2013 Potential Trade Targets — Part II

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Quentin. (Doug Pensinger/Getty)
Quentin. (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

Last week, I scoured through some of the RAB comments (bold!, I know), and wrote a post on a few potential trade candidates. Since then, we’ve received several trade suggestions. So, what was initially expected to be a two-part series has now become a four-part series. With that said, let’s dive into part deux.

Carlos Quentin
A former Diamondbacks first round draft pick (2003), Carlos Quentin, has done fairly well this season, batting .262/.364/.482 (.367 wOBA, 143 wRC+) over 195 plate appearance heading into last night’s game. He’s spent time throughout his career at both outfield corners, and would represent a noticeable upgrade over the cumulatively less-than-stellar production of Ichiro Suzuki, Vernon Wells, Thomas Neal, Brennan Boesch, and former Yankee, Ben Francisco.

Eventually, Curtis Granderson will return, though who knows how he’ll do after having sustained injuries to both the wrist/forearm and the hand. Zoilo Almonte has been a feel good story thus far, though I think it’s unrealistic to expect him to be a productive full-time starting big leaguer right away. Much to Carlos’ credit, he takes a fair amount of walks (9.2 BB%) and doesn’t give up a ton of strike outs (15.5 K%).  He also fits the Yankees hit-for-power mantra (.237 ISO). On the surface, Quentin (who’ll be turning 31 years old in August), makes for a sensible choice in trade targets. As an added bonus, the Yankees would never have to wonder who’d be willing to fight Zack Greinke should he get mouthy on the mound again, so there’s that.

Just as with all players, there are some concerns though. For starters, Quentin’s never been particularly consistent. He had a really solid season in 2008 (4.7 fWAR) in which he ended fifth on the MVP balloting. Other than that though, he’s been very mediocre through limited play (just twice in his career has he amassed over 500 plate appearances). Why the limited exposure, you may ask?  Well, the answer is simple — injuries, injuries, and more injuries. Here’s the run down:

  1. 2003 — Tommy John Surgery
  2. 2007 — Partial tear of left labrum
  3. 2008 — Injured wrist after slamming bat in frustration (later reported that he had a fractured wrist and would undergo season-ending surgery).
  4. 2009 — Plantar fasciitis
  5. 2011 — Sprained left shoulder on a diving catch (would make only two more plate appearances the rest of the season)
  6. 2012 — Opened the season on the DL after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus (his knee bothered him again later in September which resulted in another season-ending surgery)
  7. 2013 — Sore left shoulder, sore right knee, sore right wrist (all have kept him day-to-day this season)

Quentin is also currently signed to a three-year, $27M contract (with a mutual option for 2016) with the Padres, though he has expressed a willingness to waive his no-trade clause for an AL club if he could take on a designated hitter role. These last two points are what make this scenario challenging. The team would be taking on a defensively limited guy for a couple seasons who’s not only injury prone, but also earns an average of $9 million a year. Moreover, we’re talking about a guy who is realistically only capable of playing in the lineup as a DH on any sort of regular basis (if at all). To make matters worse, over the past few seasons, Quentin has also shown an increased tendancy of not hitting lefties.

Quentin wouldn’t necessarily resolve the outfield concerns, nor would he help with the inevitable log jam at DH. It’s also difficult to say what this would cost the Yankees in terms of prospects. Perhaps San Diego requests a couple mid-level prospects and some salary relief. Or maybe they ask for more given the lack of options available by the trade deadline. Basically, I think this is one of those ideas that’s kind of nice in theory, but isn’t the most practical in reality.

Mike Morse
My gut reaction to Morse was “Here’s another guy that I have absolutely no interest in.” He’s been generally regarded as sub-par defensively and on the bases. While he does showcase some power (career .197 ISO), he doesn’t take walks at all (career 6.1 BB%) and strikes out often (career 22.2 K%).

