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June 29, 2005

Quantrill For Juan Encarnacion?

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Since the 2003 World Series, the Yankees have been enamored with Juan Pierre. They may settle for another Marlins outfielder to fill their need in center field.

According to a National League source, the Yankees have inquired about Juan Encarnacion. Their interest could intensity if they can't pry Mark Kotsay, considered their top target, from the Oakland Athletics. The center field situation has reached a critical point in the Bronx, where the Yankees have resorted to using Tony Womack in the spot Bernie Williams can no longer anchor.

The Marlins continue to tell teams relief help is their top priority leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. The Marlins have liked Paul Quantrill in the past and the Yankees are desperate to move him.

I like this move if the intent is to bring in Encarnacion - who once hit a very, very, long HR in Yankee Stadium - just to play late inning defense and be a pinch-runner, etc.

As a hitter, he's pretty bad. Think Tony Clark, like he was last year, and apply that. It's not Womack-bad. But, it's basically some HRs, lots of whiffs, few walks, and a low BA. Not exactly the FT answer to the Yankees CF needs.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 29, 2005 03:35 PM


His hr came off of Ramiro if I remember correctly. It was probably the most impressive shot I've ever seen at Yankee stadium.

I like this trade as it would cut loose Quantrill who is a sunk cost at this point. And Encarnacion has shown a little more patience at the bat this year. I think he's an above average fielder as well. It's obviously not a big move, but it's one in the right direction.

Posted by: Nick at June 29, 2005 03:51 PM

LF bleachers, a hell of a shot. More impressive than Buhner almost hitting the ambulance in LF in 1992.

If it keeps Womack out of the lineup, so be it. Make the deal.

Any word on Preston Wilson?

Posted by: Raf at June 29, 2005 04:08 PM

Everything I've seen says the Yanks have zero interest in Wilson.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 29, 2005 04:38 PM

It was 'Doza that gave up the 477-ft. bomb into the left field bleachers - July 24, 2001.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 29, 2005 04:50 PM

What do you know about Pierre's arm?

Other than that uncertainty - I want him.

Posted by: Patrick at June 30, 2005 01:29 PM

//What do you know about Pierre's arm?//

Can't be worse than Bernie's (:

Posted by: Raf at June 30, 2005 02:35 PM

It's close.
They're both rainbow makers.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi at June 30, 2005 03:45 PM