From the Beaver County Times -
If the Pittsburgh Pirates wind up trading closer Mike Gonzalez, it appears the most likely destination for the left-hander is the New York Yankees.
Baseball sources indicated Friday that Yankees are willing to part with left-handed hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera straight-up in a trade for Gonzalez. But the Pirates reportedly want a second player included, though the Yankees are highly unlikely to put right-hander Scott Proctor into the deal.
Cabrera, 22, hit .280 with seven homers, 50 RBIs and 12 steals in 130 games as a rookie last season after batting .385 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 31 games with Class AAA Columbus.
Gee, last time I checked, Melky was a switch-hitter…anyway…
If the Yankees are going to trade Melky Cabrera (alone, or with something) for Mike Gonzalez, then all I can say is that they better be right.
By this, I mean, either they don’t think Melky is going to be a very good full-time player, or, they think that Melky can play, but, they also think that getting Gonzalez now is like getting Goose Gossage back in 1978. Otherwise, there’s no way that you make this trade.
Because, if, at the end of the day, Mike Gonzalez turns out to be more like Felix Heredia, or, if, the moving of Melky Cabrera turns out to be the second coming of the Jay Buhner trade, then this move, if it happens the way it’s being proposed, will become a “Hugh Grant-Divine Brown” (What the hell were you thinking?) event for Brian Cashman.
When it comes to time to review Cash’s resume, everything else will take a back-seat to this deal – if it’s made and the Yankees are not right in their assessment of the talent involved.
Yankees, if you’re reading this, again, be warned. If you do this, you better be right.