Once 30 general managers gather in the same hotel, there are sure to be trade talks. How could there not be?
Here is how one Yankees official described it: “You start talking and it sounds great. But when you get up the next day and talk about about, you realize why it doesn’t make sense. But it gives you something to consider for a day or two.”
For every trade that does happen, 50 die a quiet death. Probably more.
Take the idea of trading Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson and another prospect to San Diego for Jake Peavy. Plug Peavy into the rotation and the 2009 team is improved, no doubt about it. But Peavy is a NL West pitcher who will require a contract extension of some sort to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York. Jackson is the only legit position-player prospect the Yankees have above A ball.
Or the idea of obtaining Mike Cameron from the Brewers for Melky Cabrera, Wilson Betemit and a prospect. I have to assume that prospect is a clone of Whitey Ford built from DNA harvested on Old Timers’ Day. Otherwise what part of that trade makes any sense for the Brewers?
Cabrera was a player the Yankees demoted in August then didn’t use in September. Betemit is a one-dimensional, one-sided switch-hitter who is arbitration eligible. How could the Brewers trade their starting CF, a fairly productive (25 homers, 70 RBI) and popular player, for two low-ceiling spare parts and a prospect? Betemit is 27 and has had 1,098 major league ABs. He is what he is and that’s a part-time .260 hitter with a .325 OBP and occasional power.
If the Yankees can make that trade, Cashman should win 2009 Executive of the Year right now. I personally don’t think they should trade for Cameron. But it’s hard to believe Cabrera and Betemit have that much value.
The GM Meetings finish up this afternoon. But these sort of rumblings will last into the winter. I do think the Yankees will eventually make a trade and will part with some of their prospects. But what we’ve heard so far doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.