Jerkface, Melky, J Upton and Granderson would be one great outfield — offensively and defensively. I think Melky, though, will be able to command a deal of about 5 years at 15 million per … He is young and plays well both ways. Not a lot of those types of outfielders available on the open market …. But such an outfield would go a long way towards solving the Yanks’ offensive woes as ARod and Jeter age and Tex’s inconsistency.
Yea I know he is liable to be expensive, its why I think the Yankees would not sign him (because I think they may be predisposed to bringing back Cano/Granderson), but it could be done.
I’d not re-sign Martin or Hughes, and trade / not re-sign Granderson. Hopefully that split of money will allow them to keep 2 OFers for around 24 AAV total. If Melky is indeed MORE expensive than 12 AAV than it becomes harder and may not even be worth it. It is just an idea. At the very least they should inquire about Justin Upton.
Good, Russell Martin gets 4 days off…….Can’t hurt only help ………My suggestion about Motero gointg to Tacoma was simply to clear his head more than anything else…..Getting a few games in a relaxed environment would help as well……..There’s one National League Club that likes Jesus and sees him as a 1st baseman ……..Tin Cup, I agree with you
Been too many sloppy performances from the Yanks lately. Not only has poor defense possibly cost them a couple of games but it’s given the Rays and the Red Sox a bit more hope for the second half. To be blunt, a 2-2 split against the injury-ravaged Sox would be a disappointing outcome. We should be wiping the floor with the lineup they’re putting out right now.
Despite an OPS about 100 points higher than last season, Melky is on pace to actually have 5 less XBHs than last year.
The major difference for him this season is his BA being fueled by a .389 BABIP. I don’t think Melky is a .900 OPS player which would certainly be worth a $15M AAV. At .300 BA + .800ish OPS like he was in 2011 $10-12M per would be good value and could fit the budget. I fear however some team will pay him as a .900 OPS player which would almost certainly make him unattainable for the Yankees.
July 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Luis, no doubt Justin Upton will cost a lot in prospects. I live in Arizona and, though not a fan, follow the DBacks and Justin Upton’s career. I suspect Kevin Towers will not let Upton go unless he is blown away by a combination of prospects and MLB-ready talent. Upton is worth more than he will be paid over the next few years … My feeling is Upton will be a 40 HR guy who hits 280 or above. He has incredible bat speed and he is a hard worker (despite the perception that he does not, perhaps fueled by his brother’s attitude).
I like the idea of having both Upton and Granderson, but I realize that may not be possible due to the forthcoming payroll threshold. Despite the frustration with Granderson’s strikeouts, he is a 40-HR centerfielder who has been one of the Yanks best hitters during the past two postseasons.
Melky’s age is a big factor in his favor. I don’t think Melky has elite talent, but he is trending upward. HIs BABIP may not be sustainable, but he is a line-drive hitter. And teams are increasingly locking up young position players or at least buying out their first two years of free agency. It’s rare that a 900 OPS player hits the market in their 20s.
bruceb…….Regardless of their lineups, you just can’t win them all, and I’m just not quoting a cliche…..Regardless how good a club you are, you’re going to lose games that you shouldn’t but you do………If you think back to your days of playing ball or any sport or in life, you’re going to have off days…….It’s called human nature
Senior Franco…….Yanks will win the AL Pennant this season……..It’s the loss of Mariano Rivera that worries me when it comes down to winng it all……..Joba Chamberlain is a huge factor in the Bombers success come October
Yeah, I would love to have them both. But with the budget restrictions and the new CBA, I wouldn’t trade the prospects needed to bring Upton to the team and then pay him the contract he already has. The talent we have amassed it’s not going to be replaced very easily. If we could get him in exchange of some current roster players, then I would think about it.
The idea of trading Granderson is actually a Pat M’s idea that I happen to agree with. It would make sense to do so in the off season. That and Swisher walk/ not resigned would allow to bring Melky or Ellsbury in to the fold and still save money for keeping Hughes for the long run. At the same time, trading Granderson would bring a nice haul of prospects or even a good corner outfielder. This way you have a reasonably good cheaper outfield, keep the rotation intact and you keep the prospects to develop the new core, which should be the main goal going forward.