(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
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. Think about it. He's 25 years old, he can at least play a competent second base, and he's a lefty hitter who's shown more than a fair amount of contact skills and plate discipline in his MiL career. He's coming off a down year in 2013 (.239/.329/.383) that was mostly due to a shoulder injury, but he's only 1 year removed from posting a .380 wOBA and hitting 15 HR between Double-A and Triple-A.
CoJo won't bring back a major haul on his own, but the Yankees don't really need one. We've seen them add potentially useful pieces before in small deals. Think back to last offseason when they landed Shawn Kelley for Abe Almonte. Joseph's situation is almost identical to Almonte's - shuffled down the organizational hierarchy with no real chance to ever break into the show as a Yankee - so why not see if there's a market out there for him that could net something good in return. Another trade for an undervalued bullpen arm would be helpful for the Yanks, and CoJo could go somewhere where he has a better chance to break into a regular Major League role.
Just something to consider. It's clear that Joseph doesn't have much of a future as a Yankee and he's nearing the end of his prospect lifespan. It'd be to his and the Yankees' benefit to seek out a trade partner for him before his prospect status expires and he turns into another Nunez.