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Yankees Finally Make Moves in Final Day of Winter Meetings: Adios Tony Womack, Hello Mike Myers
Thursday, December 08, 2005
After sitting idly by and watching other clubs make all the gutsy moves in Dallas, the Yankees made some deals today. Here’s what went down today in Texas:

- Mike Myers: The Yanks snapped up one of the few free agents left and signed him to a two year deal today. If you’re not sure who he is, this is the lefty cat whose knuckles nearly scrape the ground as he pitches. His career ERA is 4.30 (just 3.13 with the Red Sox last year) and his walk-to-strike-out ratio is decent. He wouldn’t be my first choice, probably, but as I said, pickings are slim this year and I think he is a good pickup.

- Tony Womack to Cincinnati: Tony’s abysmal run in the Bronx has come to an end. The Yanks dealt him to the Reds in exchange for two minor leaguers and $900,000 of Tony’s contract. Both of the minor leaguers – a third baseman and an outfielder (!) - did very well last season and are considered top prospects. As for Tony, I’m sure he’s a great guy, but I definitely breathed a sigh of relief when I read that headline. I wonder how much worse our season could have been if Cano hadn’t been called up?! Perhaps he’ll do better on the lower-pressure Reds.
posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, December 08, 2005  
  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Lance Richardson said…

    I think those "prospects" obtained for Womack are both about 24 years old, and still in A-ball. Truth is, the Yankees were probably shocked to even get a couple of warm bodies for the pile-o-crap better known as Tony Womack.

  • At 6:20 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    i was hoping that the red would maybe send some good food our way in return for tony...

    from what i've read the prospects - though they're oldish - are actually pretty talented. perhaps they are not mlb's top prospects, but according to cincinati they were thought to be good. who knows with those ohians though!

  • At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got flashbacks to the Yankees snatching up Alan Embree once the Sox released him. I think Boston was foolish to have let Myers go to free agency not once but twice (they traded to get him back in the middle of last season).

    I was always rather amused to see Womack patrolling left field. He looked so lost and worried, like a little league kid who had wondered onto the field and was put in a uniform. Too bad that's done.

    By the way, I'm from the Baseball Fever forum -- I decided to check out the link after your kind words on John Olerud. Just wanted to drop that in because I hate it when people respond anonymously to blogs. I'm just not registered with blogger.com

  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger Lance Richardson said…

    Do you really think that if the Reds thought those guys were any good they'd have traded them for TONY WOMACK?!?!?

  • At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think it's fair to say "They're 24 and both still in A ball, so they can't be good."

    Neither one is regarded as a top prospect, but both of them could see time in the show a few years down the road.

    Himes hit something around .314 in his 3-year college career, but appeared to have problems with his swing last year. According to most scouts he projects as a .240ish big league hitter who will stick around because he has a slick glove and a plus arm from all three outfield spots.

    Howard was a near .400 hitter in college, which is more like what you want to see out of a college prospect. He was a 5th round draft who someone in Reds front office (typically credited to Paul Pierson, but no confirmed) called "Disappointing, he doesn't seem to want to accept our direction."

    The kid was a nearly .300 hitter at AA last year, and I think he was dealt just so they could change his scenery.

    Sure, the Yanks may not have gotten top prospects for Tony Womack...but for God's sake it was Tony Womack. :) We certainly weren't going to get a Jay Bruce or Homer Bailey type talent for him...

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