Posted by: Tom Duch | December 30, 2009

Duch Oven Report

In the MLB they call it the Hot Stove, but here on this website its the Duch Oven. The oven heated up during winter meetings and stayed hot for the next few weeks. Former Cy Young winners were on the move and the Yankees were wheelin’ and dealin’. Here are a few of the big trades and free agent pickups:

Happy Halladay

The biggest deal of the offseason came in a four team trade between the Phillies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Athletics. The deal sent former Cy Young winner Halladay to the two-time defending National League Champs, the Philadelphia Phillies. At the time it gave Philly a scary rotation with two former Cy Young winners, rising star Cole Hamels, and possibly a third Cy guy in Pedro Martinez. This rotation didn’t stay intact long because the Phils didn’t want to pony up the dough to pay Cliff Lee.

Lee – vin’ on a Jet Plane

The Phillies could have kept Lee but they didn’t want to take on a $160 mil team salary for the year. So instead of taking on a few million more and having arguably the best rotation in baseball, the 4 team trade ended up sending Lee off the Seattle.

Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride, now Curtis Granderson

After a 3 team deal between the Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks, Curtis Granderson will now be roaming center field for the World Champion New York Yankees. The Yanks had to give up Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke, and prospect Austin Jackson, but to pick up a speedy power-hitting All-Star to bat 2nd in an already potent lineup makes the Yankees even more dangerous in 2010.

Godzilla migrates west, Pettite stays put

The Yankees knew they would not be able to get everybody back this offseason, so they were going to have to let one or two key members of their world championship ball club go. The first to sign elsewhere was World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. Godzilla will be terrorizing Los Angeles next year after signing a one year deal with the Angels. After Matsui changed addresses the Yankees made the move to sign back Andy Pettite. Andy was a pivotal part of last years three-man rotation during the postseason, going a perfect 4-0 in the playoffs.

Javy New Year

In a 5 player trade that sent Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Braves, the Yankees aquired Javier Vasquez. This will be Vasquez’ second stint in pinstripes, and Yankee fans like me are hoping it will be more effective than his first. He did go 14-10 in his only season in New York, but his ERA of 4.91 was not one tolerated under the bright lights of NYC. Last season with the Braves, Vasquez went 15-10 with a career best 2.87 ERA. Numbers like that would be superb for a 3rd or 4th starter, but let’s see how he does when he has to deal with a DH again.

Red Sox not Lacking moves either

In response to the Granderson trade, the Red Sox made a big move of their own signing John Lackey to a 5 year deal worth $82.5 mil. Lackey has been a Yankee killer over the years, making the deal all the more favorable to RedSox Nation. Look forward to plenty of Lackey/Sabathia matchups next season. Boston made another move a few days later, signing Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal.

Go Your Own Bay

4 years and $66 million later, the Mets had agreed to terms with former Red Sock, Jason Bay. Bay had 36 and 119 for the Sox last season. The Mets payroll is high enough as it is, so what’s another $16 and a half mil a year?


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