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Braves and Yankees: Make this deal?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 11, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

(In the interest of sanity, yours and mine, I’m proposing that the comments on this post not be about Alex Rodriguez, Selena Roberts or steroids. If for some reason you feel the need to post about those subjects, try the previous post. Or take two Ambiens with a vodka chaser. Enough is enough for now.)

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The Atlanta Braves need outfield help, so it makes sense that they would check in with Brian Cashman, who has an extra one.

But according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Braves passed on Bobby Abreu because they couldn’t wedge $5 million into their budget.

Xavier Nady is on the books for $6.55 million next year and Nick Swisher for $5.3 million. So if C-Money is going to make that deal, he might have to pick up some money. If that is the case, the Yankees should get a much better return.

I consulted the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. How about Nady and $2 million to the Braves for OF Gorkys Hernandez, LHP Jeff Locke and a lesser prospect? I’m just picking names, but I think it makes sense. Hernandez is a good CF prospect but the Braves already have one of those in Jordan Schafer. Locke is a 21-year-old from New Hampshire who had a poor season in low A ball but has velocity and command. Maybe he needs to meet Nardi Contreras.

The Yankees badly need position player prospects and they lack LH starters in their system beyond Jeremy Bleich and young dudes like Nik Turley and Manny Banuelos.

Now don’t go spreading rumors, I’m just throwing this out there and channelling my inner Joel Sherman for a moment.

Personally, I keep Swisher instead of Nady.

UPDATE, 7:05 p.m.: I should have said this in the original post. I think they should keep both Nady and Swisher so as to have a deeper, versatile bench. But if they do make a trade and include money, it should be for a high return. In the current baseball economy, payroll relief is a pretty big deal.

And to get Hernandez and Locke, they’d probably have to include a decent prospect along with Nady. Here’s how I figure it, if Cash is going to do a deal with the Braves, he should get exactly what he wants. Sitting on Nady and Swisher is just fine.

 
 

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