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November 02, 2005

Gary Matthews Jr.

I know Matthews was on the Yankees radar in July (when they were looking at CF possibilities). And, in August I suggested a possible trade for him.

I think when he was waived by the Orioles in May 2003 it served as a wake-up call for him. Either that, or, the hitting coach with the Padres (who claimed him) did something with him. Over the last 3 seasons, he's been an average offensive performer - not great, but someone who can carry his own weight.

He has above average speed and is an above average defensive centerfielder in terms of range - and, his arm is acceptable. I've heard that his "hands" do not match up with his other defensive strengths - but, they're not consistent Clank! monsters either.

If Laynce Nix does comes back for Texas in 2006, he can play CF for them.

I not sure if getting Matthews is something that the Yankees are considering now, or if it's possible. But, if they do trade for him, I think I would be happy with him playing CF in the Bronx next year and batting 9th for the team.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 2, 2005 12:32 PM