• Cubs Interested In Yanks’ Gardner Or Cabrera?

    Posted by on December 20th, 2009 · Comments (11)

    First the Royals and now the Cubs? Via the Daily News -

    The Yankees would like to acquire another starting pitcher this winter. Now that the best of the weak free agent class have signed, the names most often linked to them are Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer, former aces who are rehabbing from injuries.

    A trade is also an option, and the events of the past week could make the Chicago Cubs a potential trading partner. The Cubs, who dealt outfielder Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for starter Carlos Silva, are now looking for a center fielder. They could be interested in either Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner, who could be expendable after the Yankees traded for Curtis Granderson.

    Chicago GM Jim Hendry could be in contact with the Yankees about such a deal, according to a report on FoxSports.com.

    “The Cubs have their holes, but one thing they have enough of is starting pitching,” one AL executive said. “There’s a lot of factors to weigh – Cabrera and Gardner fit a budget – but you could see it being a match.”

    Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells are the Cubs’ top four starters. The candidates for the fifth spot are Silva, lefty Tom Gorzelanny and righty Jeff Samardzija, who also has been a reliever. Hendry has said that Silva could go to the bullpen.

    The 2010 Yankees are still a work in progress. Right now their starting outfield would be Nick Swisher in right, Granderson in center and Cabrera in left. Gardner would be the fourth outfielder, and Rule V draft pick Jamie Hoffmann the fifth. And GM Brian Cashman appears very content with that.

    At what point do the Yankees say to themselves: “Hmmm. Alotta teams want Brett Gardner. Maybe we should hang on to him since everyone else seems to think he’ll be a good player?”

    Comments on Cubs Interested In Yanks’ Gardner Or Cabrera?

    1. Scout
      December 20th, 2009 | 10:37 am

      Of course, the reverse thinking may be just as valid — cash in on a player whose value is high. This is especially true if the player is not vital to your club but could bring back an asset you need.

      So, just to pose a possibility, with a gap in the starting rotation and Ted Lilly (age 34) nearing the end of his Cubs deal and having long experience in the AL East, perhaps the basis for a swap is there, although I am sure it would take more than Gardener to secure him. (And, yes, in the interests of full disclosure, I was one who advocated in this space signing Lilly back when he was a free agent and the Yankees preferred Igawa.)

    2. YankCrank
      December 20th, 2009 | 11:26 am

      I’ll go on the record and say, at this point, the Yankees shouldn’t be in the business of trading any outfielders. Our outfield depth is about as deep as Brett and Hoffman and that’s already pretty thin.

      But let’s see where the offseason continues. Maybe another move is made somewhere that we could afford to deal Gardner. Maybe not, but as of now it’s probably not a great idea to lose another outfielder when we traded a young one – AJax – and let an old one – Damon – walk.

    3. Raf
      December 20th, 2009 | 11:32 am

      At what point do the Yankees say to themselves: “Hmmm. Alotta teams want Brett Gardner. Maybe we should hang on to him since everyone else seems to think he’ll be a good player?”

      A lot of people were interested in Gerald Williams too. :)

      Whether Gardner stays or goes makes little difference. If need be, Yanks will pick up another OF either via trade or free agency; it’s not like there is ever a shortage of outfielders.

    4. Corey
      December 20th, 2009 | 11:41 am

      How does the Cubs = a lot of teams?

    5. Raf
      December 20th, 2009 | 11:45 am

      Cubs AND Royals ;)

    6. Corey
      December 20th, 2009 | 12:00 pm

      Cubs AND Royals ;)
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      My mistake, there ARE tons of teams ;)

    7. December 20th, 2009 | 12:20 pm

      Chisox reportedly had an interest too – before the J.P. trade.

    8. Corey
      December 20th, 2009 | 1:35 pm

      OK, 3 teams. We know you like him, but 3 teams do not represent the opinions of the entire league. Especially considering the teams we’re talking about.

    9. Evan3457
      December 20th, 2009 | 3:06 pm

      Last 2 threads:

      I don’t like Swisher’s game. He’s peaked; let’s trade him.
      I like Gardner’s game. He’s on the upswing; let’s not trade him.

      Who was actually more valuable to last year’s Yankees?
      Uh, that would be Swisher…by a lot.
      =============================
      OK, OK, I can see trading Swisher, but you have to get a piece just as valuable.
      I can see not trading Gardner, but only if you really think he improves and gets more valuable.

      But I could see trading either one.

    10. butchie22
      December 20th, 2009 | 6:58 pm

      I like Gardner BUT Hendry is not a bright GM. My nickname for him is the anti-Theo, no matter what he does he can’t get the Cubs past their so-called Billy Goat Curse. If the Yanks can get something of value, go for it BECAUSE he’s the same man who signed Milton Bradley …when he knew he was a headcase. Judging by some of his other moves he can be fleeced……

    11. 77yankees
      December 20th, 2009 | 8:28 pm

      Remember, a lot of teams were interested in Ricky Ledee at one time too – did that mean he was going to be an All-Star?

      And there’s a reason the Cubs have gone 100 years without a World Championship, and why the Royals are usually mathematically eliminated by Memorial Day.

      And sorry, Bill Madden, lay off the egg nog before you write your Sunday Daily News column – the White Sox got Juan Pierre and Mark Teahen, not Carl Crawford & Albert Pujols.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/2009/12/19/2009-12-19_agents_tactics_leave_out_in_the_col.html?page=1

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