I was away this weekend and found out about the Lance Berkman trade via the radio Friday night while on the way to my girlfriend’s from a softball game (20-3 W, I was 0-3 with a sac fly–two balls, including the sac fly were ripped right at the right-center fielder…bad BABIP luck).
Anyway, my thoughts on the three trades the Yankees pulled off…
I know Berkman’s been having an iffy season and is likely in his decline phase, but I love this trade. I’m not a fan of the rotating DH because it means that a replacement level player–Ramiro Pena or Francisco Cervelli–has to play and that hurts the team. With Nick Johnson out, presumably for the year now, this is a good move. Berkman presents a similar skill set (15.5% walk rate) to Johnson, but with a ton more power (.253 IsoP, though it’s at “only” .198 this season). Fat Elvis can slot into literally any slot in the lineup and be right at home. The price, though, is what really sold me on this deal.
I always had high hopes for Mark Melancon, but he stumbled this season and it appeared he wasn’t going to get much of an extended shot at the big league level with the Yankees. Paredes is still in A ball and while he’s demonstrated good contact skills (.280 BA), he still looks like he has some work to do and has a ways to go before reaching the majors. I loev this price because it is so not what I thought it would be. I thought Houston would at least want Ivan Nova and Eduardo Nunez to start. I would have done that deal, and I’m definitely happy with trading a reliever and a Low A infielder for a guy of Berkman’s caliber.
Austin Kearns for a player to be named later? Cool. Kearns may not be the sexiest of the sexy, but he’s a useful piece. As a right handed batter, he helps the Yankees with one of their few offensive problems: hitting left handers (.353 wOBA vs. LHP). And as a bench OF, he provides a little more than Colin Curtis. Curtis was fine in his role, but getting him more reps at Scranton could be beneficial to him.
Kerry Wood for a PTBNL is also good. He may’ve struggled a bit this year with a 5.04 xFIP, but I’ll always gamble on an arm like his, especially for a player to be named later. At best, he’s a rock-sold set-up man for Mariano Rivera. At worst, he’s a guy with a good arm who can miss bats.
One hole that wasn’t filled was the bench infielder spot that I think could be upgraded, but that’s not a huge deal and there’s still the waiver wire to fill that hole. But, the Yankees filled three holes out of four this past weekend for relatively small costs. I’m happy with Brian Cashman and his team for the moves they made at the trade deadline. I look forward to what they’ll do in August.
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