One of our loyal readers, Scott L, brought up an interesting notion yesterday for the umpteenth time, and I think the topic deserves a closer look. He suggested that the Yankees explore trading Melky Cabrera for relief pitching, being that Melky is playing extremely well now and is unlikely to ever be more valuable on the trade market. Melky is at .311/.360/.473 and is playing a very strong CF, numbers that place him in the top 6-8 CF’ers in most statistical categories. If you believe that Melky is playing way above his head, it may make sense to cash in on his increased value while you can. With Brett Gardner improving to the point where his defense and basestealing are not counteracted by his offense (his .265/.346/.385 line is similar to Jacoby Ellsbury’s), the Yankees would have a replacement in CF ready to go.
Personally, I think trading Melky would be a bad move, unless the Yankees received a young, cost controlled power bullpen arm with a track record of success. The problem is, there is no way that two good months from Melky will convince a team to give up that kind of player. The best you might do at this point is a Damaso Marte type, a solid reliever who you hope can pitch in the AL East. Because the Yankees have plenty of that sort of pitcher, it seems that Melky would be infinitely more valuable to the Yankees by remaining on the team and playing every day. That way, the Yankees have their CF of the future if his performance thus far is not a fluke, and do not lose much if it is fact just a hot streak. I would hold on to Melky. He may just surprise us.
What do you think?
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