So with proper bias in place, I visited FanGraphs. To Morse’s credit, he’s actually produced relatively well the past few seasons, basically since getting the opportunity to play full-time (148 wRC+ in 2011, 113 wRC+ in 2012, and 115 wRC+ so far in 2013), though he too has been limited in exposure throughout his career overall (only one season with 500+ at bats). Oddly, this season Morse has had some difficulty with righties despite being a .284 career hitter against them (through 138 plate appearances in 2013, he’s batting .225). I don’t think that that would be a deal-breaker by any means, but it would be something to keep an eye out on.

The Mariners owed Morse $7 million this season so the Yankees would only be on the hook for about $3.5M or so at most, depending on when the deal is done — granted that’s not really cheap for a rental. He’s also a free agent next season, so I don’t think the Yankees would be necessarily forced to give up a whole lot despite Morse’s solid start to the season, especially if the Mariners are expecting any salary relief. Again, maybe a middling prospect and some cash gets it done. As an added bonus, Morse can also play first base, which would alleviate some of the burden currently being caused by a cooling Lyle Overbay and an injured Mark Teixeira. In other words, I actually give this proposal a relunctant thumbs up. I think it may make sense now given the overall lack of power production, and wouldn’t hinder the team too much down the road.

Hart. (Mark Hirsch/Getty)
Hart. (Mark Hirsch/Getty)

Corey Hart
 A guy like Hart sure is tempting, huh?  We’re talking about a guy who’s been pretty good offensively the past few seasons (career .276/.334/.491, .354 wOBA, 117 wRC+), has hit over 25 home runs in each of the past three seasons, and who is only 31 years old. Hart’s concluding his three-year commitment with the Brewers (owed $10.3M this year) and is expected to be a free agent after the season. Better yet, we’re talking about a guy who plays Right Field and First Base — a guy kind of like Nick Swisher.  The Brewers are currently sitting in last place in the N.L. Central at 31-43, so they may even be sellers by the deadline (or perhaps before).

So what’s the catch?  Well for starters he’s been sidelined all season recovering from knee surgery. He was supposed to be back in May initially. Then he was expected to return in June. Now he’s not going to be back until after the All-Star break at the earliest. Knee injuries are a pain (literally) and they take time to recover from. It’ll be interesting to see how he does when he returns. He may go back to being his old self, or he may struggle at the plate if he’s unable to deal with the impact of pivoting through the swing. Hart is the kind of guy who wouldn’t necessarily come cheap either.  Aside from some salary relief, I’d imagine the Brewers would be looking for an above-average prospect despite the injury.

That said, Hart would be the type of player who I would hope the team seroiusly considers in the offseason if he has a strong second half of this season. Who knows, maybe another short-term deal is plausible if enough teams question his durability heading forward.

Alex Rios
Mike discussed Rios briefly in last Friday’s mailbag. He hit on my two biggest gripes against Rios, age 32. He’s been very inconsistent throughout his career and would cost quite a bit (he’s owed $13M this season and next, so the Yanks would presumably be on the hook for up to as much as $20M). Frankly, it was viewed as an act of brilliance when the Blue Jays managed to dump both Rios’ and Wells’ contracts onto other teams; I’m not sure I want to be cheering on the team that intentionally acquires both after having already committed two years too many to Ichiro. That’s a lot of cash for a potentially disasterous outfield.

To be fair, Rios was pretty solid last season, and has been pretty good this season so far (.280/.340/.465, .348 wOBA, 116 wRC+ with 11 home runs), and would certainly mark an upgrade over what the team’s been marching out into right field. On the plus side, Rios has been relatively healthy throughout his career, has some speed on the bases, and can handle pitchers of either handedness (which is a nice change of pace given all the platoon players the team currently employs). One interesting tidbit is that almost all of Rios’ home runs are hit to left field (he’s a dead pull hitter). When I checked out his home run trajectories and then overlaid Yankee stadium, they all would have been Home Runs. The point is, maybe Death Valley in left-center wouldn’t be that much of a hindrance to Rios despite less-than-ideal dimensions for his swing.

