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Yankees among teams interested in Brett Anderson

Dec 3, 2013, 11:17 PM EST

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A’s GM Billy Beane is not done making moves.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Tuesday evening that Oakland is “likely to deal” left-hander Brett Anderson at next week’s Winter Meetings and lists the Yankees among the teams showing trade interest. The Blue Jays, Royals, Indians, Twins and Mariners are also thought to be in the hunt.

Anderson has been limited to 79 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2012 season due to a range of arm and leg injuries, but he’s only 25 years old and boasts a 3.81 career ERA at the major league level.

The former second-round pick will make an $8 million salary in 2014.

He carries a $12 million club option for the 2015 season.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I can’t recall a baseball off season where there has been this much activity BEFORE the Winter Meetings ever, amazing.

    • cur68 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      The problem is that there are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there’s fifty feet of crap. And then there’s us…

      TG&PB

      • uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        My friend, I’m not sure there are many “poor teams”. Every team or at least virtually every team has extremely wealthy owners (corporate or individual). I think it’s probably more accurate to say there are “cheap” owners or if you prefer “very, very conservative owners”. That’s just my opinion.

      • basedrum777 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        If every owner treated owning a baseball team as a hobby (which it is) rather than a business (which it almost cannot be) then we’d all be better off and the Yankees wouldn’t look like so much of an outlier. Who made the most $ from baseball last year in terms of profit? The Florida Marlins if you believe Forbes Magazine.

      • APBA Guy - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        You have to applaud the G & P Beane. He never gives up.

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:13 AM

        Just for fun, I re-watched Moneyball the other evening. It was great. I really miss baseball right now. That line? “50 feet of crap. And then there’s us…”? That was a great line.

  2. southofheaven81 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Much as I loved what he did last year, it seems like Soriano would be a good trade piece to offer now that Ellsbury is a Yankee.

    • mikhelb - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      I think the A’s don’t want to get Soriano because of his price tag, maybe Gardner+Clairborne will get it done, specially after the Weeks trade.

      • larrymahnken - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        Soriano is only being paid $5 million by the Yankees in 2014. Gardner will probably make more than that.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:50 AM

        @ larrymahnken, actually MLBTR projects Gardner to make about $4MM this the final year of arbitration for him. They generally are pretty accurate with their projections, even if they are off a little I don’t think he’ll make more then $4.5MM.

        I can see Gardner potentially being traded he is the best chip the Yankees have and at a very reasonable $4MM +/- he plays a prime position that would appeal to several teams.

        The Yankees would then have a starting outfield of: Ellsbury (CF), Soriano (LF), Ichiro (RF) with Wells as the 4th outfielder and potentially Almonte as a possibility to fill in if needed. Almonte played in 34 games for the Yankees in 2013 and didn’t embarrass himself for a prospect.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        I can honestly see Claiborne as a potential closer of the future. I wouldn’t trade him.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Give Beane Ichiro. Beane loves outfielders

  4. slaugin - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    If you think the As rather have Soriano over good young prospects the other teams can provide your kidding yourself

    • basedrum777 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Don’t judge the aptitude of our front office by our fans wants/desires.

  5. stephenolszewski - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Don’t do it Cleveland for the love of god

  6. undeadjesus - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Even with the injury history, as a Twins fan I would be very pleased if they could manage to acquire Anderson to go along with Nolasco and Hughes.

  7. nyeagles10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Nunez wells and some NYC bagels. come Yankees play some moneyball

  8. twenty1miles - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Slow down, Cash.

  9. sawxalicious - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I don’t think the Yanks have the depth of prospects to beat out other teams…that being said, I’m sure the A’s would take Soriano if the Yanks picked up the vast majority of the money owed to him.

    • thevauntedchris - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:29 AM

      So a few million? Might want to check what the Yankees are actually on the hook for.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      @ sawxalicious, you make it sound as if Brett Anderson is the answer to every teams pitching needs, I’m not sure that’s an accurate appraisal. Anderson is a nice piece but that’s about all he is trading for him comes with several risks.

      First, aside from 2010 when he signed his current extension he hasn’t lived up to expectations.
      Second, is his injury history over the past 3 seasons he has only started 35 games and a total of 164 innings.
      Third, he’s scheduled to make $8MM in 2014 with a $1.5MM buyout if his 2015 $12MM team option isn’t picked up. That’s a lot of money.

      It’s just my opinion but even though there may be several showing interest in Anderson that’s a lot different then teams willing to pull the trigger on a trade.

      • basedrum777 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Brett Anderson, while he has some risk, would be immediately the 2nd best pitcher the Yankees have in the rotation. I like him a lot and knowing his stats from FBB I’d say they’d be stupid not to try to nab him now while his value is low. The cost related to his contract is very 2ndary to the Yankees and we all know that. Its whther they think he can stay healthy. Based upon 7 years to Ellsbury they’re feeling lucky right now. Jump in. (Yankees season ticket holder btw).

  10. cackalackyank - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    This crap is Ludicrous. 7/153 for an injury prone outfielder. Now people think about trading Gardner for an injury prone pitcher. Nuts.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Ellsbury really isn’t injury prone. Yes he’s missed time but much of that was due to collisions with other players. You rteally can no more call Ellsbury injury prone then you can Granderson for getting hit on wrist and suffering fractures. Sometime chit just happens.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Injury prone includes doing dumb stuff like running in to your own team mates. It translates that if there is a way to get hurt he finds it. Having an above average amount of “chit” happen to you than other players of similar age, skill set and position played= injury prone.

  11. historiophiliac - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Anderson!

    • APBA Guy - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Mr. Anderson, please.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        We are familiar cuz he’s from the Frying Pan too. :)

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