Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cashman makes a Wright move?

New York Yankee fans can rejoice as pending approval from the commissioners office, Jaret Wright has been traded for RHP Chris Britton and cash to the Baltimore Orioles.

Wright, whose option is due today will be reunited with old pitching coach Leo Mazzone, but I doubt many Yankee fans give two hoots about that, they want to know how about whose we've got for the overpaid starter.

Chris Britton is a 278lbs monster who was the Orioles 8th inning guy last term. At just 23 years of age, the pitcher is still considered a prospect. His main asset is that righties hit just .186 off him last year, however lefties pounded him for a .301 average.

He was optioned back to AAA at the end of the season as his pre (2.20) and post (5.14) All Star ERA's are quite different. His fastball sits in the 89-92 range, which worried manager Sam Perlozzo before last season, "You can be a two-pitch pitcher and do something like that, but if you're a straight fastball guy and you're not throwing more than 96 or 97 mph, then you better have something else to get them off your heater."

The Yankees will also send money, believed to be $4m to the Orioles, which will cover the amount they would have to pay Wright anyway to buy him out of his contract for this year. Overall I'm certainly not sold on Britton, but essentially he is a free player for Wright, and at worst he will add a live arm to the 'pen and take some pressure off of Scott Proctor's shoulders.

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