From the Post today:
The Post has learned the Yankees and Braves have held discussions about the Yankees acquiring switch-hitting infielder Wilson Betemit and may be willing to give up reliever Scott Proctor.
The Yankees view Betemit as the ultimate utility man who can play second base in Robinson Cano’s absence. Cano, who has missed a month due to a hamstring problem, is at least two weeks away and could be out longer.
Getting Betemit would allow the Yankees to entertain trade offers for Cano during the offseason, when they will be in the market for pitching.
First off, I’m always leery of Dominican middle infielders with “Wilson” in their name. That didn’t work out too well, the last time, in New York.
Moving past that, Wilson Betemit is not a poor hitter – but, he’s not a great one either. He’s average.
You could do a lot worse for a back-up infielder on your roster.
Would I want him to play 2B and then trade Cano? I would only do that if Cano brings you a young Grade-A starting pitcher. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to move Cano for Betemit.
Would I give up Proctor for Betemit? No.
I don’t feel that comfortable turning “ProcFarnMo” ™ into “BeamFarnMo” (or something like that.)
Now, even if you told me that Octavio Godot was ready – and that he could pitch lights-out for the next three months – I would still not move Proctor to pick up a spare middle infielder.
Matt Smith? T.J. Beam? Sure – in a minute. But, not Proctor. Not now.
The Yankees need major-league-proven good arms at this moment – they don’t need to be trading them away.