For Randy Johnson the Yankees supposedly want a major league talent, some prospects, and a willingness to pay his entire $16mm salary for 2007. Is it worth it?
Hell yes... Forget the 5.00 era, his "peripherals" were very good last year: less than a hit/inning, almost 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio, 1.24 WHIP in the AL East.
Baseballthinkfactory guy has him down for 223 innings in '07 with a 3.71 era and 196 strikeouts. That's assuming he'll be in the American League too.
He has a no-trade, so he'll want an extension. 2 years/$25mm?
Rumor has it the Padres are offering a package around Scott Linebrink, but it seems to me the Yanks could better use a Lefty reliever on his way up instead of down. Linebrink has appeared in 219 games over the past 3 years, and it started to show a bit in '06.
Is Cashman smart enough to take Tyler Johnson, Jaime Garcia, and a minor prospect for the Unit? I'm assuming he flat out doesn't want Looper. I'm also assuming we couldn't give up two bullpen pieces (say TJ and Kinney) and have Wainwright stay in the rotation. A rotation of Carp-Unit-Reyes-Wainwright-Wells could be stellar, and I wouldn't feel terrible about having Rincon/Flores/Camp Invitee to compete for the LOOGY role. Supposedly Kinney can get a lefty out as well.
Get it done Walt!