I've posted a couple times in the past that I think Farnsworth would be a good contract to take on as a closer option. Recent events make me think that is more possible. (Just my read. I have no info.)
1. The Yankees seem to be unloading payroll (Sheffield, Wright) to gear up for a run at some major pitching free agents and have stated that they don't really want to take the payroll up much.
2. The acquisitions of Chris Britton and the Tiger relievers (assuming they carry Sanchez as a reliever for 2007) gives them an awfully full pen with RH Britton, Bruney, and Proctor in front of Rivera.
3. With Ron Villone a FA they need a LH.
4. The Yankees want to add prospects to restock for deadline deals.
A trade involving Cormier and a mid-level prospect for Farnsworth seems to make sense to me. The Yankees could still sign a vet RH if they think its needed and save some money (especially for 2008). The Reds get the closer they need and can afford to take on Farnsworth. This would be a better use of money than a high $, mediocre starter IMO.
Thoughts? Am I off on this one? If not Farnsworth, would you deal Cormier for say Bruney? I also think that would be a good move for both teams.