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03:39 PM - News: Yankees Trade OF Sheffield to Detroit

 

 

...posted by Matthew Cerrone...

According to Jon Heyman at SI.com, the Yankees have traded OF Gary Sheffield to the Tigers for minor-league pitchers RHP Humberto Sanchez, RHP Kevin Whelan and RHP Anthony Claggett.

 

Detroit will extend Sheffield's contract for an additional two years, writes Heyman.

 

Wow, I figured the Tigers would be relucant to trade such a promising guy like Sanchez for a pain like Sheffield.

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Humberto Sanchez RHSP Detroit Tigers

 

All five of our guest analysts compared Humberto Sanchez to Bartolo Colon. But not all five were complimentary about it. Sanchez looks a bit like the Angels' 2005 Cy Young Award Winner, which is to say he's...girthy. He also throws a bit like him, which is to say hard, and occasionally wild, and often up in the zone. He's also shown that he may be injury prone like Colon, and that's where the comparisons stop being favorable.

 

"It's tough to say whether you want the kid to drop a bunch of weight," our AL scout said, "because you have to believe that's where at least some of his power comes from, and you never know how that is going to affect his arm. But you wonder if that might be the reason he's had some trouble up until now."

 

Our two players gushed over the big right hander.

 

"Oh man, you step in the box to face that guy and you are just not comfortable," one said, "I know it from experience, you just feel like if it hits you, it's not going to stop, it's going to go right through you. And with that curveball..." the player tails off, obviously remembering a personal experience, "it's just not fun to hit against him."

 

Consistency is the name of the game for Sanchez, both in health and in his stuff.

 

"If he had that nasty curveball every start, and spotted his fastball every start, he'd win 20 at any level," our NL Scout said. He also let us in that near the trading deadline last season, his team was pushing hard to get Sanchez included in a deal, and that the Tigers nixed the deal because of it.

 

"They're not letting him go anywhere," the scout says, "and they're smart not to."

 

In Sanchez's last start of the AFL season, he showed why. Against a Phoenix Desert Dogs lineup that included studs Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew, and Andy LaRoche Sanchez threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four. That came after a five shutout inning stint against the Grand Canyon Rafters the week before. Sanchez's AFL ERA was a sparkling 2.15 for the season. Among the league leaders.

 

"He's the real deal," our Senior scout said, "if he can stay healthy he could dominate."

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theyre all decent prospects at this stage, but Sanchez is very good and could be an ace in the not too distant future. Sanchez was the blue chipin this deal, no doubt about it. It was a good move, but I think Cash could have gotten more if he waited until after all the FA were signed

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theyre all decent prospects at this stage, but Sanchez is very good and could be an ace in the not too distant future. Sanchez was the blue chipin this deal, no doubt about it. It was a good move, but I think Cash could have gotten more if he waited until after all the FA were signed

He probably wouldn't have got much if he did. Detroit was going to put a push on a big bat regardless.

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