I guess what it comes down to is whether you think Rios will continue his production for another season and a half. He seems to have figured it out these last couple seasons with the White Sox. Given that it’s not my money (or my ass on the line), I’d be tempted to take this gamble assuming the cost of acquiring Rios is reasonable beyond the dollars and cents. The White Sox also currently stink (31-43), so they very well could be realistic sellers by the trade deadline.

(Mike McGinnis/Getty)
Aramis. (Mike McGinnis/Getty)

Aramis Ramirez
The first thing I’ll say about Aramis is that I didn’t realize he was already 35 years old. I forget that he’s been in the league since 1998 having spent time with the Pirates, Cubs and Brewers. The second thing I’ll say about Aramis is that he’s a Third Baseman, which by default, makes him appealing to me given the nonsense the Yankees are currently fielding at the position.

As it turns out, Ramirez has actually been pretty good too. After posting a strong season last year (5.8 fWAR), he’s continued to swing the bat well this season (.267/.347/.413, .336 wOBA, 113 wRC+). He provides some power (.151 ISO) and patience (10.2 BB%). He doesn’t strike out a ton either (18.1%), and has been pretty effective throughout his career when it comes to hitting for average (.285 BA) which is fueled by a career .292 BABIP. And as mentioned above, the Brewers will be a team likely to sell.

So, time to bring him on board, right? Well, not so fast. There are some hurdles. First, Alex Rodriguez could potentially return to the roster not too long after the All-Star break. This creates a bit of a lineup logjam. I assume they would try to to keep both Ramirez’s and Rodriguez’s bat in the lineup which means one will have to play DH — a spot already occupied by Travis Hafner, and eventually shared with Derek Jeter and probably Teixeira (should he not go the season-ending surgery route).

Secondly, Ramirez wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon if the Yankees did acquire him. He’s owed $10M this season and $16M next season, with a $14M dollar mutual option ($4 million buyout) in 2015. So what else is new with the expensive 35-year-old you might ask? Well, he’s also recovering from a knee injury. I’m not sure he’s the type of guy you want to break the bank on when it comes to rejuvenating an already severely injured lineup. I assume the Brewers will look for at least a couple decent prospects in addition to salary relief. Right idea, wrong timing here maybe. Then again, that seems to be the case for a lot of trade candidates, really.

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  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mikey O’Brien for Quentin
    Rookie Davis for Morse
    Yeicock Calderon for Hart
    Carmen Angelini for Rios
    Re-sign Shaeffer Hall, trade him for Ramirez


    In all seriousness, I’d be interested in Morse and rios. There’s also not a short list of guys I’m not giving up for either of those guys.

    • Jim Is Bored

      You’re all about trading our boy Mikey.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m all about bringing up the funnier names in our system as much as possible, which is why Rookie Davis gets so much love.

        • jjyank

          It’s moments like these that I wish we still had Exicardo Cayones.

          • tmoney

            Dont forget Rigoberto Arribato Mr Robato

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Morse makes the most sense as of right now. Tex looks like he’s done for the season, so we need some 1B upgrade on Overbay and Hart just had another setback theres still no timetable as to when he’ll be back. The Padres probably don’t want to move Quentin given they just signed him to an extension and have worked themselves back into contention. Ramirez makes too much money given that we already have a 3B.
    I like Rios but I think he would probably cost too much (prospect wise)

    • MannyGeee

      We have multiple 3B. But the LITERALLY cannot stay on the field. With the exception of Adams, who is certainly overmatched at this moment.

  • Jim Is Bored

    No on Aramis, no thanks to more old, injury prone 3B/1B/DH types.

    Yes on Morse, seems low risk enough with it hard to imagine him not being better than Overbay.

    Probably a no on Quentin, might be a yes if he were a righty.

    Yes on Rios if it can be done without giving up any B or above prospects.

