Thursday, July 8, 2010

Werth on the Block, the Yanks May Sign Garrett Atkins. and Some Other Rumors

Here's a tweet about Werth from Buster Olney:
Heard this: The Phillies are casting a wide net and talking with a lot of teams about possible matches for Jayson Werth. They continue to look for a proven starting pitcher who could be a No. 2 or No. 3 type of guy.
Mike Axisa over at RAB and Zell from Ray Rothfeldt from Zell's Pinstripe Blog wondered if this could possibly open the door for a Javier Vazquez for Werth deal, since Vazquez is exactly "a No. 2 or No. 3 type of guy" in the NL. I like Werth, but I don't think I'd make this deal. The Yankees don't necessarily need Werth plus it creates a hole in the rotation.

Buster Olney also mentioned Toronto's Jose Bautista as an "absolutely perfect fit for the Yankees," who are looking for someone who can hit and provide some depth at third. However, he made no mention of the Jays actually looking to trade the guy.

Also, Mike Silva is reporting that the Yankees may sign Garrett Atkins to a minor-league deal. Atkins had some nice years in Colorado, but hit .219 this year and was recently released by the Orioles. There's really no risk involved so I'd have no problem with this move.


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