November 21, 2007
Melky On The Block?
From the Chicago Sun-Times -
The New York Yankees, who are shopping center fielder Melky Cabrera for pitching, could become a formidable sixth suitor [for Torii Hunter] if they can trade Cabrera by early next week.
Ah, the "Whither Melky? question.
Man, I'm going to miss him. Probably not as much as Cano will miss him - but, pretty darn close.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 21, 2007 10:09 AM
While I'd be sad to see Melky go, I think this is a good sign for the organization. The one thing any team's FO (and manager for that matter) must do well is self-scout. They cannot afford to over-value or under-value the players on their roster or in their system. That analytical edge is what tips the balance on trades and free agent signings. Melky does not have the high ceiling that would make him an untouchable. Indeed, a low-end scenario for Melky would make him a below-replacement level centerfielder and even the most optimistic scenario doesn't see him as Aaron Rowand's equal in a good year.
Why would trading Cabrera first be necessary for the Yankees to join the Hunter stakes?
FWIW, I don't favor going after Hunter, why live with the 4th, 5th, or 6th year of a contract on an aging CFer?
~and even the most optimistic scenario doesn't see him as Aaron Rowand's equal in a good year~
True, but Rowand's not consistent enough to assume he won't have bad years either.
Brett Gardner again? Really? A guy that can't hit in the minors will take over CF after we move Melky? Why move Melky then if you're not upgrading at the position. Seems silly.
And don't get me started on the Torii conversation. What is it about Torii that makes people want to invest in him for more than three years?