• Brett Gardner For Didi Gregorius?

    Posted by on December 7th, 2013 · Comments (10)

    Yeah, I just made that one up.

    Gregorius can’t hit LHP at all. But, against righties, he does very well. And, if he can play SS, then he can play 2B.

    This would enable the Yankees to move Soriano to LF and open up DH for Jeter and Beltran – who will probably need that a few times a week.

    Yes, it would hurt to lose Gardner. But, if you’re not going to sign him after this year – and who knows if the Yankees will? – then why not move him? And, if Didi does well in the Bronx, then he gives you an option at SS in 2015 when Jeter is done.

    Why would the D’backs do this? Well, they have Chris Owings ready to step in at short. And, they could use an outfielder. But, they may not want to move Didi for one year of Gardner. That may be the biggest issue.

    Comments on Brett Gardner For Didi Gregorius?

    1. #15
      December 7th, 2013 | 9:05 pm

      Keep Gardy.

      Steve,
      I think it’s time for a poll. Right now… taking the severe 2013 injuries to Jeter, Tex, A-Rod, and Grandy into account, are the Yankees a better team than they were last year (assuming all the FA physicals go through okay)?

    2. LMJ229
      December 8th, 2013 | 11:31 am

      I can’t stand all this talk of trading Gardner. We have some seriously injury plagued players on our OF roster and Gardner is the youngest and cheapest of them. They should go with a rotation of Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, and Soriano to try and keep everyone fresh. Eat half of Ichiro’s salary and trade him to any team that could use an OF with name value for their fans for only $3M. Heck, that’s what we are paying Kelly Johnson. And I’d out and out release Vernon Welles. That guy is useless.

    3. LMJ229
      December 8th, 2013 | 11:42 am

      #15 wrote:

      I think it’s time for a poll. Right now… taking the severe 2013 injuries to Jeter, Tex, A-Rod, and Grandy into account, are the Yankees a better team than they were last year (assuming all the FA physicals go through okay)?

      I’d think the Yankees are better offensively. A healthy Jeter and Tex are certainly better than their 2013 versions. A healthy Ellsbury is better than a healthy Granderson. McCann is better than any catcher we ran out there last year. A-Rod is so washed up that a good year from Kelly Johnson might equal his pitiful stats. Obviously, Cano is a huge blow but the recent pick-up of Beltran is designed to negate at least some of that loss. Plus we will have a full year of Soriano now.

      The pitching is another story. That is our Achilles heal, especially with no more Mo who really cannot be replaced. The pitching may very well be our downfall this season.

    4. redbug
      December 8th, 2013 | 12:50 pm

      @ LMJ229:The pitching is another story. That is our Achilles heal, especially with no more Mo who really cannot be replaced. The pitching may very well be our downfall this season.

      I agree, offense, if healthy – or at least healthier than last yr, is improved, even w/o Cano.

      But, I agree pitching, esp starting, needs help. Don’t forget, Andy is gone too.

      I hope they don’t try for a closer. Robertson will do fine. They have to focus on starters.

    5. Evan3457
      December 8th, 2013 | 2:17 pm

      redbug wrote:

      @ LMJ229:The pitching is another story. That is our Achilles heal, especially with no more Mo who really cannot be replaced. The pitching may very well be our downfall this season.
      I agree, offense, if healthy – or at least healthier than last yr, is improved, even w/o Cano.
      But, I agree pitching, esp starting, needs help. Don’t forget, Andy is gone too.
      I hope they don’t try for a closer. Robertson will do fine. They have to focus on starters.

      Right now, the pitching is down Pettitte and Mariano from last year. Logan, too, but he was a mixed bag, in the end. They probably should sign one more starter, and a relatively inexpensive veteran with some closing experience to back up Robertson. Yanks still need one more infielder.

      Back to the subject of this thread: Gregorius can field, but he can’t hit. Gardner is more valuable, and not by a little, but he’s also going to get a lot more expensive in the near term. Gregorius is 23, and might get better as a hitter. But he also might not, he was terrible in the 2nd half after the league adjusted to him.

    6. Evan3457
      December 8th, 2013 | 2:18 pm

      Rather move Gardner in a package for a good starter, if that’s possible.

    7. McMillan
      December 8th, 2013 | 8:59 pm

      redbug wrote:

      The pitching is another story. That is our Achilles heal, especially with no more Mo who really cannot be replaced. The pitching may very well be our downfall this season.

      What else is new?

      redbug wrote:

      But, I agree pitching, esp starting, needs help. Don’t forget, Andy is gone too.

      Cashman said in 2010 that he “has until July” to address the needs of the starting rotation. Maybe he meant July of 2014? We can only hope…

      We’re talking about “Mo and Andy” – two pitchers that date back to the early 1990s… In fairness to Cashman, he’s only been the G.M. for 16 years.

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Rather move Gardner in a package for a good starter, if that’s possible.

      With a different G.M. it would be…

    8. Sweet Lou
      December 9th, 2013 | 8:52 pm

      redbug wrote:

      The pitching is another story. That is our Achilles heal…

      That’s like saying, “the New York Jets’ offense is its Achilles heal.”

    9. December 11th, 2013 | 5:47 pm

      Brian, thanks for reading!

      https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/410821691216891904

      #Yankees like #diamondbacks Didi Gregorius. Wonder if could play at 2b this yr and have as Jeter insurance in ’14, replacement in ’15

    10. February 27th, 2014 | 4:34 pm

      Dbacks reportedly want a younger catcher for Didi Gregorius. Yankees have those, right?

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