The more the day goes on, the louder the trade drum will beat. George King of the New York Post tried to do a little beating of his own over the weekend. He speculated on Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer, and Vladimir Guerrero as potential trade targets for the Yankees.
I wholeheartedly agree on Beltran. I think he could be a near perfect acquisition for the Yankees. He could fit a need if Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada don’t start producing as he would be able to DH or play right field. The other two I don’t agree with at all.
The Yankees’ DH already offers them zero flexibility and acquiring either one of Cuddyer or Guerrero wouldn’t help that. While Cuddyer can physically stand in a few different positions, he’s not good at any of them and definitely not an upgrade over any current Yankee fielder. As for Vlad in the field, that isn’t really worth discussing much, is it?
I’m content with waiting out Swisher and Posada, but my patience is starting to wear a bit more thin as the season finishes up its second month. While Cuddyer and Guerrero probably wouldn’t be good fits, Beltran would. Are there any other potential offensive trade targets? Going by the potential free agent list, it wouldn’t appear so. It’s rare when the Yankees need a major offensive upgrade, but it’s definitely a possibility for 2011. The outside options don’t seem all that great. Luckily, there’s always Jesus Montero waiting in the wings, and he doesn’t cost anything.