Cano moved to 2B for a showcase
According to Lee Sinins' ATM Report:
According to NY Newsday, the reason why the Yankees moved minor league 2B Robinson Cano to 3B was the Mariners requested it.
According to the paper, "Asked if Cano had been switched for a showcase, a Yankee official would not be specific but said, 'Somebody wanted to see him play third, yes. You can read into that.'
"The Royals also have had scouts watching Trenton and they have professed a desire to get a third baseman in return for center fielder Carlos Beltran. The Royals also reportedly want a catcher, and the Yanks' top prospect, Dioner Navarro, is the catcher at Trenton."
I'm not happy with the prospect of giving up two of our top prospects for Freddy Garcia. I read somewhere else that the Yankees would do it only if they could sign Garcia to a contract extension, but I don't think it would be much of a problem with him, as opposed to Beltran. I'm glad the Yanks are concentrating on pitching instead of hitting (and Beltran) considering their offense is fantastic. The thing that worries me about Garcia is his last years' numbers. The Mariners weren't half bad last year, but he struggled all year long and ended up with a 4.52 ERA. The good things about Garcia are his age (only 28) and his reliability (33+ starts since 2001). His best year was 2001, but his 2002 and 2003 seasons were mediocre at best. This year, of course, he's pitching much better with a 3.23 ERA and 2.64 K/BB, which is good, but not fantastic.
Is there anyone else we can get that wouldn't cost us so much? Couldn't we give our young guys a chance? Posada isn't getting any younger, and good catchers are hard to come by. Trading Novarro insures that we're going to be spending big on some free agent catcher 3 years from now. Ah well, I guess being a Yankee fan means not looking out into the future too far. And we DO need some pitching help.
posted by shawn
: 6/18/2004 01:44:00 PM -