Trade Target: Lonnie Chisenhall

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Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Brian Cashman has made it clear that getting younger is a priority, but it doesn’t necessarily make a team better. 2013 might have changed Cashman’s thought process. Where an older player once represented an overlooked market, the Yankees grew too dependent on this type of player last season. The Travis Hafners and Kevin Youkilis of the baseball world surely could have been bargains, but they also showed why the potential of older players is often undervalued in free agency. The combination of fluke injuries and age regression caught up to the Yankees in 2013, and instead of Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, or Andruw Jones-type contributions, the team had Lyle Overbay starting at first base, Ichiro Suzuki in right field, and Vernon Wells in left field. Older players are still an overlooked market, and as bench players or platoon partners, they still represent low-risk and high-reward acquisitions.

But the Yankees’ infield doesn’t need a bench player or platoon partner, they need starters.…

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Would You Trade Gardner For Homer Bailey?

Cincinatti is the team with the clearest need for both a center fielder and leadoff hitter, especially after losing Shin-Soo Choo to the Rangers last week. The Reds have already established interest in trading for Brett Gardner, after news broke that the Yankees turned down a Gardner for Brandon Phillips swap. After a year of struggle in Triple-A for top prospect Billy Hamilton, the Reds still maintain a need for a speedy glove and leadoff bat. With one year left on his contract, and Hamilton likely ready to step in as a full time player in 2015, Gardner fits the Reds’ needs perfectly.

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But what the Reds have to offer outside of Phillips is mostly pitching. With Homer Bailey, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto, and Tony Cingrani in the rotation, the team has a superb set of starting pitchers. The team has meanwhile maintained interest in departing starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, and landing the right-hander would give them one too many starters.…

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Do You Want This Man As Your Closer Next Year?

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That’s a difficult question to answer for many Yankee fans for a variety of reasons.  Jonathan Papelbon isn’t and has never been very well-liked in Yankeeland.  That will happen when you’re wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform and have a brashness and arrogance about you that borders on obnoxious sometimes.  One thing he has been over the course of his career is a very good closer, and like his left-handed starter teammates in Philly he may be available via trade for the right price.  Part of that price may include outfielder Domonic Brown as part of a package deal, which raises more questions about just what the hell the Phillies are doing this offseason.  But with the Yankees looking for veteran bullpen help and with their progress slowed on other fronts, they may want to consider putting a call in to Ruben Amaro about their former nemesis.

Putting aside the previous laundry, there’s still some things to like about Papelbon as a player.  …

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Revisiting The Curtis Granderson Trade 4 Years Later

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Remember this?

The Mets finalized their 4-year/$60 million deal with Curtis Granderson yesterday, making his move across town official and ending a 4-year run in pinstripes that was interesting to say the least.  Granderson went from underperforming trade bust who had to be benched to rebuild his swing in his first season to one of the premiere power hitters in baseball from 2011-2012 to an unlucky injury case in a contract year this past season.  He finished his short Yankee career with a .245/.335/.495 slash line, 115 HR, 345 R scored, 307 RBI, 2 All Star Game selections, and 1 Silver Slugger award in ’11.  He also leaves with no rings, joining the Yankees the year after their last title and being a part of 4 teams that failed to return to the World Series.

Yesterday marked the actual 4-year anniversary of the 3-team trade that brought C-Grand to the Yankees.  It was a trade that brought up the always pertinent “playing for the present or the future” question with respect to the Yankees’ plans.  …

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Here’s An Idea, Trade Corban Joseph

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Since the acquisition of Dean Anna a few days ago last week, there’s been a lot of talk about what other roster moves might be coming.  I’ve seen more than a few people suggest trading Eduardo Nunez, but let’s be realistic here.  Teams aren’t lining up to trade for a utility infielder who can’t field or hit, no matter what his age and upside may be.  Nunez’s trade value has all but expired and if they aren’t going to DFA him, the best thing the Yankees can do is hold onto him and hope he can provide some value in limited work.

A better idea if they’re looking to move an infielder for something might be to trade Corban Joseph.  He was excommunicated from the 40-man roster to open up a spot for Anna, a pretty damning statement about where he stands in the organizational pecking order these days, but in terms of trade value he still has to have more than Nunez.  …

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Any Chance Of The Cardinals Being An Offseason Trade Partner?

Whatever combination of draft and/or development problems you think are responsible for the Yankees’ present farm system situation, we can all agree that it’s very far from where it needs to be.  In analyzing and discussing those problems over the last 2 days, the St. Louis Cardinals have come up often as an example of the type of farm system the Yankees should be striving to match and with good reason.  Picking lower in the 1st round than most teams and finding undervalued assets that they turn into productive Major League players, the Cardinals’ blueprint for success is based in their strong draft and development strategies.

The Yankees obviously aren’t going to turn their farm system around to that level of success overnight, but could there be an opportunity for them to poach some of the fruits of St. Louis’ labor this offseason?  The Cardinals will at least test the trade market waters to address their biggest roster needs and they have plenty of young pitching to dangle, the type of young pitching the Yankee system has failed to generate.  …

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Trade Target: Mark Trumbo

The Yankees have a number of needs this offseason. They have open spots in their rotation, bullpen, third base, shortstop, second base, catcher, and they could really use another formidable outfielder. Their biggest need is offense, home runs, and it really doesn’t matter where they get it from. When Jose Dariel Abreu was available a few weeks ago, I was a little surprised that the Yankees weren’t more involved. Even though he had no position with the club, a projectable power hitter that comes relatively cheap without costing draft picks should be highly valued. For a team as desperate for offense as the Yankees, teams should try to find creative ways to put a 30+ home run player on the field.

There are few power threats available in free agency this offseason, most of the big names are pitchers. Outside of Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, and Carlos Beltran there are few free agents that can put up 30+ home runs.…

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Hypothetical Trades: Robinson Cano for Jurickson Profar

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(Photo Credit: Julie Fennell)

The title is self explanatory. Would you trade Robinson Cano for Jurickson Profar straight up? This was actually a possibility at one point, whether the Yankees actually considered this trade is the mystery.

Let’s rewind to a few months ago, around the trade deadline. Robinson Cano is in his final year of his contract. He’s expecting to get big money and a long term extension, something along the lines of $175 million for 7-10 years. At the age of 30, there are some questions about how well he will age. There’s no reason to anticipate any immediate dramatic regression, but these things are unpredictable. At the moment, he’s playing great baseball, however, the Yankees’ chance of making the post-season is questionable. Perhaps trading Cano as a rental to another team makes sense.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are looking for another great bat to add to their lineup as they reach for a playoff spot. If they were to obtain Cano, they could move Kinsler to the outfield or first base.…

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The Case For Roy Halladay

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AP Photo/Christopher Szagola

Last Friday, I mused on the possible acquisition of Dan Haren. There are numerous reasons why Haren doesn’t make sense for the Yankees, but I did come to the conclusion that, at it’s core, the idea of acquiring another starting pitcher is sound. Most notably, adding another starting pitcher would move Phil Hughes from the rotation to the bullpen, improving the team in two ways, by upgrading a starting pitcher and adding a possible high upside reliever. And as I also mentioned on Friday, the Yankees need to make every upgrade they can for September, even if it’s minor on the surface.

But very rarely will an organization find a top of the rotation starting pitcher available during August. The waiver trade deadline on August 31st is usually reserved for salary dumps and lottery tickets. While Dan Haren is less of a gamble than most pitchers currently available, he has far from any upside in the AL East, even if you believe that his last month and a half of production outweighs his first three months.…

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