2013 Potential Trade Targets — Part IV


Behold!  The fourth and final installment of the 2013 Potential Trade Targets series has arrived.  We’ve had a lot of names to parse through so far, but we’ve done it.  Feel free to go back and check out Part I, Part II, and Part III at your convenience if you’ve missed any of them (or you’re simply in need of a second glance).  Alright, let’s dive in.

Colvin. (Justin Edmonds/Getty)

Colvin. (Justin Edmonds/Getty)

Tyler Colvin
Colvin is kind of interesting.  He came up through the Cubs system and got his first taste of the big leagues in 2009.  In 2010, he had his first real opportunity to showcase his abilities, and produced a 1.8 fWAR in limited exposure (395 plate appearances).  After a disappointing 2011 campaign, the former 2006 first round pick was shipped out west to Colorado where he’s remained since (he was part of the trade that sent Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers to Chicago).

Last season he hit 18 home runs while batting .290/.327/.531 (.365 wOBA, 117 wRC+) in 452 plate appearances (2.3 fWAR).  Unfortunately for Colvin, 2013 has been tough.  The Rockies elected to keep him in AAA to begin the season after he struggled in Spring Training, preferring the services of Eric Young Jr. as the fourth outfielder and Reid Brignac as the extra roster spot.  Colvin’s struggled since being recalled (.160/.192/.280, .202 wOBA, 7 wRC+), and it’s not really a lefty/righty thing either.  He’s been bad against everyone; granted, it’s been 78 plate appearances so those numbers could still change pretty quickly.  Unfortunately, there’s also been some discussion that Colvin struggles with breaking balls and off-speed pitches.  While the home runs are appealing, there’s a good chance he may never become more than a depth guy too though I think the verdict is still out on that one given his inconsistent opportunities.

What you’re getting with a guy like Colvin is a player who doesn’t show a ton of plate discipline (he’s swung at 37.9% of pitches outside of the strike zone in his career) which subsequently limits his walks (career 6.0 BB%). He strikes out a fair amount (26.6 K%) but has some power (.214 ISO).  To his credit, he can play first base as well as the outfield, which certainly is convenient for the Yankees roster this season.  He’s also pretty cheap.  The Rockies and Colvin settled on a $2.275M salary heading into this season, but he still has three more years of arbitration-eligibility before he’s slated for free agency.

It seems a bit unclear how the Rockies value Colvin given their preference to not guarantee him regular playing time, and who knows whether they have any interest in moving him anyway.  Maybe a mid-level prospect gets it done if they don’t feel he’s an important cog to their future success.  After all, it’s not like the package the Rockies gave up to get Colvin initially (along with D.J. LeMahieu, who was the other piece of the deal) was particularly overwhelming.  Then again, you also have to consider the fact that the Rockies are a team still on the fringes of contention, so they may not be sellers anyway.  In any event, while Colvin has some attributes that are appealing (namely the potential for home runs), he’s not without risk.

Peter Bourjos
Can we just have Mike Trout instead and call it a day?  No … okay, let’s talk about Pete then.  Since reaching the show in 2010, the results have been pretty mixed. The 2011 season was, by far, his best season (he was valued at 4.1 fWAR and batted .271/.327/.438 with a .335 wOBA and 113 wRC+).  The next year was pretty disappointing for Bourjos though, as he saw his playing time dwindle after the emergence of Mike Trout (along with Mark Trumbo’s first half success).  So far, in 2013, he’s done well over 147 plate appearances (.333/.392/.457, .373 wOBA, 140 wRC+).  He rarely walks (5.5 BB%) though and strikes out regularly (21.7 K%).  He also hits for basically no power whatsoever.

Positionally, he’s a center fielder by trade, which really doesn’t do the Yankees a whole lot of good as they have a superior version of Bourjos already in Gardner.  On the plus side, Bourjos is basically earning league minimum and remains under team control for a few more seasons.  I have nothing against Bourjos personally, but I just don’t think his skill set is a realistic fit for the Yankees at this juncture.  Pass.

Kendrys Morales
Now here’s an Angel (albeit a former one), that I could potentially get behind.  Morales, a first baseman/DH, makes sense for the Yankees in a lot of ways.  He’s historically been an above-average batter (career .281/.333/.486, .351 wOBA, 119 wRC+), plus he’s a switch hitter — which is a skill the Yankees sorely need at this point.  He’s also spent a lot of time in the American League and has been a certified Yankee-Killer over the years, so there’s that.  On the down side, he’s the guy who fractured his ankle celebrating after a walk off grand slam off Brandon League in 2010 which kept him sidelined through all of 2011.

