November 11, 2005
From the Daily News:
The New York Yankees recently approached White Sox general manager Kenny Williams about trying to work out a trade for centerfielder Aaron Rowand, according to sources, but were told by Williams there was no match between the teams.
Rowand is a natural center fielder and impressed the Yankees - and most other teams - with his strong reads and gliding strides into the gaps. The White Sox have a budding prospect in 23-year-old Brian Anderson and are strongly thinking about giving him a chance in the majors this year, giving them some room to move on the trade market. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they are looking for a bat to replace departed DH Carl Everett, and the Yanks' biggest surplus is in starting pitching.
Rowand is a true-blue Gold Glove caliber CF. But, with the bat, he's just about league average - sans 2004 where he spiked some that year.
I have to wonder if the White Sox would have a different stance on this if they lose Konerko? Would an offer of Sheffield for Rowand, one-up, then interest them?
Here I assume that the Yankees could then sign someone like Brian Giles to replace Sheffield in RF. And, of course, they would have to get Sheffield on board with this - remember how he reacted to the rumors about him being traded to the Mets?
At least Cashman is asking around and not just assuming that certain players cannot be obtained.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 11, 2005 08:44 AM
Remember when the Yanks clinched at Fenway (smile) and Sheffield came over to Torre, put his arm around him, and literally supported him during a postgame interview?
It's going to be very difficult to trade GS. And it should be.
SL, any thoughts about the Ichiro story in the Post? (Be still my beating heart)
I saw that one. It's so uphill that I won't even think about it too much. It's almost like saying the Yankees would trade Jeter - Ichiro's that big in Seattle.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at November 11, 2005 10:04 AM
I don't really understand the focus on the OF. Matsui and Sheff aren't great defensively, but they're adequate and good enough with the bat to leave out there. Crosby isn't great with the bat, but is ok with the glove, has decent speed, and is becoming a better hitter. Unless there's a cheap major upgrade, what they really need is some solid backups - not high-priced "proven veterans", just guys that can go out and play the position competently and get the regulars some rest. There are far bigger holes in this team than Bubba Crosby.
I don't really understand the focus on the OF.
The IF is set, as is the starting rotation. It's too early to focus on the bullpen.