• Yanks Eye-Balling Berkman?

    Posted by on July 30th, 2010 · Comments (5)

    Via Joel Sherman

    Lance Berkman does not directly fit any of the Yankees’ greatest needs.

    However, his price both in dollars and/or prospects has fallen so low that the Yankees are definitely looking hard whether to acquire the switch-hitter.

    The Yankees philosophy right now is this: They have some money to spend. Almost every other team in the majors doesn’t. So they are telling organizations hungry to move high-priced players to call and make their best offer. Translation: We can take some of your money headaches, but if we do we are not going to give up much in prospects.

    By no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow, the Yankees will see what most appeals to them from his overpriced buffet and pick an item or two.

    This is why they dropped out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes: Because the Nationals were not willing to take marginal prospects just to get rid of the money. The same might go for Toronto and Scott Downs.

    So for now the Yanks are seeing if they could use their financial might to act as vultures. So while they claim they are feeling no pressure to address the rotation, the Yanks are at least looking at Ted Lilly to see if the Cubs would essentially give him away in exchange for the Yanks taking the $4 million or so left on his contract. That, though, is not as much of a frontburner item as Berkman.

    The Yankees are “telling organizations hungry to move high-priced players to call and make their best offer”? But, I thought Brian Cashman had a “budget” this year?

    Comments on Yanks Eye-Balling Berkman?

    1. Evan3457
      July 30th, 2010 | 5:13 pm

      Berkman’s not hitting very well this season. It’s not at all certain he’s a significant upgrade on Thames/Miranda at this point, when you adjust for the differnce in the divisions. I’ve read the usual “scouts” bullspit that he may be finished. Don’t know how real that is.
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      As for Cashman and the budget, a $10 million player has less than $4 million left on his contract for the season. That might be within the overall budget.

    2. MJ Recanati
      July 30th, 2010 | 5:19 pm

      @ Evan3457:
      Career OBP .410 and 2010 OBP .372. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a good pickup for the Yanks at the right price considering we were sold an idiotic bill of goods on Nick Johnson who is the same player with less power (career .173 ISO vs. Berkman’s .191 in 2010).

      For taking all of his contract, the Yanks should be able to send Houston one or two C-grade prospects and then plug the switch-hitting Berkman into a DH platoon with Thames (Berkman vs. RHP/Thames v. LHP).

      Berkman isn’t Dunn — I’d rather have Big Donkey over Fat Elvis — but Berkman is absolutely an upgrade over the current DH situation.

    3. Scout
      July 30th, 2010 | 5:43 pm

      I am not surprised that the Yankees are prepared to take on salary. That was likely the original budget plan — they would begin the year at a particular figure, knowing they would add an additional few million along the way. No surprise there; happens every season. And that probably was not Cashman’s call, either, but the Steinbrenners’. There are other possibilities — revenues may be stronger than anticipated or the death of George may have led the family to decide to honor him by going all out this year.

    4. Corey Italiano
      July 30th, 2010 | 6:07 pm

      Berkman + Thames platoon at DH could be interesting considering the wide disparity in Berkman’s splits :

      Berkman
      VS. RHP : .261/.395/.479 12 HR 45 RBI in 286 PA
      VS. LHP : .188/.278/.281 1 HR 4 RBI in 72 PA

      But only interesting if it doesn’t cost anything. Should be noted that Berkman has hit well over his last couple of games (Although SSS).

    5. Evan3457
      July 30th, 2010 | 10:14 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      Career OBP .410 and 2010 OBP .372. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a good pickup for the Yanks at the right price considering we were sold an idiotic bill of goods on Nick Johnson who is the same player with less power (career .173 ISO vs. Berkman’s .191 in 2010).
      For taking all of his contract, the Yanks should be able to send Houston one or two C-grade prospects and then plug the switch-hitting Berkman into a DH platoon with Thames (Berkman vs. RHP/Thames v. LHP).
      Berkman isn’t Dunn — I’d rather have Big Donkey over Fat Elvis — but Berkman is absolutely an upgrade over the current DH situation.

      I can’t argue with this.

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