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December 06, 2005

Marlins To Help Yankees, Sorta?

From Newsday -

While the cost-cutting Marlins still are refusing to lower their asking price of Robinson Cano for Juan Pierre, they have begun to tell teams that every player on their roster - including Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera - is available for the right price.

The Yankees threw out the names of Cano and Chien-Ming Wang in passing as possibilities for Willis, the Marlins' dynamic lefthander, but the Marlins told them it would take a lot more than that, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The Rangers are one of several teams talking to the Marlins about Pierre, which could benefit the Yankees. If the Rangers acquire Pierre, the Yankees would have interest in Gary Matthews Jr., whom they scouted extensively last July.

A month ago, I said that I would be happy with Gary Matthews Jr. playing CF in the Bronx next year and batting 9th for the team.

If this can happen because the Marlins would send Pierre to Texas, then thank you Jeffrey Loria.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 6, 2005 11:55 PM

Comments

Pierre was traded to the Cubs for three pitchers. If your Gary Matthews wish is to come true, it'll have to be Damon signing in Arlington and then the Rangers trading Matthews to the Bronx to make room. I don't see that happening so I guess it's back to the drawing board.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2005 09:31 AM

As Omar Minaya would say: that said, at the end of the day, would the Yankees be interested in Laynce Nix instead? A guy with a lot of upside but no proven track record (who had one good half of a season in 2004).

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2005 10:00 AM

As Omar Minaya would say: that said, at the end of the day, would the Yankees be interested in Laynce Nix instead? A guy with a lot of upside but no proven track record (who had one good half of a season in 2004).
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Hey, it worked for Cano.

I think they should look into getting Nix. Still has a bit of upside

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2005 11:04 AM

I read that the Rangers are down on Nix too - because he would not play winter ball. Maybe there's a love connection to be made here?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2005 11:18 AM