Re: Yankees trying to Trade Gardner
posted at 12/15/2013 2:25 PM EST
In response to solareclipse's comment:
They are working hard to try and give the appearance "we're going to keep him for defense with Ellsbury", but it's hollow. Any team that makes a higher rated prospect offer will get Gardner for sure. Wells is a dead trade asset, and the DH depth chart is heavy, to say the least. With Wells and Ellsbury and Ichiro and Soriano (2 more old dead trade assets), the Yankees only decent trade OF profile is Gardner.
ESPN is a joke on sport journalism. It's nothing but a ratings ad business.
While the Yankees might not get another team to offer a good enough prospect such that Gardner isn't traded and ends up as injury insurance/depth, he is on the market in the true sense.
The irony is that if you look at Garnder and Ellsbury career splits you will see that Ellsbury isn't that much better than Gardner. Better, yes, but not that much better. I think Gardner is a better OF defender, Gardner has the slightly better OBP and Ellsbury is the better but no way better slugger, HR and OPS profile. But, folks, when you put it all together, who in their right mind signs Ellsbury over Granderson or Ellsbury over Gardner and surrenders a draft pick and a ton more money?
It's taboo because of the fear of backfire embarrassment, but if the Red Sox didn't have Bradley I would look to acquire Gardner who is, in fact, just short of fire sell mode.
Only Brian Cashman is capable of such non-sense. Furthermore, it's rumored he's interested in bringing back Ibanez. If there's a worse GM in baseball I don't know about it. I hope the yankees keep him as GM forever!!!