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Scott Proctor and Sean Henn for Juan Pierre? Yes, Please!
Friday, December 02, 2005
note to Bubba Crosby: You can't do this. Go sit on the bench.

The latest and greatest (in my opinion) trade rumor of late is that involving current Mariner Juan Pierre. The Mariners are apparently eager to add Pierre to their fire sale list and have asked the Yanks for pitchers Sean Henn and Scott Proctor. While I’m trying not to get too excited about this trade, the Yankees are apparently at least considering the Marlins’ offer and haven’t rejected it yet. For Pierre, the deal would likely be for just one year, as he’s set for free agency after next season.

Pierre, who is a youthful 28 years old, has a lot to offer to the Yanks. He has a career BA of over .300, steals lots of bases and is considered to be one of the best bunters in the league. He doesn’t hit a lot of home runs, but he is very speedy and manufacturers doubles and triples. Pierre also walks about as often as he strikes out.

As for the players the Yanks would theoretically give up for Pierre, Proctor and Henn, I don’t see any reason not to turn them loose. Proctor let a ridiculous thirty earned runs in during the twenty-nine games he pitched in last year, including ten home runs. For his part, Henn allowed three home runs and fourteen earned runs in the three games he appeared in. I do think that those numbers are likely inflated – both Proctor and Henn were called up from AAA Columbus and the numbers don’t represent what they could possibly do in a full season.

Whether or not Henn and Proctor are capable of performing better in future seasons, the Yankees would be wise to sign Pierre. He’s young, he’s already proven his talent, and the Yankees will be lucky to get away with trading relatively expendable players.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, December 02, 2005  
  • At 11:49 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    Everything I've read about this rumor says the Marlins want Cano too.

    Would you make the deal if you had to part with Cano? I think he has a legitimate shot to be a star, and if you trade him you're stuck with a hole at second base.

    Although the crop of two-baggers available this year is slightly better than the crop of center fielders. Too bad they couldn't have somehow gotten Pierre and Luis Castillo all at once from the Marlins fire sale.

  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger Jon Williams said…

    PLease please let this trade happen!!!

  • At 8:32 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    I still doubt that Cano will be dealt.

    Of course I wouldn't be for this deal if we had to part with cano. the reason i LIKE this trade is that we would lose relatively expendable players, not cano.

  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger Jon Williams said…

    I'm all for keeping Cano if we can get Pierre without him. I just think I'd prefer Pierre and say Todd Walker to Cano/Crosby.

  • At 2:06 AM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    If the deal could be had without parting with Cano I'd be all for it too. I would hate to see the Yanks deal away another prospect who is ready for the show and has a really high upside for yet another veteran.

    At the same time thought the second basemen that are available are certainly better than the center fielders who are available.

    Of course, I'm a little biased on the Juan Pierre thing. I remember watching him his rookie year in Colorado. I just don't know how well his style of offensive play translates to the American League.

  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Travis said…

    o much for this option, a rumor that could not be believed given the Marlins' (not the Mariners') asking price of other teams' top prospects in their negotiations.

    For the record, Hennwas initially called up from AA Trenton, not Columbus, on May 4th, to start for (insert name of injured old guy), and got shellacked in his only appearance before being sent back down, to AAA this time. He pitched well there too, but poorly in two June appearances in the majors. His minor league numbers indicate a reasonabnle chance of success in the majors, but probably as a #4 starter or long reliever. He's left-handed and can breathe without a respirator, so he'll get plenty of chances to prove whether or not he can pitch.

    Proctor is 28 and hasn't knocked anybody's socks off in the minors so far, so bullpen fodder is probably his upside.

    In my opinion, the Yankees would do well to seriously consider offers for Chien Ming Wang, if it would help the CF problem. His hype is high right now, since he helped keep the Yanks from falling out of contention when their starters were dropping like flies, but he doesn't miss bats, and righties who hardly ever strike anyone out tend not to succeed for long at the major league level. But then the Yankees aren't know for their propensity for taking risks with their major league pitching staff, so I don't expect this to happen.

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