Wednesday, July 30, 2014
READY... SET... JAKE ARRIETA!
Hot off the presses....Brian Cashman is talking to the Chicago Cubs again. You get further in life when you have good networking skills, right? Well I certainly hope that Cashman and Theo Epstein come to a match this time....because this one could be a good investment!
So in case you missed it, the Yankees are now attached to Jake Arrieta, read that HERE. He has had some success this year going with a 5-2 record. He also has an impressive 2.18 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 91 innings. The 28-year-old won’t hit free agency until 2018 so he isn't a short term rental. I know the Yankees are more interested in a short term rental but he could give some much needed stability to the team in the future.
The Cubs obviously see something they like in our farm system. What exactly, I don't know since we couldn't swing the deal for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but....if Epstein wasn't interested he wouldn't be giving us a second look. He's a smart baseball man, and if there wasn't a mutual interest here in some capacity we wouldn't be hearing about a second connection. Cashman seems to think there is some potential here.
Is this move more likely than others? Probably not but we need the pitching and Cashman can pull off miracles. The Cubs already gave away a lot of their pitching and they are looking for a good package to just give more of it away. We already know we give up the farm a lot. Readers here already know I rant when we give it away too quickly and it turns out to be a waste. If we are going to do it again do it for someone who isn't a short term rental....
Cashman, if you are reading this give us a long term investment rather than a cheap rental at the expensive of the farm. Roll the dice and take a chance....this time I give you my blessing upfront!
--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
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