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A Trade! Minor Leaguer Ben Julianel for lefty Ron Villone
Friday, December 16, 2005
Mark that bullpen continually “bolstered”. After signing Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Myers this month, the Yanks made one more move to improve their pitching. The Yanks executed a trade today that brought veteran lefty Ron Villone in from the Marlins in exchange for twenty-six year old pitching prospect Ben Juliane.

Ron Villone
Age: 35
Teams: Seattle, San Diego, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Pittsburg, Florida
Career ERA: 4.75
2005 ERA: 4.08Career WHIP: 1.4862005 WHIP: 1.438

Ben Julianel
Age: 25
Teams: Peoria Cheifs, Tampa Yankees, Trenton Thunder
2005 ERA: 3.90
2005 WHIP: 1.58

Some critics have scoffed at this trade, wondering why a young prospect would be traded for a veteran with similar career stats. While I see where they are coming from, the fact of the matter is that a twenty-five year old pitcher that hasn’t made it out of AA yet likely would not perform very well in a major league setting.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, December 16, 2005  
  • At 2:00 AM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    I think it's important to also mention that the Yankees will use Ron as he's meant to be used, in a manner similar to Myers.

    Ron held left-handed batters to a .222 average with no long balls and only three extra base hits. If the Yanks do a good job of keeping him off the field against tough right-handed hitters he'll put number similar to what he was doing in Seattle, where his ERA was two-point something...(slipping my mind and not willing to look it up.)

    That 4.08 from last year includes being badly misused in Florida.

    I'm a Villone fan. I remember liking him when I got to watch him at Coors Field back in 2001, which was also a case of him being badly misused before the Rockies traded him to the Astros that year.

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