I like Ichiro but not enough to trade J.J. Putz for him. Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

No Thanks to Putz for Ichiro

Earlier this month, Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal entertained the thought that the Arizona Diamondbacks could trade reliever J.J. Putz to the New York Yankees for outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Our own Joe Jacquez wrote that this deal could prove beneficial to the D’backs. With regards to both of you gentlemen, I must say this as nicely as possible:  there is no way I make this deal.

Now, from the Yanks’ point of view, this is a no-brainer. They would be giving up a guy who might only be a platoon player at this point in his career to get a guy who can still pitch and fill a big hole in their bullpen. Yes, I know Putz had five blown saves last year. I also know that four of them came before he went on the disabled list and that he had none over his final 21 games. In fact, from July 1st through the end of the season, Putz gave up only three earned runs. Scoff all you want about the limited number of innings in that span (21 1/3), that is still a solid statistic. Even at 36 (soon to be 37), why would Arizona give up the Big Guy for Ichiro, who wouldn’t even be a starter in the outfield for them? They are set with Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock and Gerardo Parra roaming from left to right. At best, Ichiro platoons with Pollock in center, a position he would prefer not to play. Then, what happens when Cody Ross returns? Do you think Ichrio would even see Chase Field after May 1st?

J.J. Putz still has value to the D’backs. I would rather the team holds onto him for another season. If the D’backs trade Putz, it would have to be part of a package to acquire someone like Yovani Gallardo as Rosenthal suggests in that same column. Trading him for Ichiro, straight up? Now way.

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  • Manny

    If this comes out twice…. sorry.

    In regards to the JJ Putz story. I wouldn’t do the trade as a yankee fan. This is a temporary fix. I’m tired of temporary fixes. I want to see the team get a little younger and I want to see the building blocks for another title run being set. The Yankees do need bullpen work, I think we can all agree on that. JJ Putz is a “right-now fix”… I want the “RIGHT fix”. Unless the Yankees have someone in their sites that will be available after the 2014 season they should hold on to Ichiro and let his contract expire. Or better yet Trade him for a Pick or very green prospect. I’d rather the Yankees do their homework and allow a young pitcher to make a difference. Then once you’ve found the RIGHT pitcher for the job then try and get him tied into a mutually beneficial contract.

    Putz I’m sure has his value for the right team. I just think the Yankees need to look past today and arrange their lineups and take risks for what will happen in the next 5-10 years.

  • ConstantinusMagnus

    Putz is a perfect mid-season trade chip for a team desperate for a “proven closer” and willing to overpay. Hold on to him to get maximum value… I’d love to see Ichiro in a D-backs uniform for the historical aspect of having one of the all-time great hitters on our team… but not as a Yankee salary dump or mulligan. Aren’t the Yankees likely to be the team that bids up Tanaka so high that they get him or make AZ mortgage its future on an extreme over-pay? They get no favors from us.