    • TheOneWhoKnocks

      Quentin IS a righty.

      • Jim Is Bored

        …this is when I take a 5 minute break in the corner.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …and mutter obscenities at Axisa under your breath for lack of an edit button when you clearly should have proofread. I do that about eight times a day.

        • jjyank

          Jim Is In Time-out.

      • Jim Is Bored

        I guess my real point was: might be yes if he could hit lefties.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari

          So you’re not a fan of the Ben Francisco philosophy, which insists that any righty can hit lefties just because?

          • jsbrendog


  • emac2

    Only an idiot continues to lump Ichiro in with the failed outfield options this year.

    • http://RiverAveBlues.com Matthew Warden

      Ichiro’s 78 wRC+ and .289 wOBA on the season is what gets him lumped in with the other Yankee corner outfielders. A couple weeks of increased production does not (and should not) outweigh his very measurable declining stats since 2011. Let’s stop pretending he’s something he’s simply not.

      • jjyank

        Yep. Pretty much.

        I think even Ichiro’s biggest detractors would acknowledge that he (and pretty much every MLB player) is going to go on a hot streak at one point or another. When it happens, that doesn’t mean we should do a complete 180 on our expectations. Even with Ichiro’s recent hot streak, his overall numbers are still pretty bad.

        • LK

          Exactly. His overall numbers for this season are bad. His overall numbers last season were bad. His overall numbers the season before were bad. How many years in a row does this guy have to bad before people will accept it?

    • jsbrendog

      ichiro has been terrible this year fact.

      he has been less terrible recently due to a hot streak. also fact.

      imagine how awfully terrible he really was before this past 2 week hot streak? also fact.

      or do these not work for you?

      • MannyGeee

        I would go as far as saying he’s been damn good over this past two-week stretch. But all in all, he has had two months of utter shit play before this streak.

        Ichiro should continue to be considered sub-par for the same reason Vernon Wells should be, despite HIS hot three-week stretch in April. And Cano should still be considered a really REALLY good player despite his 3 week slump.

    • LK

      Sigh. I wonder if people will admit Ichiro sucks when he’s 50 years old and has been retired for 10 years. Probably not.

      • http://RiverAveBlues.com Matt Warden

        Heh, Ichiro’s had a great career and has been a great ambassador for the sport. Unfortunately, it seems rather difficult for people can recognize those points while simultaneously accepting the fact that he isn’t what he once was. Hard to let go, I guess.

        • LK

          I understand that to *some* degree.

          It just doesn’t make sense to me why Yankee fans are so attached to him when he’s been here less than a season. People having trouble accepting Jeter might not be the same anymore? Totally get it. People making excuses for Pettitte’s recent mediocrity? To be expected. But Ichiro now has an OPS+ below 100 as a Yankee even when you include his hot hitting at the end of last year, and he’s a corner OF. Did all these people just worship him when he was on the Mariners or something? The fanbase sure didn’t seem to have any trouble burying Randy Johnson or Lance Berkman or any number of other fantastic players who eventually came to New York past their prime. What am I not seeing here?

          • jsbrendog

            wow, this is a really great point. i never even thought of this. I have no answe but you are making perfect sense.

          • Preston

            It’s easy to see defense and baserunning prowess. You don’t have to watch every game to know a guy is fast. Ichiro is still a good defender and a plus baserunner. Hitting is harder to see. Especially since Ichiro routinely turns weak contact into an IF hit. He doesn’t K a ton and people equate weak infield grounders with a near hit when discussing Ichiro. So when they watch him he’s having a good AB 89.1% of his ABs, because he puts the ball in play. They just think he’s going to magically start ekeing out enough bloops and infield hits to be the old Ichiro again.

            • LK

              Yeah I guess this must be it. It still just seems strange to me. Yeah hitting is harder to evaluate just by watching without any stats, but people seem to trust the stats for everyone else. Also, do people not realize that Ichiro wasn’t all about legging out IF singles in the early-2000s? Dude used to spray line drives all over the field. He’s been a pretty bad hitter for 2.5 years now, and he’s 39. This isn’t complicated.

