Thursday, January 4, 2007
According to FOXSPORTS.com, the Yankees and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade. The Diamondbacks trade Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf, Steven Jackson, and Alberto Gonzalez to the Yankees for Randy Johnson and cash. The Yankees will pay about two million dollars. Johnson, who went 17-11 with a 5.00 ERA will probably become the number two starter behind Brandon Webb. However, once the Diamondbacks review him for themselves, he may be slotted in the number three spot to even out their rotation:
The Yankees aqcuire Luis Vizcaino, who went 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA, but is one year away from free agency. Ross Ohlendorf went 10-8 with a 3.29 ERA will most likely start the year in Triple- A along with Alberto Gonzalez, who batted .290 with 6 HR and 50 RBI.
The Yankees rotation is now more weaker than it was before the trade:
It is uncertain whether Carl Pavano will be ready for Spring Training, still recovering from surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow. He also suffered to two fractured ribs in a car accident last August. When he does return, it is uncertain whether he can return to 2004 form, when he went 18-6 with a 3.00 ERA. Andy Pettitte had an off year last year going 14-13 but he might be able to turn it around with more run support and a better bullpen. Kei Igawa, who has never pitched in the majors and was not overly dominant in Japan is also a huge "if" in the number five spot in the rotation. However, the Yankees might acquire three prospects and clear up money that could help them trade for Dontrelle Willis or Johan Santana, or attempt to sign Carlos Zambrano, if he does not resign with the Cubs.