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Smiling Jack down at Dunder Mifflin pitched a very nice game last night. Chad Jennings, who has been doing a terrific job all season long, has the particulars. And Ben K over at River Ave Blues gives his take as well.
"A person familiar with the Seattle Mariners... said a possible trade of lefty Jarrod Washburn to the Yankees has "got legs" and predicted "something will happen there."
"... but the Mariners aren't sold on Igawa. One area of need for Seattle in in center field, and while the Yankees have put Double-A Trenton's Austin Jackson off-limits, Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera could be discussed."
These last 6 games have been so great We have gone from dogs to legit contender. Just the THOUGHT of trading Melky for Washburn makes me sick to my stomach!
So it ain't so Brian!
He's wrong. Seattle has a CF, his name is Ichiro Suzuki. They are stupidly playing him in RF while letting Wladimir Balentien rot in the minors (he's hitting .259/.360/.578). The Ms need to get their brains out of their behinds, call up Balentin and play him in RF, and move Ichiro back to CF. Problem solved!
I wouldn't worry too much. Sounds like bull to me.
1 6 me too oyf - but i also think it is crap.
anyway - nice to see that guy pictured a top this page pitching well his last few starts. read the chad jennings piece - glad he has had some time to work on his slight mechanical issues that was impacting his location. this is what should have happened the first time he was sent down - but poor igawa is so useless the yanks were afarid to bring him up for a few starts (not that i really blame them).
the snacks experience has worked out - he has pitched just well enough to allow the yanks to win his starts(although it has been filled with plenty of scary innings, along with a good bit of run support)and it has allowed ipk a more reasonable stint in the minors.
8 Actually, I would think Igawa would be productive for the M's, at least in Safeco. It should become apparent that Igawa isn't in the Yankees' present and future, so may as well put him in their past.
Just one note to consider on this: Kennedy was pitching against the Richmond Braves - and they have the worst team offense in the International League (at this moment).
Granted, Lehigh Valley has the third lowest team OPS in the International League - and is only 6 points away from having the worst team OPS in the I.L.
My enthusiasm is tempered a bit, but only a little bit.
For the rest of this season, anyway. After that - or sooner, if they fall out of it - I hope they do trade him, even selling low. Then maybe they'd go out and find a decent player for center field.
Kennedy is going to be at least a serviceable pitcher in the minors. Just because he's not Joba Chamberlain shouldn't be held against him. He's young and he pitched scared in the majors, while in the minors he has excellent control. I think it's more likely that the numbers with the Yankees are outliers. Eventually his control will come around at the major league level.
I don't think you can base IPK's future off of results alone, especially considering his limited resume. I also don't think it is a given that he will be much more than a league averagish pitcher, which doesn't make him a top prospect in my book.
He shouldn't be traded for peanuts.
So no, starting pitching is not this team's problem. Washburn may still be a good pickup if they can get him cheap, especially considering his record against AL East teams (as Cliff mentioned yesterday). Then gain, he'll be making $9 million next year, so he may not be so easy to trade to create room in the rotation.
Aaron Gleeman has a great post from earlier this year, or maybe end of last year, comparing someone - I forget who - to Brad Radke. The point is, with guys who's primary weapon is command and control, like IPK, you have to be a little more patient. (Even Mad Dog took a couple years to get going.)
In any case, selling low on IPK would be a mistake.
Seattle is indeed a mess, but they moved Ichiro out of CF when the manager changed and apparently he wanted the move, too. The story was a bit weird; he was getting too tired in CF chasing too many balls that sloppy cornermen (Ibanez can still rake, and will likely go NL in a few days, but is a TERRIBLE OF now.) waited for him to run down in their territory.
Thames would be a great platoon bat but his numbers are off the charts right now AND Tigers are (anyone notice?) back in the Central hunt AND the wild card chase. No move for the future from them right now.
In general, I admit I find it funny when people keep naming lust-object pkayers (Bay, for example) and saying 'IF we could get them cheaply enough' ... if we could, we'd have them by now, or someone else would.
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