Good closers and solid relievers are a really nice weapon for your baseball team to have. The Red Sox traded a really nice prospect package to the Padres for Craig Kimbrel. The Brewers just traded away Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers for a prospect and Art Pitbanal. Relievers like Darren O'Day and Joakim Soria are reportedly seeking contracts in the three to four year range, similar to what Andrew Miller got from the Yankees. Speaking of the game enderer, there are talks that the Yankees might be willing to trade Miller if the price was right.
Miller's game endering abilities were second to none in the American League this year, earning him the Mariano Rivera Best Reliever award. For the record, I never get tired of typing that. If a team out there wanted him, they would have to supposedly blow Cashman and the Yankees away with the offer. This comes on the heels of Hal saying that if they were to acquire a new starting pitcher, it would probably be via a trade rather than free agency. It's a tough call.The Yankees can very easily slot Dellin Betances into the closer's role and have Justin Wilson take over for Betances in the 8th inning. Getting to them is another matter all together, as we saw in the last few months of the year. Then you read things like this with the Marlins and Loria's World, and you start to wonder. Could Andrew Miller be included in a package to get us Jose Fernandez? This is purely a fantasy of course, but it's that kind of reasoning as to why Cashman should absolutely listen to all offers presented to him. The Blue Jays getting Josh Donaldson for Brett Lawrie and friends is proof enough of that.
Comments of the Day
I'd really like Zack Grienke.
Yankee fans regarding David Ortiz and a possible farewell tour.
GIF of the Day
This is one of my all time favorite Looney Tunes cartoons.
Honorable Mod Mention
All the mods win as we suffer through Waitvember's endless waiting.
- Would you trade Andrew Miller in some kind of deal to get Jose Fernandez?
- Best salad dressing?
Song of the Day
The Barber Of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
It's Compositions week on Pinstripe Alley. Perhaps cartoon compositions would have been a better name for this week's theme. For the record, I still know all the lyrics to The Rabbit of Seville, the inspiration for today's SOTD. As always, please link us your song of the day.
Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day. Jose Fernandez needs to come to the Yankees. Get it done, Cash!