              • Preston

                I’m with you, but from personal experience trying to have a conversation with people about it, this is what I’ve come up with. You can’t say he doesn’t walk or hit for power as evidence of his being bad, he’s never walked or hit for power. And when you say he doesn’t hit for average, his one formerly elite hitting skill, they pretend like it’s all bad luck because he makes so much contact.

                • LK

                  Yeah. The thing is, if this were over a month or two, that would be the exact right way to look at it since BABIP is so flukey. I just wonder how long this has to last before people will just admit he isn’t the same.

      • YanksFan

        I think part of the problem are the people who are adamant that it was a completely idiotic move on the part of the NYY to sign him. He’s overpaid, we can agree. However, he still is worthy of a job in MLB due to his speed and defense. The detractors will barely admit to that. I don’t believe he was penciled in as the everyday RF but the situation has called for it. He’s a 4th OF.

        • LK

          I’d be fine with him as a 4th OF. He’s still good on D and would make a good pinch runner.

          What makes you think that he was signed to be a 4th OF though? They didn’t even acquire Wells or Boesch until after spring training began. It seems very clear to me that they were planning on him playing everyday with Granderson and Gardner. If they signed him to be a 4th OF, who were their top 3 OFs in your mind?

          • YanksFan

            What if I said 4th OF/platoon OF? Let’s not forget all the guys that they signed to contracts, albeit minor league: Francisco, Diaz & Rivera. Rivera had a decent spring and may have made the team if Tex didn’t get hurt – they needed a defensive player in Overbay instead of Rivera standing at 1B.

            Wells and Boesch happened as a result of Grandy getting hurt.

  • Mel Hall

    Those are realistic trade targets but with additional problems at 1B and 3B, they should look for a versatile veteran that can play multiple positions. They should really focus on a right handed bat to give Adams, schlep-rod and Overbay a break (like a Michael Young or Keppinger) . The other option should be potentially a Mark Trumbo who can play both OF and 1B.

  • Darren

    I like Corey Hart if you can get him on a player to be named later deal. If he comes back and is healthy, you get a guy who is a real, not Thomas Neal, MLB starting outfielder with defense, pop, average.
    If he doesn’t return ypu’re giving him a Single A bottom level prospect, who cares. Money also has to be contingent too, we don’t pay til he plays.

    • LK

      I don’t think the Brewers would be willing to pay the contract and get a non-prospect in return if he doesn’t come back. It seems like they’d be assuming all the downside risk.

      • Darren

        Ok fine, split the money for any period he doesn’t play. The question is whether they would take a Heathcott or Williams as the top prospect if he returns in time (let’s say before July 15th) and stays healthy (let’s say 250 PAs).

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’m not giving either of those guys for a hurt rental. Sorry. It is WAY too early to give up on Mason.

          • Darren

            It would be contingent on Hart coming back soon and staying healthy. Would you give up on one of those guys for a healthy Hart for the rest of this year? I think I would, espaically if we’re eying re-signing Hart. I don’t know what he would command, but I know he’s a msuccessful MLBer, not a medium prospect with health and/or hitting issues.

            • jsbrendog

              no way. you don’t give up one of those guys for a rental of a non star player especially one coming off serious injury that might not even make it on the field. even if he were healthy no way.

              • I’m One

                /prospecthugging :-)

                This is a tough one. You’d have to get a healthy player in return for someone with Heathcott’s potential. Then again, Heathcott has his own injury concerns (fortunately, nothing major has happened this season. Then again, he hasn’t performed as well yet this year as he has in the past).

                I do tend to agree, but wouldn’t mind seeing Hart on the team if healthy and would hope he could be resigned for next year. In general, I think I’d still prefer Kendrys Morales and look to sign Hart reasonably in the offseason.