Morrison. (Brian Kersey/Getty)

Morrison. (Brian Kersey/Getty)

Morales has shown noticeable splits at times, though they aren’t really severe at this juncture.  In 2012, he struggled against lefties as a righty, batting .229 against them, which interestingly was still considered better than average (110 wRC+ from that side).  This year he’s hit lefties surprisingly well though (149 wRC+), but has been only slightly above average against righties (.257/.312/.479, .329 wOBA, 113 wRC+) which is surprising given that he usually excels from that side of the plate.

Kendrys does have some decent power (.181 ISO this season), and we all know this team could certainly use some of that.  He won’t take many walks (6.9 BB%) but won’t strike out that often either (17.4 K%). The best part of this scenario though is that he’s owed only $5.25M this season (which would leave the Yankees on the hook for about $2.5M for the remainder of the year) and is a free agent come season’s end.  The Mariners stink and should theoretically be sellers.  I’m guessing a decent prospect and some salary gets it done.  Yeah, I’d probably be on board with this.

Raul Ibanez
Apparently there’s a decent number of Yankee fans out there who are itching to bring Raaaauuuul back in his age 41 season.  Those epic home runs towards the end of last season (and in the postseason) still resonate, I suppose.  If we’re being honest though, over the past couple seasons, Raul’s been a very mediocre player offensively, if not sub par (91 wRC+ in 2011 and 102 wRC+ in 2012).  Historically speaking, he’ll take a few walks (career 8.4 BB%) while not striking out a ton either (16.1 K%).  Of course, his interpretation of base-running and defense leaves much to be desired.

This season, his bat has been fairly solid despite playing in the pitcher friend confines of Safeco Park.  He’s hit for a lot of power (.295 ISO!), generating 22 home runs in the process (14 of which have happened in Seattle mind you, after hitting 19 total over the course of a full season last year).   Unfortunately, outside of the home runs, he hasn’t done a whole lot else (.301 OBP).  He’s also taking a few less walks this season, and his strike out rate has jumped up several percentage points (24.4 K%).    Interestingly, Raul’s done a good job handling both lefty and righty pitchers this year.  Given the Yankees current offensive woes, that 135 wRC+ sure is enticing for a half-year rental — even if he is really exclusively a DH at this point.

In terms of cost, the Mariners signed Ibanez for a single season at a modest $2.75M.  In terms of dollars he certainly wouldn’t break the Yankees bank as a midseason acquisition.  Assuming the trade price for Ibanez isn’t too high, I could see the team making a move such as this as a security blanket down the stretch, though I’d be surprised if Ibanez ultimately resurfaces in New York — it’s not like the team didn’t have plenty of opportunity in the offseason this last go around to bring him back.  I’m also sort of leery of having Wells, Ichiro, and Ibanez in the same lineup day in and day out for a number of reasons.

If I were ruining running the Yankees, I absolutely would not surrender anything beyond a B-level prospect, and I’d probably plan on not re-signing him after the season regardless of how he performed through the second half.  Even if he does well for the rest of the season, my money is on him returning to 2011-2012 form moving forward.  As it stands now, he’s only been worth 0.8 fWAR this season so far.  Raul had some big moments in NY for which I’m thankful, but I think that relationship has probably run its course.

(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)

Morrison. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty)

Logan Morrison
The Marlins are awful.  You can bank on them listening to a trade for pretty much any player not named Giancarlo Stanton (who knows, maybe they’re secretly listening to offers on him too — eventually he’ll be shipped out!).  Morrison has looked pretty good this season in limited playing time.  Over 89 plate appearances, he’s batted .304/.382/.557 (.399 wOBA, 157 wRC+).  He’s struggled against lefties this season (granted, in a very limited sample), but if last year was any indication, that could be an ongoing issue.  Traditionally, LoMo will show some discipline behind the plate (10.9 career BB%), and doesn’t strike out too frequently (17.7 K%).  He’ll also hit for some power.

On the plus side, Morrison can handle both first base and the left Field.  He’s also only 25 years old.  Contractually, he’s making basically nothing (at least relative to most baseball players) and is currently in his final pre-arbitration year.  He’ll be eligible for arbitration in each of the next three seasons, meaning he’ll be relatively affordable.  On the downside, he’s been fairly injury prone during his brief Major League career (most recently coming off knee surgery).

Assuming Logan can stay on the field, he’d definitely represent an upgrade for the Yankees at either position.  I’d probably sign up for this one too, though who knows what the Marlins asking price is.  Given his team friendly salary, I’d have to assume he’d cost a decent prospect, especially since he’s been swinging a hot bat since his return.  He’s another guy not without some obvious risk though.  He’s had only one big league season where he’s amassed more than 500 plate appearances.  Durability is a major concern.

