Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Skinny On The Womack Deal

It is reported by Reds beat reporter Marc Lancaster that the compensation for Womack is Kevin Howard and Ben Himes. And, since I know jack about either of them, I can only find it appropriate to break down their minor league stats.

Let’s start with Himes, who plays the outfield (though I have no idea if that’s center or a corner). He split time in 2005 between the Class A Dayton Dragons and the Advanced A Sarasota Reds. And now it’s table time for Himes:


Not bad at all. It’s not exactly the largest sample size, but Himes should be starting for Trenton when the season starts. I’m very impressed with his isolated power digit, which came with the help of only nine home runs. Doubles and triples, my friend. His biggest weakness: way too many strikeouts per at bat. But we all know that’s something that can be worked on.

Paging Kevin Howard. Howard? Kevin Howard? He spent the entire 2005 season with the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Reds AA team, and also played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Table, table, table.


Decent year in AA, exceptional stint in the AFL. Kinda like Eric Duncan:

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This has to make one wonder about Duncan’s actual trade value. Howard had a better regular season than Duncan (at the same level), a slightly less stellar AFL season, and was traded with someone else for Tony Womack.

So I don’t think the Yanks did all that bad in this move. They acquired a 24-year-old second baseman (Howard) and a 24-year-old outfielder (Himes) for essentially nobody. If they develop well, they could be used as further trade bait, or hell, maybe even play a backup role on the major league team. I’m just glad the Yankees reeled in some prospects rather than dishing them out.

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, the Yankees neither took anyone nor lost anyone in the Rule 5 draft, which was held on Thursday.

More Winter Meetings notes as they come in.