                • jsbrendog

                  hart isnt worth paying in prospects and dollars, he is 31. id trade heathcott in a heartbeat for someone good, healthy, and under contract. it isnt prospect hugging it is realism.

                  i agree with your last sentence though.

                  • I’m One

                    You are obviously an intelligent person for agreeing with me. :-)

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    *A bunch of referees pop out, trying to hold an enranged OhioYanks back*

                    Sorry, OY. Just having a bit of fun at your expense. You seem like a good guy.

                    • jsbrendog


                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Oh, I am hugging multiple guys like a motherfucker right now. Stick me in the DOTF comment thread with the rest of them.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              No, I wouldn’t give them up for a healthy Hart. I’m not mortgaging this team’s options moving forward for a few wins this season.

              Heathcott has stayed healthy all season and seems to be adjusting to level. I’m not afraid of adversity with him.

              I’m concerned as to Mason being his own worst enemy, but it’s way too early to be giving up on that level of talent.

              Hey, maybe they’ll both bomb. I’d rather take that risk. Your mileage may vary.

              • LK

                I *might* give up one of those guys if Hart were healthy and having a good year. With the injury though? No way.

        • Different Josh

          Pretty impressive how you went from giving up a PTBNL, to giving up Slade or Mason.

          • Darren

            To clarify the PTBNL point: What I mean is that the Yankees agree to give up a prospect from Category A, B, C, or D, but the category isn’t determined until after the end of the Year, based on when Hart comes back and/or number of plate appearances. If he comes back within a few weeks and stays healthy, Yankees give up a A prospect like Heathcott or Williams. If he stays injured they give up a D prospect.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Your rhyming efforts are noted and appreciated.

  • LK

    No on Quentin or Ramirez; just too long of a commitment.

    I’d be down for Morse as long as the cost is low. Ditto for Hart if the medicals look OK, which is a big if.

    Rios…I just don’t know. On the one hand, he’s been pretty putrid a few times over the years. On the other hand, putrid is what we’ve got in the OF right now. I’d say go for it.

  • jjyank

    I’d be down with Morse. A little OF/1B/DH rotation and some power for the offense. Cost shouldn’t be too high for a rental of a flawed player.

    The other ones make me a little nervous.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Morse is the one who makes sense to me among these five. Better than Wells and Almonte (batting right-handed). Adams is no doubt going to get sent down when A-Rod is back (Nix to third, Gonzales to short when A-Rod sits or is DH), so the roster spot will be there. Or they can cut Mesa. On balance it’s an upgrade.

  • jsbrendog

    no to quentin

    sure to morse but i think i’d rather have morales as i mentioned in a thread a few days ago

    Hart is now experiencing issues with his OTHER knee and might not play at all this yr. I hope the yanks sign him to a 1 yr bounceback deal with an option or something if that is the case since the dude can play 1b/of/dh

    no no no no no no no on rios

    and ramirez also has a bad knee and they’re nto playing him every day because of it. He has only played 46 games and has been basically league average. Yes he is >>>> than what they have now but with a bum knee and being unable to play everyday or seemingly be able to drive the ball (only 4 hr) I would say no to him too.


    • jjyank

      I wouldn’t mind going after Morales either, but I’m giving Morse an edge because he can at least fake the OF when needed.

      • jsbrendog

        fair. i just feel like it will cost less prospectwise to get morales and that is why id rather have him, esp once grandy comes back.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’d be fine with acquiring Morales. I don’t know how much longer I can keep Mikey O’Brien tied up in this box.

          • jsbrendog

            remember to cut air holes….speaking from experience here…

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Phils Hughes for Ike Davis…who says no?

    • trr

      Phil Hughes does

      • Mscott

        ..answer of the year..

    • http://RiverAveBlues.com Matt Warden

      Haha, I want to know who says “Yes!” On second thought, maybe I don’t want to know.

      • jjyank

        Where’s stuart when you need him?

