When Ruben Amaro failed to make any moves at the deadline due to a high asking price that utterly baffled Jayson Stark, the hope was that he would learn from his most immediate mistakes in the offseason. That’s not really happening.
After missing out on Yasmany Tomas, Ruben has reportedly been asking for too much in return for both Jimmy Rollins and Jonathan Papelbon. According to Hardball Talk, Papelbon has received zero interest, even from the Blue Jays and Astros (both in need of closers), because “neither is interested in paying the price.” And over the weekend, we found out that Jimmy Rollins to the Yankees talks fell through because, according to Stark, the asking price was again too high. “[Jimmy is] somebody we want on our club,” Ruben said. “[He] would be very hard to replace.” Neither of those things are especially factual.
It’s unlikely Rollins would have waived his no-trade for the Yankees anyway — according to, again, Stark’s sources — but it’s nice to know Ruben is up to his old, terrible, non-productive tricks.
never seen player meet expectations & have as little trade value as papelbon. jays, astros, teams w/need, not interested.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 1, 2014