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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yanks talking with Nats?

The Yankees and Nationals have had discussions that would land New York a starting pitcher, possibly right-hander Edwin Jackson, a source said on Thursday. 

The idea was first mentioned a few weeks ago, when the same source mentioned that his club was working on a "big" trade. 

The deal would involve Eduardo Nunez as its key piece and could include Tampa southpaw Nik Turley (currently dealing with blister issues) and an outfielder from Charleston.

The source said the teams' talks have cooled since the first time he mentioned the possibility of the trade, but he wouldn't be surprised if they resurfaced in the future, depending on how both teams are doing as the July 31 deadline approaches. 

The source didn't mention Jackson by name, but the Nationals aren't going to deal Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann or Gio Gonzalez, and there's not much else besides Jackson in that rotation worth acquiring at the price of Nunez and prospects.

Chien-Ming Wang wasn't healthy at the time the trade was first brought up, and neither Ross Detwiler or John Lanaan would warrant the "big" tag, as far as deals go. 

Plus, because Jackson is on a one-year deal with Washington, he would fit in with the organization's desire to lower payroll in the future and could give the club a boost down the stretch if the Yankees are in contention. 

A Yankees official this morning said he hadn't heard about the deal but "wouldn't be surprised" based on the organization's feelings about Jackson. 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

a few months ago ,jackson was a free agent, now cashman wants to trade 3 prospects for him, am i the only person who sees this a a fools move.? cashman is incompetent and should be fired!

June 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM 
Blogger Peter Lacock said...

There's so much that can be said about this, it's too much.
To start with I think there's a lot more to this story and there are other rumors involving Atlanta, the Cubs et al.
I also think the best people are running the show and right now they're working on the draft.
I'll leave it at that.

June 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM 
Blogger Josh Norris said...

Peter, I'm not sure what this means. Are you taking a shot at me, this story, or what?

June 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh no one is calling you or anyone out. Most of us Yankees fans are sick of how the organization is run. Hal stinks. Levine stinks. Cashman stinks. Girardi is incompetent. There is zero to like about the NY Yankees at this time. As a fan I am rooting for them to lose!

June 2, 2012 at 7:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this isn't a panic move by Cashman. I am sure that after the debacle of the Montero trade maybe he feels he needs to do something. Giving up anything of value for Jackson smells of desperation.

June 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM 
Blogger Peter Lacock said...

Absolutely not a shot at you or the story and I never would, unless you started talking like anonymous (who is not a Yankee or Thunder fan). I suspect you would never stoop to trolling.

There have been rumors of a Nunez trade to Atlanta and other teams.
There have been rumors of Garza and other SP's NYY were interested in.
Jackson is speculation in this rumor.
The Dogs OF is speculation.
Define 'big'.
I could make a case for any of the Nats SP's except Wang (he ain't coming).
Mason Williams, Nunez and Turley is a lot.
This rumor is from weeks or months ago so it's out of context.
There's just not enough facts known about this to say much more,
other than,
The best people are in charge and they'll do the best thing when the time comes.

Congrats to Tony on 1000!

June 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to worry, this trade has ZERO chance of happening unless the Nationals completely fall apart over the next few weeks (and they currently have the second best record in MLB). Stop and think: whatever you think about the Yankee end of it, why on Earth would the Nationals make this trade? Their starting pitching is the reason for their success, and they are counting on Jackson to absorb innings for Strasburg. Nunez doesn't have much value for them; he doesn't fill a need. The Nationals have Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond at 3b and SS. They have two players duking it out for second base, Danny Espinosa (who had 21 HR last year) and Steve Lombardozzi (.299/.369/.385), both of whom are better defenders than Nunez AND are under team control for years. Give up an above-average #4 starter for a bench guy and two A ball players? Not happening.

Barring a catastrophe the Nationals aren't going to be sellers at the deadline, they're going to be buyers. If Brett Gardner were healthy he might be worth it to the Nats to trade Jackson - but the Yankees aren't going to make that trade. Nothing to see here, move along.

-Yankee Fan in DC

June 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM 

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