Noowwww, the Johnson trade
But first — what exactly would it take for Bud Selig to veto a trade for the best interests of baseball? I’m not going to make a case that this should be the one, but if he (as he said he did) agonized over the Alex Rodriguez trade, then how in the world does he approve this one? I’m going to go have to look into the details of the luxury tax calculations (post to follow) but for now….
Randy Johnson for Javier Vazquez, Brad Halsey, Dioner Navarro, and $9m. Vazquez is owed $34.5m over the next three years of his contract. ($10.5, $11.5, $12.5).
So to the trade itself: I don’t know how long Randy can keep up being an elite pitcher, but until he explodes on the mound, projections are useless.
As for the Yankee prospects, I’ll wait to see what Dave says (Dave says they suck; see the comments), but I can’t believe there’s much of interest in that system and I won’t believe they’re any good until I see it. The Yankees are the greatest of all teams at the hype-and-trade, when they manage to get expectations about one of their guys blown way out proportion to their actual ability, spend the prospect in a trade, and they end up forgotten. This should give New York a true ace, moves Mussina to the two slot, and then.. Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano? I wouldn’t have signed those two, but that’s looking pretty good.
However… why’d they decline their option on Lieber at $8m? That’s a pretty good deal compared to what they spent on these other guys. And in free agency he got three years, $21m. A million dollars to the Yankees? Obviosuly it doesn’t matter to them. I don’t understand it.
Navarro supposedly gets a layover in Arizona before being moved to LA, who got rid of Shawn Green’s $16m remaining year by paying for half of it. And look, I’m not a big fan of Green, and he’s certainly not an elite player, but — is Shawn Green for a year at $8m with the chance to negotiate an extension worth any two prospects? And for LA, it seems weird to spend $8m to save $8m, but they also get two guys back they can use. I’m not wild about this not knowing the value of the guys they’re getting, but it’s… I was just about to type “not the worst deal DePodesta’s made this off-season” but I realized how bad that sounds.