Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Melky On The Block?

I mentioned in my last post that if I were Brian Cashman I'd consider dealing Melky Cabrera. According to Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports, the Yankees are looking into it, telling teams they're open to the idea. They better be open to the idea. It doesn't make any sense not to be open to it. Gardner is the obvious choice for the starting CF job. Nick Swisher is the 4th OF, leaving Melky at the bottom of the totem pole. Melky is out of options so sending him to Scranton isn't an option. If he's not going to play and you can't send him down you might as well ship him out.

Rosenthal writes that, "The Yankees have talked about trading either Nady or Swisher, but potential suitors might be more willing to part with young talent for Cabrera, who is 24 and four years away from free agency." Rosenthal makes a valid point. The Yankees have been exploring deals for Swisher and Nady all spring and nothing has materialized. We haven't even heard any rumored deals. This probably makes Melky even more attractive to teams. Rosenthal name drops the White Sox as being a club that should have interest, writing, "Jerry Owens, Brian Anderson and DeWayne Wise have been competing for the White Sox's centerfield job. Cabrera almost certainly would hold greater appeal."

Melky is having a good spring, hitting .295 with an OPS of .801. I'd like to think they'd move on this pretty quickly. Opening Day is right around the corner and Melky's stock is higher than it used to be. Might as well strike while the iron is hot, or at least warm. I think the longer they wait, the lower his value will go. I can see them getting lowballed and accepting something below market value if there isn't any other choice but to DFA him or leave him on the roster.

Trade him I say.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Alex H said...

Melky's time as a yankee has come and gone, unfortunately for him... we're sick and tired of his 2 popups per game hitting style... though he has a good attitude and lightens up the clubhouse... it's just pathetic and frustrating to watch him hit... i don't know about trading him, but don't start him

She-Fan said...

And I want to keep Nady and Swisher for the time being.

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