This is not my trade proposal. This suggestion was emailed to me earlier in week, and I responded with an email dismissing the idea completely. I got a reply suggesting the Yankees could sweeten the deal and still have a worthwhile trade.
I still contend this would be an awful trade for the Yankees – and I really like the player they’d be getting in return – but let’s see what you think…
Orioles get: C/DH Jesus Montero and RF Nick Swisher
Yankees get: RF Nick Markakis
Markakis is young and talented, but he’s also signed to a long-term deal making more than Swisher will make if/when the Yankees pickup his club option for this season. What’s more, the past two years, I’d take Swisher’s slash line over Markakis. If Markakis is an upgrade at all, I’m not sure it’s a significant one. It’s certainly not worth paying more salary and losing an elite prospect.
That’s what I think anyway. When I said as much, part of the response I got said this: “Honestly, it would be a great deal for both teams even if (the Yankees) threw in a pitcher.”