Categories : Trade Deadline


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Obviously, LoMo and the Ibanez reunion appeal to me, but cost is the question. LoMo is still relatively young and I can imagine the M’s will try to sell as high as can be on Ibanez.

    I still don’t surrender any strong pieces for either. I am burying my feet in the sand here unless you overwhelm me.

    Hey, maybe either team thinks they can use these two months to sell Hughes on their city…..or not.

    • I'm One says:

      I’m more in favor of Morales out of this bunch, but still have a slight preference for Michael Young if the Phillies ever decide to become sellers. Those 2 probably cost the least and Young also provides some insurance should A-Rod not be able to return or not be able to play regularly (or produce adequate offensely) upon his return.

      Really, I’m just anxious for the Yankees to show they’ll do something that can provide an impact for the remainder of the season (other than have the injured players return).

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I forgot about Morales. Yeah, I’m in there as well.

      • D$1184 says:

        Why take one or the other? With Alex Rodriguez’s return being as questionable and unpredictable as it was pretty much the day we founded out he needed hip surgery, we have a nice open spot at third for Young, if the Yankees are able to pick up both.

  2. The Tenth Inning Stretch says:

    I always remember Colvin as the guy who got speared in the chest by a broken bat.


    I’d sign up for Morales.

  3. SaveRob says:

    “Positionally, he’s a center fielder by trade, which really doesn’t do the Yankees a whole lot of good as they have a superior version of Bourjos already in Gardner.”

    Offensively yes but have you watched Bourjos patrol CF? Hes on par with Gardner there if not better

  4. nycsportzfan says:

    Personally, i’d set my sights on Carlos Ruiz. Hes right handed, and we could use a upgrade at catcher if Cerv isn’t gonna be coming back anytime soon. Hes got alittle pop as well, and would lengthen are lineup, especially with Derek coming back. I don’t think he’ll be overly expensive either, albeit, not a ton of catchers on the open trade market.

    Ruiz makes a ton of sense though. Ruiz and Jeter alone woud help this team tremendously offensively,a dded to Ichiro, Cano, Overbay, and Gardy.

    • I'm One says:

      In addition to my reply to RT’s comment above, I’m certainly on board with Ruiz as well.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I’m on board with Yasiel Puig if the price is right. It’s pretty much the same answer on anyone.

      I’m guessing it’d take more than Mikey-in-a-Box, though.

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:


    • LK says:

      Overbay and Ichiro have a 94 and 84 wRC+, respectively. They’re not really the kind of players you can talk about “adding to” offensively.

      • nycsportzfan says:

        Just saying, they can hit. Then we’ll get Granderson back at some point as well. But untill then, Gardner, Jeter, Cano, Ruiz, Overbay, Ichiro, Nunez, Wells, Almonte isn’t overly terrible.

        • LK says:

          Oh it would most definitely be better, and they’ve both hit better than the Yankees as a whole. I just think at this point there are 2 players who have spots nailed down – Cano and Gardner. Hopefully Jeter is fully healthy and can be 3rd. Everyone else should be replaced if a better option comes along.

          • nycsportzfan says:

            I am not against getting a couple guys myself, with Ruiz being one of em, but Ruiz would be my first to look at.

  5. mac1 says:

    As for cost on some of these “better” guys like Morales, Morrison, Schieholtz (sp?) it really can’t be too much b/c the Yanks have so few prospects doing well and close to the bigs.

    As long as the can keep Sanchez no one else in the minors really matters. I’d really be surprised if any GM would want any of the dreck the Yanks can offer.

    Maybe Cash gets daring and trades Gardner or Nova for a guy who is more than a rental.

      • mac1 says:

        Read it already.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          So you’re just dumb. OK.

          • mac1 says:

            If that is what you need to believe. I always really enjoy your perception of reality.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Then read on, flapjack.

              • mac1 says:

                Will do. Your optimism is just that, optimism. Virtually every top guy has taken a step back, and when you consider that it is the same people running player dev that have done such an awful job over the last 8 years there is no logical reason to be as bullish as you are.

                Even guys who have had success after being traded like Clippard, Kennedy and AJax are not huge losses. What the Yanks have today in the minors is a big question mark.

                The future is complicated thanks to the increased profitabily of the other teams and new rules but that doesn’t change the poor performance of the Yanks system again in 2013.