        • I’m One

          Eddardworld would be down with this too, as it would give his new boy, Nova, a shot at a starter slot again.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d consider it. No, really, I would.

        I’d probably lean “no” anyway because I don’t think Ike would help the team more than Hughes would this season, but I might be willing to bank on his recovering his stride if he remained in our system.

        But, yeah, probably “no.”

    • jsbrendog

      wow….well played…

      i would guess alderson would say no because isnt ike still under team control? and he can just sign hughes in the offseason and is not in contention anyway.

      if I’m cashman and Sandy calls me with this though….i think….i take it?

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        Yeah, I mean, I’d do it. All signs point to Hughes not being a Yankee next year. Would he even be a type-A at this point? Even if he was, and you get a first round pick…those are not guarantees anyways.

        In Ike Davis, 26 years old, you get a former first rounder (18th overall, 2008) who is an above average defender and a guy with power. Yes he struggled in the first half of 2012 and has done nothing in 2013, but how is that anymore of a risk with a draft pick.

        He’s a free agent in 2017, arb eligible in 2014.

        • Different Josh

          There’s no Type A anymore. Its just a qualifying offer. And you have to think that if he pitches halfway decent the rest of the year, he’ll get one.

          • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

            to clarify, everyone tean that offers a qualifying offer to a player who turns it down gets a supplemental first round pick?

            I just think you could get a young(ish)/cheap(ish) player in Ike Davis for a guy who you’re going to let walk at the end of the year.

            I really don’t believe Nova, or Pineda for that matter can produce at the same level as Hughes.

  • Mark

    Hughes, joba, and a prospect for headley.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Sure, and it’s not happening unless the Yankees have Jesus Christ stashed in the minor leagues.

    • LK

      So your proposal is an unnamed prospect for Headley?

  • trr

    Out of Mike’s list, if Hart is healthy he’d be my choice. Otherwise Morse. No to A-Ram and Quentin. (I think all our injury issues are making me gun-shy. Also don’t like the extended commitments) Rios…I think if we could get him on the cheap I could get on board with that, so that would be a tepid yes for me.

    • I’m One

      Other than Hart’s and others health (or lack thereof) I think a lot depends on the expected return of Yankee players. Is Teixera coming back (I tend to think not), Granderson (yes), A-Rod (leaning towards yes)? That points more to needing a 1B type with RH power, meaning from this list, Morse seems the best fit.

  • MannyGeee

    My trade-target-rection for Corey Hart has been well documented within these pages, so I won’t go too far on that path.

    Also, I could sign on for Morse if Jack Z is willing to take his typical “not at all that good prospect” target in return… Chris Bootcheck, calling Chris Bootcheck…

  • Giuseppe

    No mention of Sheirholtz? I can see that or Morse being likely scenarios.

    • Jim Is Bored

      I think Scheirholtz should have been included, but he’s probably going to cost more in prospects than we want to give up.

  • Kosmo

    No on Mike Morse. He hit 8 HRs in April and 3 since. Doesn´t do anything well except K.

    • Preston

      Well is a relative term, he may not do much well. But he does a lot of things better than Overbay, Wells and Ichiro…

  • mustang(The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    I like Rios and the idea of having him and Wells would be way too much fun for RAB to pass up.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Hart would have to DH. Wearing sunglasses at night does not normally equate to good defensive play.

  • Mikhel

    Judging by the trend on acquisitions by the NYY, I think they have a list of requisites a player has to fit to be held as “probable” for a trade/signing:

    Age has to be 32+
    Salary must be $12 MM or more
    Defensively challenged
    Low AVG
    Low OBP
    Strikeouts more than once per game in average
    In a point in his career hit 15+ HR

    Sooo… I think the’ll go for: Aramís > Alex Ríos > Quentin

  • http://n/a INDY1RACER

    I agree Yanks will head in the either of those 3 Aram,Arios,Cquentin.

  • Bob75

    I think the yanks should trade Curtis toTex for mike olt.