For blogging sake, let’s say the Yankees trade Melky Cabrera to the Twins as part of the package for Johan Santana and keep Austin Jackson.
What should they do for a center fielder in 2008?
Here is why I think Melky is readily expendable: They have Johnny Damon. After his awful spring last season, Damon will show up ready to play in February. Put him in center, Matsui in left and use Giambi, Duncan and others as the DH. Melky has a great arm and he saved a few runs with throws. But Damon covers just as much ground and his weak arm really doesn’t come into play all that often.
Then wait to see how Jackson develops.
In my mind, it would be foolish to sign a center fielder because anybody decent (like Aaron Rowand or Andruw Jones) is going to command a multi-year deal.
If Jackson has a chance to be a star, don’t block him. He’s on target to start next season at Scranton.