Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Rumor Mill: LHP Brian Fuentes

Joel Sherman, NY Post: "Also, there is firm belief that the one player that the Rockies will definitely deal is Brian Fuentes, and both the Mets and Yanks remain part of that hunt. But at the moment the Mets (Jonathan Niese) and the Yanks (Ian Kennedy) are showing no inclination to deal the players desired by Colorado."

Yankees Interested in LHP Brian FuentesBrian Fuentes, a free agent at the end of the season, has regained the closer's role he lost last season. Regrettably, the Rockies haven't been nearly as good as they were in 2007 and Fuentes isn't getting a lot of save chances.

A three-time All-Star, Fuentes has posted a 3.41 ERA en route to 14 saves. With his funky sidearm delivery, he has held lefties to a .192 batting average this year.

Fuentes seems to be a good fit for the Yankees. For the first time since the Mike Stanton era, New York's bullpen would boast a formidable left hander. Fuentes would also serve as an eighth inning alternative to Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Veras.

According to Sherman, Yankees GM Brian Cashman has balked at Colorado's asking price: Ian Kennedy. The 23-year-old Kennedy began the season in the rotation.

Despite his struggles (0-3, 7.41), Kennedy is a player the Yankees think highly of, refusing to include him trades. He posted a 1.89 ERA in three starts last September after being called up.

Kennedy sidelined with a strained right latissimus muscle and bursitis under his shoulder blade. He is currently rehabbing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In his latest start, he surrendered four earned runs. He has a 6.00 ERA in the two Triple-A appearances.

1 comment:

David said...

Dosn't seem like a good trade to me