalock-3b (from Rangers) Brian Anderson-cf (from ChiSox) Ryan Sweeney-rf, top hitting prospect (from ChiSox) Kyle Farnsworth-closer (from Yankees)
* Giambi could be moving to the Angels in this deal which really adds more prospects to the mix coming and going.
An interesting fantasy...but a fantasy it is. There never has been a trade anything like that in major history, that much talent, thant much money, that many players, and that many teams.
There's a good reason for this. When you have 4-5 teams involved, somebody always reconsiders, thinking they're getting the short end of the deal. When that happens, the whole thing invariably falls apart.
If the Yanks really could get Crede AND Salatamacchia AND Elbert AND Thornton, I'd seriously have to consider letting A-Rod go. But they can't. And remember, if Crede's bad back gives way, that's an enormous hole the Yanks have no one ready to fill.
Well, Carroll mentions how JS is a slow mover but JS has just opened a nice cozy spot at 1b for Teixeira. He finally decided to trade Laroche for Mike Gonzalez.
At least you're one fan who understands the quality of talent the Yankees could get in this deal as speculated by the soothsayer, Master Wangkee.
Crede Elbert Saltalmacchia Thornton
Don't forget that adding Elbert allows the Yankees to deal a AAA arm or two for someone like Ryan Garko to play 1b. Even without Clippard, Karstens, Rasner, Ohlendorf or even Ian Kennedy, the Yankees would still be stocked with young high ceiling pitchers.
Wang Hughes Elbert Chamberlain Betances Sanchez
Perhaps an A-rod trade takes us a step closer to a Johan Santana acquisition.
Adding Elbert and Salty to our farm catapults it to a top 3 farm in baseball.