The NY Post is reporting that the Yankees are in serious talks with the agents of free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. The Yankees have been in search for an outfielder, as it seems Johnny Damon will not be returning. With Granderson in center and Nick Swisher in right, left field is weak with just Gardner. Would Johnson be a good choice?
- He has hit over .300 twice in his career.
- He hits .313 against lefties in his career and could fill in for Granderson who is weak against lefties.
- Gardner may not be consistent enough to start everyday in left.
- He can play all three outfield positions.
- He most likely won’t require a long term deal.
- He hit just .255 last year.
- He really isn’t a strong enough player to start in left, at least not any stronger than Gardner.
- The Yankees have some other options for left within their system.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck. If anything, I would like to see the Yankees go after another pitcher. The Yankees were lucky enough to make it through the playoffs with just three starters, and you have to think that won’t work again. Last year, everything went right, you have to expect some adversity. And right now, the Yankees pitching depth can not deal with that as easily as the outfield can. Bottom line, a pitcher will help this team more than an outfielder right now.
POLL UPDATE: 100% (7 votes) of you think that the Vazquez trade was a good idea.
I was surprised to see a report in the Daily News today that the Cubs might make a move to send Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner to Chicago in exchange for a pitcher. According to FoxSports.com, the move would be initiated by the Cubs GM.
With the recent loss of the Cubs OF Milton Bradley and the Yankees shortage of pitchers, coupled with the fact that the Yankees have extra outfielders and the Cubs have extra pitching, the deal would make sense.
As the Yankee outfield looks right now, its Granderson in center, Swisher in right and Melky in left. Gardner and recent Rule 5 draft pick-up, Jamie Hoffman, would be the fourth and fifth outfielders respectively.
Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lily, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells are the Cubs top pitchers. Zambrano is a head case that I don’t need to watch everyday, freaking out in the clubhouse. Dempster had a great year in 2008, but is iffy otherwise. Lily is a solid, veteran starter. Wells is an extremely young starter who seems to have a lot of potential.
So, in the rumor stages of this deal, you can pick which pitcher you would like to see. Either way, the Yankees need pitching. As it looks right now, these options on the Cubs look a lot better than what’s left on the market. Neither Gardner or Cabrera is going to be a huge difference maker, but will the Yankees be willing to give one of them up?
UPDATE 8:58 p.m. Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that the Yankees talked to the Cubs about a trade for Zambrano. No talks are active as of now. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated also tweets that if this trade were to happen, the Yankees could go after Jermaine Dye to fill in for Melky/Gardner.
Poll of the Day:
Should the Yankees trade Melky/Gardner for a pitcher?(online surveys)
A table of Yankees got together for Thanksgiving. They went around the table saying what they were thankful for. Here’s what they said:
is thankful for Kate Hudson. And Luis Castillo for dropping that pop up.
is thankful for Lou Gehrig’s career being cut short, giving him the chance to break his all time Yankee hits record.
is thankful for championship number 27. Had the Yankees not won this championship, his job would be in serious danger.
is thankful for the Yankees didn’t just send him down to the minors. His 4.75 ERA was rough to watch all the way through.
is thankful that the Yankees have a disgusting amount of money, making it remotely possible that they will offer him a contract, after having an ERA over 9.
is thankful for Xavier Nady’s injury. He’s also thankful for his wit, which has made his atrocious defense and lack of postseason production, almost tolerable.
is thankful that MLB didn’t fine him an amount that actually matters to him for his fight with Jesse Carlson of the Blue Jays.
is thankful for his record breaking RBI total in the final game of the World Series. That may be a great ending to his Yankee career.
I am thankful for…
All of my readers that make writing this blog all worth while. And, of course, #27! Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
What are you thankful for?
Write a comment on this entry saying what you are thankful for this thanksgiving. Help spread the holiday spirit!
BOS 2 NYY 1 BOT 5
|D Jeter SS||4||0||1||0||2||1||28||0.333||.399|
|J Damon DH||5||0||1||0||1||2||28||0.288||.368|
|M Teixeira 1B||4||1||0||0||2||2||30||0.281||.380|
|A Rodriguez 3B||5||0||1||1||0||2||17||0.269||.400|
|J Posada C||4||3||2||3||1||1||23||0.28||.357|
|R Cano 2B||4||2||3||2||1||0||12||0.32||.350|
|N Swisher LF-RF||5||1||1||2||0||2||17||0.248||.368|
|E Hinske RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||15||0.241||.323|
|J Hairston Jr. LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||0.286||.392|
|M Cabrera CF||4||1||2||0||1||1||20||0.273||.333|
* The Starter
A.J. Burnett: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR
* Wrap Up
Yankees now go 36 games over .500, the most since 2000. Burnett has been pretty horrible lately and is going to need to get on track. Boston beat Tampa, but who cares. If the Yanks keep winning, it wont matter anymore. The Yankees maintain their 6.5 game lead in the east.
* Coming Up Next
Sabathia (15-7, 3.56) vs. Berken (4-11, 6.33)
Hairston boots Pettittes perfect game, Yanks still get it done.