Friday Night Rumor Mill–June 9, 2006

Now that the Yankees know with some certainty that Gary Sheffield will be sidelined until at least September, they’ll have to trade for a veteran corner outfielder with some power. They’ve been able to ride out Hideki Matsui’s injury because of Melky Cabrera’s strong throwing arm and patience at the plate, but they can’t push their luck with another minor league replacement. Kevin Thompson is an excellent defensive outfielder, but he projects as a platoon or part-time player and simply doesn’t have the power ideally needed from a corner outfielder. There have been all sorts of rumors about players the Yankees will pursue, but let’s begin with the false candidates that have been championed in some corners of the mass media… Ken Griffey, Jr. makes little sense; he’s aging and injury prone, two qualities the Yankees already have in overstock. Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu will cost two much in terms of prospects, specifically Philip Hughes, who has been placed in an untouchable container by the Yankee front office. Xavier Nady won’t happen either, if only because the Mets and Yankees rarely make meaningful in-season trades with each other… On the other hand, several names do make sense for the Bombers. David Dellucci has become a hood ornament in Philadelphia, where’s he’s been wasted by Charlie Manuel, and can be had at a reasonable price (Sean Henn and/or Matt DeSalvo). Buried in the Nationals’ organization, Ryan Church remains very much available, probably at the middling cost of a B-level pitching prospect. And then there’s the Diamondback duo of Jeff DaVanon and Shawn Green, either of whom could be cleared out to make room for a younger outfielder. Green would cost more for the Yankees in terms of talent, but he’s far from an untouchable and could be pried loose without having to surrender a talent like Hughes in return…

The Blue Jays are convinced—and rightly so—that they’re a good middle infield away from overtaking either the Yankees or the Red Sox. Knowing that Aaron Hill Russ Adams aren’t the answers, the Jays continue to talk to the Devil Rays about Julio Lugo and the Angels about Adam Kennedy. Lugo would be a perfect fit at shortstop; he has good range on artificial turf and would give the Jays a needed basestealing threat. It’s debatable whether the Rays would take Shea Hillenbrand in return, though he would certainly be an upgrade over Travis Lee at first base…

Finally, the Mets did well in obtaining a warm body from the Rockies for Kaz Matsui, who had become an albatross on Willie Randolph’s bench. Eli Marrero is nothing spectacular, but he is a versatile bench player with some power who gives the Mets a third-string catcher and a backup outfielder. If Randolph so desires, he can use Ramon Castro as a pinch-hitter in close games and still have an emergency catcher available in Marrero.

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And then there’s the Diamondback duo of Jeff DaVanon and Shawn Green, either of whom could be cleared out to make room for a younger outfielder. Green would cost more for the Yankees in terms of talent, but he’s far from an untouchable and could be pried loose without having to surrender a talent like Hughes in return…

Do the Yankees have two healthy young pitchers, preferably at least one lefty, they would be willing to part with in return for Shawn Green. The D’Backs have a rightfielder they sent to Triple A, Carlos Quentin, simply because they had no room for him with the Big Club. He’s ready for the majors.

If the D’Backs wold trade Green, they could call up Quentin, another right hander to balance out their lefty overloaded lineup, and he could share RF with the switch-hitting DaVanon.

Kellia

http://byrnesblog.mlblogs.com

Kellia, the Yankees have several pitchers at Triple-A that might interest Arizona. Left-hander Sean Henn and right-handers Matt DeSalvo and T.J. Beam could be used in a package. And then there’s lefty reliever Matt Smith, who is now with the Yankees and has some trade value.

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