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Yanks toyed with deals for Cameron, Penny 2009-09-03

Yanks toyed with deals for Cameron, Penny 2009-09-03

The Yankees also did not view Cameron, a right-handed hitter, as a dramatic upgrade over Melky Cabrera, a switch-hitter who has shown significant improvement against left-handed pitching this season.

Cameron, 36, has an .814 on-base plus slugging percentage overall, an .871 OPS against left-handers. Cabrera, 25, has a .755 mark overall and a .795 mark against lefties. The Yankees were reluctant to reduce his playing time.

Penny: No thanks, Yanks

The Yankees also had serious interest in right-hander Brad Penny, and recruited him with calls from manager Joe Girardi, outfielder Johnny Damon and Penny's former teammate in Florida, right-hander A.J. Burnett.

But Penny, who is headed toward free agency, preferred the National League and San Francisco's spacious AT&T Park over the new Yankee Stadium.

He made his Giants debut in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, pitching eight scoreless innings against the top-scoring team in the NL. However, he struck out only two, indicating that he was lucky as well as good.

Dye to Giants: Not a fit

Right fielder Jermaine Dye seemed a logical target for the Giants when the White Sox made a number of veterans available in the hours leading up to Monday's deadline. But the Giants, for a variety of reasons, did not view Dye as a fit.

Dye, 35, has struggled since the All-Star break, batting only .179-.275-.291. He also was owed the balance of his $11.5 million salary, and the Giants already had increased their payroll by more than $2 million with the additions of second baseman Freddy Sanchez and first baseman Ryan Garko.

The option in Dye's contract might have been another obstacle. If traded, he has the right to convert his $12 million mutual option into a player option within 72 hours of his assignment, according to major-league sources.

The Giants might have feared taking on significant payroll for next year, but they also could have negotiated with Dye to restructure his deal. As it stands, Dye is guaranteed only $1 million beyond this season — the value of his buyout if the White Sox decline his option.

Perhaps Dye will return to the White Sox at a lower number. He also would make sense for the Giants as a free agent, and the Cubs could be another fit if they trade right fielder Milton Bradley. Dye has eight homers and 12 doubles in 115 career at-bats at Wrigley Field.

Next for Astros: Fregosi?

Never mind that the Astros exercised manager Cecil Cooper's option for 2010 in April. Cooper is almost certain to be fired, major-league sources say, and several of his coaches also are in jeopardy.

Third base coach Dave Clark would be the leading internal candidate to replace Cooper, but the team likely would consider a wide range of outside options.

Jim Fregosi, currently an assistant to Braves general manager Frank Wren, figures to be one name on the Astros' list.

Fregosi managed the Phillies from 1991 to '96, when Ed Wade, the Astros' current GM, was in the Phillies' front office. He also met Astros owner Drayton McLane when he interviewed for the managerial opening that went to Jimy Williams after the 2001 season.

Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who fared well as an interim manager for the Reds in '07 and the Pirates in '05, also could be a candidate for the Astros. Giants bench coach Ron Wotus would be another possibility.

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