• Yankees Acquire Greg Golson

    Posted by on January 26th, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via mlb.com

    The Yankees added to their outfield depth Tuesday, acquiring Greg Golson in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

    New York, which gave up Minor League infielder Mitch Hilligoss in the deal, receives a 24-year-old who batted .258 with 40 RBIs in 123 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2009. Golson, who had 27 extra-base hits last year, is a .263 career hitter in the Minors with 48 homers and 265 RBIs in 634 combined games in the Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

    Golson, a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, has made it to the Major Leagues for seven games — six with Philadelphia in ’08 and one with the Rangers last year. He is 0-for-7 with two runs scored in the big leagues.

    Prior to the 2009 season, Baseball America magazine named Golson “Best Athlete,” “Fastest Baserunner” and “Best Outfield Arm” in the Texas organization. The acquisition of Golson puts the Yankees’ 40-man roster at 39.

    Here’s a report on Golson from a year ago – when the Rangers picked him up – via Baseball America:

    With the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster staring them in the face Thursday, the Phillies and Rangers arrived at an inspired decision as they contemplated the organizational futures of Greg Golson and John Mayberry Jr., their toolsy but slow-moving outfielders. They traded their prospects straight-up for one another.

    Philadelphia sent Golson, its first-round pick (21st overall) in 2004, to Texas for Mayberry, the Rangers’ first-rounder (19th overall) in 2005. Both players are on their new clubs’ 40-man rosters, making them exempt from December’s Rule 5 draft.

    Golson, 23, offers huge speed, arm strength and range in center field, but his hitting tools and pitch recognition remain unrefined. A product of Austin’s Connally High, he batted .282/.333/.434 for Double-A Reading in 2008, chipping in 13 home runs, 18 doubles and 23 stolen bases in 28 attempts. The righthanded batter struck out 130 times in 426 at-bats, a rate that was in line with career norms, while drawing 34 walks. Even with a low contact rate, Golson’s power plays as average, and Eastern League mangers named him the league’s most exciting player. He’s batted .265/.309/.406 in 2,101 minor league at-bats, and he went 0-fot-6 for the Phillies as a September callup.

    Mitch Hilligoss is a long ways away from being useful at the major league level whereas Greg Golson could be a spare part off the bench at some point. Think “If Homer Bush was an outfielder.” Not a bad move by Cashman here…getting potentially something out of nothing.

    Comments on Yankees Acquire Greg Golson

    1. 77yankees
      January 26th, 2010 | 7:22 pm

      Well, maybe, we’ll see – but didn’t Bubba Crosby have similar credentials?

    2. Corey
      January 26th, 2010 | 7:29 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      Well, maybe, we’ll see – but didn’t Bubba Crosby have similar credentials?

      Worst case scenario, it’s nothing for nothing and nobody remembers this trade in 5 years.

    3. Corey
      January 26th, 2010 | 7:35 pm

      Plus, I can only hope he knocks Reid Gorecki’s position on the depth chart down a notch. Hopefully so far that he ends up in Trenton and stays there.

    4. MJ
      January 26th, 2010 | 11:55 pm

      As it stands right now, Golson’s not even going to sniff the majors for the Yanks until rosters expand on 9/1/10 or unless there is an emergency. The Yanks are currently carrying four outfielders (Granderson, Swisher, Gardner, Hoffmann) so they’re clearly not going with Golson as the fifth.

      In other words, this trade is meaningless and insignificant. It merely advances the talent level from an organizational player at High-A Tampa to an organizational player at Triple-A Scranton.

      The cost to the Yanks for improving their organizational depth was a spot on the 40-man roster. Not a big deal.

    5. January 27th, 2010 | 12:53 am

      @ MJ:
      Betcha a buck that Hoffmann doesn’t make it out of Spring Training.

    6. MJ
      January 27th, 2010 | 6:54 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Considering the fact that the 5th OF spot will come down to Golson or Hoffmann, I just don’t see the Yanks taking Golson over Hoffmann when Golson can’t hit a lick and Hoffmann is considered a plus defensive outfielder by scouts.

      In short, Hoffmann and Golson both suck but Hoffmann’s attributes probably match up better with what the Yanks need. A “Homer Bush” type of role can be played by Ramiro Pena in the early months and, in truth, the speedster off the bench doesn’t come into play until September/October.

    7. YankCrank
      January 27th, 2010 | 9:40 am

      ’10 Greg Golson= ’09 Freddy Guzman

    8. MJ
      January 27th, 2010 | 10:06 am

      YankCrank wrote:

      ‘10 Greg Golson= ‘09 Freddy Guzman

      Both equally worthless. We shouldn’t even spend the 10 seconds discussing them since they have no value whatsoever.

    9. YankCrank
      January 27th, 2010 | 10:11 am

      MJ wrote:

      Both equally worthless. We shouldn’t even spend the 10 seconds discussing them since they have no value whatsoever.

      That’s pretty much what I was getting at with my comparison, haha.

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