2009 Yankees Trade Deadline Report Card
Trades the Yankees didn't make
The following are the trades the Yankees didn't make, but were rumored to make.
Not Trading for Roy Halladay
Many thought Roy Halladay was going to be traded, and the Yankees were considered to be a suitor for him. As it turned out, he wasn't traded, which means the Yankees didn't get him.
What would the Yankees have needed to give up? Rumor had it that Joba Chamberlain would have been the guy to give up if they wanted Halladay.
As of late, Chamberlain has been one of the Yanks most valuable pitchers. He's young, and he has a bright future ahead of him. Halladay, as amazing as he is, is now 32 years old and does have a history of injuries.
Official Grade: Many people think Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. He is amazing,but age is catching up to him, and injuries have been slowing him down little by little.
To give up Joba, who is just 23, for Halladay, who is 32, is not worth it, considering Joba has a bright future and Halladay is slowing down.
If anything, adding Halladay would have given the Yankees a Cy Young—winning pitcher who is clearly one of the best in baseball.
Weighing both of these options, this decision not to trade for him deserves a strong B.
Not Trading for Jarrod Washburn
Now that the deadline has passed, it seems clear that the Mariners were desperate to trade Washburn before the deadline.
It was reported that the Yankees would need to give up either Austin Jackson or Jesus Montero, two of the Yankees top prospects, to get Washburn.
Considering this, the move not to acquire Washburn, who was pitching with an ERA well under three, makes sense.
Official Grade: Acquiring Washburn, 35, for a top prospect doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Though Washburn has been great, it's not worth it to give him up for a future starting center fielder or catcher.
For this, the Yanks get a solid A-.
The Yankees didn't make a big move, yet they got the players that they needed without giving up any big time prospects, which is exactly what they needed to do.
The Yankees earn a strong B+ for their work at the deadline.