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Old 06-28-2004, 09:47 AM
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Asking price for Garcia too steep
Cashman applauds Mariners GM for getting full value
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Freddy Garcia was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for the Mariners this season.

NEW YORK -- Just days after Carlos Beltran was dealt to the Houston Astros, the second-biggest name on the trade market was gobbled up Sunday, as the Seattle Mariners traded right-hander Freddy Garcia to the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees had been keeping a close eye on Garcia, who is 4-7 despite a tidy 3.20 ERA, as general manager Brian Cashman looks to bolster his rotation before next month's July 31 trading deadline.

Sunday, Cashman received a call from Seattle GM Bill Bavasi, informing him that the Mariners were ready to move Garcia, and that he had a solid offer on the table. When the two men spoke a few hours later, Bavasi informed Cashman that he was taking Chicago's offer of catcher Miguel Olivo, center fielder Jeremy Reed and shortstop Michael Morse.

"They asked me how I wanted to play it, whether I wanted to get back to them with our best offer," Cashman said. "I said, 'If you have a deal in hand and are ready to move on it, why don't you tell me what it's going to take. You're the one with the keys to the kingdom, and I'm ready to step up if you want me to.'

"They liked our players, but the offer they got from the White Sox was a superior offer, period," added Cashman. "They didn't think we could match it or beat it. After I saw what it was, I agreed. I think the Mariners made a heck of a trade."

According to Cashman, the Mariners were looking for young players who could step in and play for Seattle right away. Olivo, who is hitting .270 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 45 games for the White Sox, and Reed, who was Chicago's top prospect, fit that description.

"I have some players at Triple-A who can play in the big leagues," Cashman said, "but not anyone who can match up with Olivo and Reed right now."

New York's top prospects are catcher Dioner Navarro and infielder Robinson Cano, who both play for Double-A Trenton, as well as Eric Duncan, a power-hitting third baseman at Single-A Battle Creek.

"I'm very comfortable with this. It's not like we had a situation we lost out on or that slipped through our hands," Cashman said. "The White Sox put forth an offer, and it wasn't that we were unwilling to match it, we couldn't match it. By my evaluation, the Mariners made the right determination, if the criteria was to get Major League ready players now. We have some, but some of our guys are a little father away."

With Kevin Brown on the verge of returning from the disabled list and Jose Contreras showing signs of life after a strong outing on Sunday, Cashman doesn't think that it is necessary for him to make a move.

"I'm not close to anything," the GM said. "I'm excited that Contreras pitched the way he did, which makes us feel like everything is going in the right direction. Brown feels physically healthy now, so it's a matter of where and when we pitch him."

With Mike Mussina and Javier Vazquez pitching well, the Yankees' only concern right now is Jon Lieber, who has lost four of his last five starts. Lieber's ERA has skyrocketed from 3.53 to 5.26 in that span, as he has allowed four or more runs in each of his four losses.

"What we have to do is get Lieber going right now," Cashman said. "Contreras was struggling for a period, and seven starts in after his minor-league assignment, six have been quality. With Brownie coming back soon, Mussina and Vazquez throwing the way they've been throwing, we just have to get Lieber going. He's capable, so it's not out of the realm of possibility."

That said, Cashman will still be working the phones for the next five weeks, as the rest of the baseball world embarks on the annual shopping spree that comes each July.

"We don't have to do something, but that doesn't mean that I'm not looking," Cashman said. "I'll keep my eye on our bullpen and our rotation."


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Old 06-28-2004, 11:45 AM
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Default RE:Asking price for Garcia too steep

would the Dbacks deal RJ, and would he agree to go to NY?
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:24 PM
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Default RE: Asking price for Garcia too steep

I just hope Cashman stays the hell away from Ben Sheets!
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:27 PM
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I just hope Cashman stays the hell away from Ben Sheets!

Yanks are looking for a lefty, I think they have one on their rotation and thats the young kid, Halsey!
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