                The fact that other teams minor leaguers are disappointing as well is not only an incomplete picture of their systems, but it has little to do with our system when you consider the performance to date of our players and the history of the guys developing our players.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  This is a bunch of words based on what you think you read on the internet, ignoring realities that are inconvenient to you, put together to meet your previously-developed narrative. In other words, you are talking out your ass and believing the same dumbass points we read here every day are some sort of revelation.

                  We can’t develop players, yet I was staring at Brett Gardner in centerfield last night and Ivan Nova throwing eight innings of ball, as well as watching David Robertson dancing to a RuPaul song in order to earn a spot on the All-Star team. Oh, they’re not Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. Same shit, different screen name, I swear.

                  The fact that you read my disagreement with your calling every player in our system other than Gary Sanchez “dreck” as optimism is ridiculous, as well as the type of black-and-white thinking that leads me directly back to my original diagnosis: you’re dumb.

                  And I’m equally as dumb for indulging your dumb ass with a reply to begin with.

                  • Jim Is Bored says:

                    “And I’m equally as dumb for indulging your dumb ass with a reply to begin with.”


                    But at least it was entertaining.

                  • mac1 says:

                    All the name calling really is telling about your own insecurities.

                    Every major league team has guys like Gardner, D-Rob and Nova (who has had two great starts). Many teams have done quite a bit more not only developing players but using their system wisely to upgrade their Ml roster via trade.

                    The Yanks are at a crossroads, they currently don’t have anyone in the system that is likely to be a factor on the ML roster for years. They also have an old team. Its alousy place to be in. However, if you can upgrade the ML roster in a pennant race THIS YEAR, you should do it, b/c there really is very little to believe that the current crop of minor leaguers is really that special.

                    See, I can disagree with you, make my points and not resort to calling you names or questioning your intelligence.

                    • Jim Is Bored says:

                      “All the name calling really is telling about your own insecurities.”

                      “See, I can disagree with you, make my points and not resort to calling you names or questioning your intelligence.”

                      Woah. I almost thing that’s a contradiction right there!

                      Mac1, you have to be careful buddy. You’re overextending yourself.

                • Preston says:

                  Sanchez and Austin haven’t taken steps back. Sanchez has lowered his Ks and increased his walks and power while also improving his defense. That’s why he’s climbing prospect rankings. Austin has graduated to a much harder level at a young age and is doing well enough in the BA/OBP department and when you consider the park he plays in the low power numbers are understandable. Heathcott and Williams have taken a step back while facing tougher competition, not every top prospect zooms through the system. You shouldn’t be giving up on a guy after a tough half season after moving up a level. At least wait to see if they make adjustments in the second half before making that judgment.
                  On the pitching side, Marshall has been a big disappointment, but Jose Ramirez, Campos and DePaula have all been strong and it actually looks like Betances might throw enough strikes to be a useful bullpen arm.
                  And I know you shouldn’t put a lot of stock in GCL stats, but Torrens, Katoh and Wade all seem like exciting up the middle talents. Add in this draft class, and hopefully a healthy Ty Hensley and Manny Banuelos and this farm system has a lot going for it. And it doesn’t take any optimism to see it, just a big picture view.

                  • mac1 says:

                    I like Sanchez and said so. Austin is my second favorite but he’s not a guy that should be considered untouchable.

                    Save your post and look at it again three years from now. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised, but my guess is most of these guys will be irrelevant.

                    Go back and look at Mike’s top 10 prospects for 09 and 10, then tell me what they would be worth in comparison to what we recieved. The only guy that You could really make a case for would be AJax, but you have to consider what Granderson gave the Yanks in return.

                    • Preston says:

                      That’s really completely missing the point. Look at studies of success rates of top 100 prospects. They aren’t high. No system graduates 10 out of their top 10 into useful big leaguers. The way to have a successful system is to stockpile interesting guys. This system has lots of interesting guys. And guys like Phelps/Nova/Gardner/Robertson prove that depth in the system gives you pleasant surprises, because none of them were considered top prospects, neither was Cano for that matter.

          • Cool Lester Smooth says:

            Don’t you know that prospects taking time to adjust to a level means that they’ve failed?

            I mean, Bryce Harper certainly never recovered after being worse than Tyler Austin at AA in 2011.

            Hell, Bernie Williams’ career essentially ended when he was sent back down to AA in 1990.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              If that is what you need to believe. I always really enjoy your perception of reality.

            • mac1 says:

              Comparing Harper with Austin is ridiculous.

            • LK says:

              Your point can be made without resorting to being ridiculous.

              Bryce Harper was 18 years old when he got 147 PAs in AA after demolishing A+. Austin is 21 and has had 350 PAs at the level this year.

              Prospects can certainly bounce back after struggling at a level, but struggling is still most definitely a bad sign, and most of the Yankees best prospects have struggled this year. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s bad news.

