December 19, 2010

Greinke wasn’t the answer for Yankees

Zack Greinke is now a Brewer after reporters confirmed last night’s rumor. With the Red Sox catching every free agent they cast their line at, fans were looking for the Yankees to make a splash of their own. But Greinke was not the answer, as Jon Heyman tweeted last week.

KC trying to involve #yankees in greinke but nyy hesitant to risk him in NYC.

So who is the answer? You might be disappointed.

Brian Cashman hinted the answer may not come until the All-Star break.

“Will we solve all the problems we have now?” Cashman said. “I don't want to mislead anyone and say yes. It doesn't all have to happen in the wintertime.'”

But don’t fret, Yankees fans, most of the high caliber players available this offseason are already spoken for and a desperation move now might force the Yankees to overpay. Better options at better prices could become available in the first few months of the season.

As for Greinke, I was never a fan, especially after he cost me $100 in a lost bet. But seriously, I think he was overhyped. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick thinks so too.

For all the hype surrounding Greinke, he's not at the caliber of a Halladay or a Sabathia just yet. He's had one transcendent year, when he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA to win the AL Cy Young Award in 2009. This year he went 10-14 with an ERA of 4.17. Greinke's ERA+, which accounts for ballpark factors, was 100 -- or exactly league average.

OK. So, again, who is the answer for the Yankees? Well, one lesson all fans have learned is to think big with the Yankees, as in Felix Hernandez big. Heyman says:

king felix doesnt have #yankees on no-trade list bec he fears nyc. rather, it appears strategic -- 10 biggest markets r on list

Hernandez’s strategy seems to be that by putting the biggest market teams on his no-trade list so he can extract a bigger payday if the Mariners try to trade him to one of those teams. Hernandez still would have to approve any deal to a team on his no-trade list.

Hernandez and Sabathia in the same rotation? Oh my. I’ll take those two over Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

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