Friday, November 10, 2006

Sheffield traded

The Yankees have traded OF Gary Sheffield to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects, the Tigers announced today. Whilst everyone waits for word on the Japanese pitcher, the Yankees quietly stole the limelight by making a move which has impressed Yankee fans.

I am not a Minor League expert but I have heard good things about the top prospect in the deal, Humberto Sanchez. He is a 6ft6", right handed pitcher, who was ranked by Baseball America as the #3 prospect in the Tigers organisation. Also traded was #8 prospect Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett.

Sanchez split time in 2006 with AAA and AA whilst both other pitchers spent the year in A ball. The Yankees have seemingly not sent any money to the Tigers as part of the deal. Some fans had questioned why the Yankees had turned down a Scott Linebrink for Sheffield deal earlier in the week, but this is a better deal, one top ranked prospect in the upper levels and two good prospects for the farm.

As I've stated previously I'm no mL expert but from what I read elsewhere, the Yankees have done very well considering they could've got nothing for him had they not exercised their option.

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At 12:04 am, Blogger Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Hi guys,

This was a money dump. Sanchez has a history of arm trouble. He's a Tommy John surgery waiting to happen.

At 12:09 am, Blogger Neil M said...

I've heard he has a history of weight/arm issues, his elbow was barking last year, but when healthy he was extremely impressive.

A lot of Tigers fans I've read were high on Whelan, do you know much about him? One site I read had him as the closer of the future until Zumaya moved to the 'pen last year.


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