Outfield Trade Targets

The Yankees barely have a third outfielder to start the 2013 season. Yes, they’re loaded with depth, but hardly any of these players have even seen Triple-A. Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera, and Thomas Neal may be the most prepared players, but Diaz and Rivera couldn’t even break a .290 OBP in 2012. The two starting outfielders, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, have their own questions about health and age, and the Yankees could be in a lot of trouble if Gardner’s head-first sliding catches up to him for a second year, or Ichiro’s age starts to show.

Not only does the team need a third outfielder, but they need a respectable fourth outfielder. Living with an Adonis Garcia or Zoilo Almonte for one month isn’t terrible, but there is very little depth if Granderson can’t return or Gardner misses any more time. The Yankees were interested in a right-handed hitting outfielder a few weeks ago, and Curtis Granderson‘s injury will probably force them to make an actual move.… Click here to read the rest

Trade Musings: Outfield Targets

“I haven’t been looking,” Cashman said. “That doesn’t mean that (it’s out of the question). Now you’ve passed the draft, people will be more interested in having conversations. I have not had any conversations with anybody about anything.”

Almost immediately after we heard of Brett Gardner‘s setback last weekend, we had word from Brian Cashman on a possible replacement. Unsurprisingly, Cashman claimed that he’s been quiet on the outfield trade market, although he left the door open for future moves as the trade deadline comes to fruition. In the coming days we’ll learn more about Gardner’s injury, but that doesn’t change the Yankees outfield need in the future.

The impeding budget in 2014, the vacancy in right field in 2013, and the current issues of the 2012 roster seem to foreshadow a trade for a cheap young outfielder in the future. Although it appears the Yankees won’t lose their left fielder for the entire season, there should be a point where Raul Ibanez‘ and Andruw Jones‘ bodies can’t take the robust task of running the outfield daily.… Click here to read the rest

The Biggest Move This Season Could Occur With A Swisher Injury

Less than a week ago, Nick Swisher found himself out of a game for tightness in his left groin. Yesterday, again he was pulled, this time with tightness in his right groin. Now before you hit the panic switch, groin injuries are fairly common at this time of year, the point of spring training is to loosen players up, so no further tests are planned on the 31 year old. Still, it had me thinking what would happen if Swisher faced a season ending injury. Apart from catcher, there aren’t many positions I would expect the Yankees to immediately trade for a replacement, but right field is one of them.

With a budget to meet in 2014 and outfield prospects a few years away, I expect the Yankees to make a move for a cheap young outfielder after Swisher’s contract expires at the end of the year. The 2013 free agent market houses some impressive options for the team, but all at a significant price.… Click here to read the rest

Long-Shot Trade Targets

If we learned anything from last week’s Montero-Pineda swap, it’s that you can’t predict baseball. No one could have foreseen this trade, nor did anyone expect the trades surrounding Curtis Granderson or Nick Swisher a few years ago. With the open spot in the lineup and lingering rumors of payroll inflexibility, there is a good chance the Yankees are looking for a bat through trade. In the spirit of long-shot trades, I decided to collect the longest of shots that realistically fit the team’s needs.

At this point I should offer you some sort of warning. Trade musing is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. In the coming days, weeks, perhaps months, we’ll have all sorts of speculation on who the Yankees should sign or trade for; what you believe is up to you. Adding Cole Hamels to our rotation or Prince Fielder to our imaginary rosters is what makes the offseason bearable, so have an open mind when we get into these sorts of discussion.… Click here to read the rest