              • HTD says:

                Don’t let facts get in the way of your narrative though.

                Also none of the Yankees hitting prospects are even in the same area code as Harper. Williams and Sanchez were the only preseason consensus top-50 guys. Austin and Heathcott were more 75-100. So yeah, when a B/B+ at best prospect struggles in AA, it means a lot more than an 18 year old phenom.

                • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                  Preaching to the choir, buddy. The only arguments you’ll get from me about Harper’s greatness is that I think he’s actually more impressive than Trout.

              • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                Oh, I know. That’s why I included Bernie Williams, who was actually a relevant example.

                And Harper was actually jumped up from Low-A to AA. I know this because I have an enormous, borderline-irrational man-crush on Bryce Harper. He is, bar none, my favorite non-Yankee player.

                • LK says:

                  Interesting, thanks for the correction.

                  I, too, have had a particular fondness for Harper even since hearing about him when he was 16. I’ve been on the Harper-over-Trout bandwagon as well, though a lot more tentatively now given that Trout is basically repeating his all-world 2012 this year.

                  • Gonzo says:

                    For all that care, Harper jumped Hi-A because the outfield conditions for the Potomac Nationals are poor. That also caused a little beef between the owners. I think they jumped Brian Goodwin the same way for the same reason.

  6. yooboo says:

    Morrison is not going to play OF any more. Plus, he is not that good.

  7. Kosmo says:

    Gardner CF
    Jeter SS/DH
    Cano 2B
    Morales DH/1B
    Rios RF
    Young 3B
    Overbay 1B
    Almonte LF
    Ruiz C

    Bench: Wells, Nunez, Ichiro, Stewart

    this is with the thought Arod might be suspended.

    • jsbrendog says:

      no on rios. 1000 times no. i’m in for morales and ruiz and young but all three will probably cost too much and i don’t want to see the yankees torch the future to try and compete with a crap ass team.

  8. Stephen says:

    3.5 years of LoMo is very appealing. Morales and sort of Ibanez are pretty far behind, but any of those moves would be an excellent upgrade.

    Would JR Murphy, Ramon Flores, Greg Bird, and Dan Burawa be fair? Or is that centerpiece going to have to be better? (I promise never to post a trade proposal idea again. I know most fans are incapable of doing so.)

    • Kosmo says:

      I think you´re being way too generous with NY´s prospects. What exactly has LoMO accomplished in his 4 years?

      • jsbrendog says:

        yeah, his upside is high but he is an injury prone guy who cant stay on the field and shouldnt have too much value other than HE COULD BE AWESOME IF HIS KNEES DONT BLOW UP!

      • LK says:

        I’d probably balk at that deal if I’m the Yanks, but I have to ask – what have Murphy, Flores, Bird, and Burawa accomplished?

  9. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    I’d be very down for Morales.

    Also, a .181 ISO at Safeco is more than decent power.

  10. Curt and Bernie says:

    Do you thin we could get vmart (for first, occasional catcher) for some package of relievers, and Hughes?

  11. dp says:

    All stupid ideas…want NONE of them…if the Yankees start trading it needs to be for young players not the never will be types.

    • jsbrendog says:

      no you’re right, they shouldn’t trade a or aa guys like eric fryer who will never ever play at the ml level, or bullpen depth, which they are great at targeting and developing, for players that might help get into the playoffs now (which are a complte crap shoot and any team that gets in can win)


      i don’t disagree that they should trade for “young players” but not making a move to improve the team now with something that most likely won’t hurt the team later (whether it be from a position of depth/strength or because the guys going back are org filler types) is a no brainer. and all of these guys, save colvin IMO, are a big upgrade. (i say no to raul because i dont see him keeping it up in ny and nostalgia is cool but a bad way to run a team)

  12. Daniel says:

    lol Vernon Wells hitting clean up today. Fail

    • Bubba says:

      Not a Vernon fan but since his 0-8 in Oakland he’s hit 16-54. No real power but the cupboard is sort of bare in that department.

  13. mick taylor says:

    how about phil hughes and jr murphy for morales and ibanez

  14. HTD says:

    I think Mike/Matt profiled him earlier but I still think Michael Morse makes the most sense. Right handed power and he doesn’t play in SEA anymore (Smoak at 1B and Saunders, for whatever reason, in RF). Unfortunately he’s currently injured

  15. FIPster Doofus says:

    “it’s not like the team didn’t have plenty of opportunity in the offseason this last go around to bring him back.”

    Because the Yankees probably thought he was done. Ibanez has hit 22 home runs since then. Bring him back if the asking price is reasonable.

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