July 21, 2007
Proctor For Wigginton?
From the Post -
Earlier this week the Devil Rays believed it would take more than Scott Proctor for the Yankees to pry utility man Ty Wigginton away from them. Now, according to multiple sources, the Devil Rays would make the trade. And though it's not clear if the Yankees have made an offer, they have been talking to the Devil Rays and have discussed converting stud prospect Joba Chamberlain from Double-A starter to big-league reliever to take Proctor's place.
"They don't want anything else of significance," a source said of the Devil Rays' plans. "They are ready to make the deal."
Because the Yankees are looking to upgrade their bullpen, deleting the disappointing Proctor seemingly hurts their weakest unit. Nevertheless, elevating Chamberlain from Trenton (Double-A) and using him in relief could more than fill the vacancy. They also could bring up lefty Sean Henn from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A).
GM Brian Cashman was in New Britain last night to watch Chamberlain pitch. In six starts for Trenton, Chamberlain was 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA. In 342/3innings, Chamberlain had fanned 57 and walked 12.
I know that Everyday Scottie Proctor has been terrible the last four weeks. And, I know that he's had terrible control this season. And, I know that he can't pitch against Boston. But, to be candid, I like the guy and will miss his tough-guy attitude towards the game - if the Yankees trade him. And, it sure seems like the Yankees are looking to trade him for somebody over the next ten days.
And, the Yankees better realize that Proctor gives them two-thirds of an inning per every game in the season, on average. That's close to four innings per week from Proctor. If they expect Chamberlain to work at that pace, they're going to fry the kid's arm in a hurry - and that would be a crime.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at July 21, 2007 08:35 AM
I went to see Chamberlain and Horne pitch last night in New Britain. (Amazing how many people did not recognize Reggie ). Joba was not good.
Gave up three solo dingers in the first two innings. Hit 97 consistently but had no command.
Granted it's his first clunker but he's not ready for the pressure cooker of the Yankee pen.
I'd like Wiggington but not at the expense of Proctor only because i don't think they adequately replace him.
If we pay Farnsworth's contract, could Wigginton for Farnsworth work? I really don't want to give up Proctor, not only because my blog is named after him, but he pitches so many innings for this team.
Posted by: Andrew at July 21, 2007 10:22 AM
It's like we're in bizarro world. The Yankees have a huge weakness -- their bullpen. So what do they want to do? Weaken the weakness.
They cannot trade Scott Proctor right now. Sean Henn, T.J. Beam, Eddie Ramirez, Chris Britton -- none of these guys can replace Proctor. And with Farnsworth unable to even get out of a single inning anymore, Proctor is more important than ever.
There was a rumor today that the Rockies like Farnsworth, but want the Yanks to pick up most of his salary. MAKE THAT DEAL. If the Yankees are paying his salary, then demand something in return. But dump Farnsworth any way you can, keep Proctor, and use Britton or Ramirez.
Also, please forget about this idea of using Joba as a setup man. For the love of God, that is a stupid idea. We don't need him coming up here overthrowing, blowing out his arm.
Don't judge him based on that game last night. That's not who Joba is. He's a power/control guy and it was the worst start of his entire career. He is actually as good as advertised.
I don't doubt he can handle the pressures of New York -- I just want him to handle them as a starting pitcher next year.
With how Mussina has pitched lately, we'll more than likely be seeing a rotation of Hughes, Chamberlain and Kennedy next year.
I just figured it was a given that the yanks would eat Farns-no-worth's salary.Just dump him.
To turn that down and consider moving Proctor really makes me wonder Cashmans plan.