Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chad Billingsley and Yankee interest (?)

I don't think that Chad Billingsley is going anywhere but it's not a lock with the Yankees still needing pitching. They decided to go heavy in the bullpen but they have a glut of some impressive prospects and Joba Chamberlain's stock is about as low as it can be.

CBillz and the Dodgers have agreed to a contract for this year at $3.85 million and the Dodgers have arbitration rights for the 2012 season as well. It's unlikely that the Dodgers would give up Billingsley with two cheap years left unless the Yankees made it worth their while.

I am not advocating for CBillz to leave the Dodgers. I still believe that he can reach 200 strikeouts again, continue whittling down his career-low WHIP (1.278) and continue cutting down his walks. I'm just saying that if the Yankees are thinking of dangling Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Andrew Brackman among other prospects in their farm system, the deal may be more enticing.

It's just food for thought on this January day before the NFL Divisional Playoff Round kicks off. I have high hopes for Chad and I think he will stay a Dodger for at least this year. Remember, it took Billingsley a while to get going because of his hip injury in the last off-season. This year, he should have the benefit of health and he should resemble the pitcher he was the second half rather than the first.

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