Yanks should trade Melky for pitching

June 17, 2008 at 11:51 am 10 comments


The New York Yankees lost ace Chien Ming Wang until September at the earliest and possibly the rest of the season. They already have Phil Hughes out and they will be clearing a ton of money off the books next year when Mussina, Pettitte, Abreu, and Giambi are all gone. They need to deal for a pitcher to stay in this thing and they should shop Melky Cabrera.

The Yankees head into their series against the Padres only 5.5 games behind the Red Sox in the East and 3.5 behind the Rays in the Wild Card. They have the offense rolling and healthy now but their pitching is hurting them. They have given up the most runs in their division and they lost their ace for almost the entire season.

The Yankees don’t want to give up the pieces to go after C.C. Sabathia or Rich Harden but they do have enough to possibly land a Randy Wolf or a Bronson Arroyo.

The one player I think they really need to unload while he has value is centerfielder Melky Cabrera. I have always viewed Melky as a 4th outfielder but other teams like him as a guy who can be an everyday centerfielder because he plays good defense and is a patient hitter with some speed. He doesn’t turn 24 until August and is under control for 4 more years.

The Yankees have a guy by the name of Brett Gardner who I think can be better than Melky right away and he should be ready for the bigs. Some view Gardner as a 4th outfielder and I don’t argue that but I think he is more of an everyday guy than Melky. Through 238 at-bats in AAA Gardner is hitting: .290/.402/.441 with 3 homers, 9 doubles, 9 triples, 48 runs, 28 RBI, a 46/57 BB/K rate, and 25 steals. He is a very good defender with better range than Melky but a weaker arm. He has a little less pop than Melky but can fly and can turn long singles into doubles and doubles into triples.

The Yankees may be able to dangle Melky to the Padres who need someone desperately to cover ground in center. If the Yankees send Melky and a B- prospect they can get Randy Wolf and probably get him early. If Wold performs well for the Yanks they can sign him to an extension and save a few bucks in the process. Some people may read this and think the Yankees are giving up too much but let’s be honest, if Melky were on any other team he wouldn’t be deemed a star like he is in New York.

The Yankees have few bargaining chips they are willing to dangle other than Melky and now is the time to dangle him and catch a decent starting pitcher while they have a guy in AAA who is ready to take Melky’s spot and possibly outperform him.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kevin  |  June 17, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    i agree, trade him . the Yanks offense is good but the reason they r 5.5 games behind boston is because of pitching. Trade Melky. end of story

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 17, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I just think that people completely overrate Melky, especially the NY fans. If there is a team that believes he can be a superstar then trade him while there is still reason for someone to beleive that. Thanks for the comment Kevin! Glad to hear a sane fan chime in.

  • 3. Brooke  |  June 17, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Ok, this is my second time writing this comment… so, here we go again.

    I’ll come out and say, I’m a diehard Yankees fan. Let’s make that obvious. What I don’t want to see is Melky gone. He’s young. He’s talented. I say get rid of Damon.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 17, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Damon would be best case. He’s playing well above his head and if the Yanks can trade him for pitching and clear that money that would be great. I don’t see it happening though, not for a good starting pitcher. The Yanks have to give up a young “talent” and Melky fits the bill. By the way, I thought you were a Mariners fan Brooke?

  • 5. supremesportsjustice  |  June 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Personally, I’d trade the under-achieving Cano, but I know that won’t happen…then again, they dealt Soriano (albeit for A-Rod) a few years back. But I do believe that Melky is expendable.

  • 6. Aaron Boynton  |  June 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Trade the whole team!

    Did I mention I’m a die-hard Sox fan?

  • 7. Charlie Nehl  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I think it makes sense to me. It’s obv they need the pitching. They could get a decent little chunk for him, but not a ton. I don’t know. They’d be fine with out him I think though.

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 18, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Danno – I would consider Cano but he is at his lowest value right now so no one will meet the asking price for him but Cano to Oakland for Harden makes a little sense.

    Aaron – I’m with you sir! Minus the whole Red Sox thing of course.

    Charlie – I really do think he is expendable. I think he is way overvalued so get that value for him now.

  • 9. Max  |  June 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    A trade for Harden doesn’t make sense given his injury history. That’s exactly what the Yankees don’t need. Melky for a more durable starter would make sense though.

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    If they could get Harden for Melky they should pull the trigger in a heartbeat. I doubt they would ever get that. Someone will give up a good package for Harden. But yes, Melky for a starter period makes sense to me.


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