From Ken Rosenthal:
The Yankees are telling clubs that they are open to moving outfielder Melky Cabrera, who would be a perfect fit for the White Sox.
Cabrera trails Brett Gardner in the Yankees’ center-field competition. By trading him, the team could open at-bats for Nick Swisher, who was beaten out by Xavier Nady in right field but also plays center, left and first.
The Yankees have talked about trading either Nady or Swisher, but potential suitors might be more willing to part with young talent for Cabrera, who is 24 and four years away from free agency.
There are multiple ways in which this brief blurb is a total Logic Fail. Firstly, the Yankees could open at-bats for Swisher by…..giving him at-bats.It really is that simple. Is there some sort of rule written in the Yankees corporate bylaws that require them to play Melky? Every time Girardi feels the urge to use Melky, he can look at his lineup card and say, “Hey, Nick Swisher is available and is so much better than Melky that it is embarrassing that I was even considering the Melkman.” See? Problem solved. There are certainly reasons to trade Melky (out of options, no real place on this team), but this is not one of them.
More interestingly, I cannot imagine one baseball executive that would consider giving up any young talent for Melky, and certainly not more talent than they would give up for Nady or Swisher. The money and service time really makes no difference when we are discussing players of such disparate talent levels. Melky is bad at the plate and middling in the field. He may be able to get you an aging player with a big contract, but young talent is out of the question. Nady and Swisher, on the other hand, could likely fetch at least one legitimate prospect, a position player with some upside who could supplement a Yankees farm system weak in that regard. To compare them to Melky is an insult.
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