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Cashman says he’s “absolutely” gotten trade calls on Gardner

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner

The free agent market has grown thin, and the Yankees outfield has grown overcrowded. Could be time to enter the trade market, with Brett Gardner emerging as the Yankees most valuable trade chip.

“I’m not looking to move him,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “But when asked, have people called, absolutely they’ve called.”

According to one rival executive, the Yankees have also mentioned Ichiro Suzuki’s name in trade talks. There’s no indication that any sort of Ichiro trade is close, and his trade value is minimal at best. One baseball source questioned how well Ichiro would adjust to a fourth outfielder role, which is the way most teams are likely to value him.

Far more valuable is Gardner, the 30-year-old entering his final year of arbitration. Even with a raise, Gardner is likely to remain relatively affordable this season, and he’s coming off a strong season in which he hit .273/.344/.416 with a league-high 10 triples and a career-high eight home runs. With an underwhelming farm system, Gardner could be as valuable as anyone the Yankees could afford to lose.

“Gardner might bring them back some pitching,” a baseball talent evaluator said. “But not the (top-of-the-rotation) type you’re talking about.”

Although the Yankees have been aggressive in signing position players, they still have concerns throughout their infield. Even with Hiroki Kuroda re-signed, the Yankees still have a real need for another starting pitcher.

“It was never a good (pitching) market going into it,” Cashman said.

That could force the Yankees into the trade market, with Gardner as their most valuable chip.

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20 Responses to “Cashman says he’s “absolutely” gotten trade calls on Gardner”

  1. Bret The Hitman December 7th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Brandon Phillips has 4 GG.

    That would be one way to replace elite defense at 2B.

    And he actually hits for a 2B.

    Gardner + Cervelli + Nunez

  2. Bret The Hitman December 7th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Now would be the perfect time to lock up Gardner to an extension, right guys?

    How have you been doing, Shame?

  3. NYY fan in NH December 7th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I’d package him with another prospect for Homer Bailey.

  4. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Bret-

    Rather save GGBG for Bailey and just get Infante.

    JMO

    :)

  5. Bret The Hitman December 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I dunno MTU, Phillips is a two-way player.

    Infante is more of a glorified utility hitter coming off a career year who wants too much.

  6. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    or keep Johnson at second and trade for a 3b from either the Snakes or cubs

  7. CountryClub December 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    They should have just got Choo then cause he’s better and way younger but whatever

    ———-

    Beltran is the better overall offensive player. Choo is better on D but he’s nothing special out there. Add in the much shorter deal and I think I was the right move. Time will tell.

  8. blake December 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    @YankeesPR: Another roster move! Jacoby Ellsbury contract is official for 7 years thru 2020 w/ a team option for ’21. The 40-man roster now stands at 40

  9. Yes You McCann December 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    They can’t keep spending the money the way they’ve been the last couple of seasons. They’ll need to augment their highly paid players with some youthful, less expensive guys.

    —-

    How do you know this?

  10. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    hear ya’ bret but the pitcher is harder to find.

    Guy like bailey is gold.

  11. Bret The Hitman December 7th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Assuming Brandon Phillips at 2B and Kelly Johnson as superutility, I’m having a difficult time fathoming the 3B. It’s much easier to see Phillips at 2B.

  12. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    It will easy to cut the roster down if they need to.

    Why is Wells still around for example.

    ;)

  13. blake December 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “Beltran is the better overall offensive player. Choo is better on D but he’s nothing special out there. Add in the much shorter deal and I think I was the right move. Time will tell.”

    In his career sure but he’s not now ….and now and the future is all that matters ….Choo out OPSd him by about 50 pts last year and can still play defense and steal bases

  14. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Bret-

    Lots of options :

    Olt
    Davison
    Owings
    Castro

  15. MTU December 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Moving over ———>

  16. blake December 7th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    B Phillips didn’t hit a lick last year….he hit 18 homers but was bad at everything else. He’s 32 so you worry if that’s the start of a trend…..great defender but I worry too muh about his bat going forward to trade a lot for him

  17. AAA December 7th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    They can’t keep spending the money the way they’ve been the last couple of seasons. They’ll need to augment their highly paid players with some youthful, less expensive guys.

    —-

    How do you know this?

    ================

    I don’t for sure, but it seems logical.

  18. pete2 December 7th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Pitching is the priority at this point. Gardner plus a couple of catching prospects should land a decent # 3 SP’er. Sign Reynolds for 3B although that will give the Yankees the worst defensive left side of the IF in baseball. Johnsons fine at 2B, and then you just need help in the bullpen. Thats the 189′er option.

    Blowing 189 out of the water and you sign Colon, Drew, Infante and Rodney, and resign Logan. Trade Gardner for prospects to make up for losing the 1st round and compensation picks.

  19. Frank Leja December 7th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Chad, Before you take Cashman’s assertions as fact, how about trying to find at least one other club willing ton tell you they have expressed interest in Gardner.

  20. Ted Nelson December 8th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Gardner is a valuable trade chip, but he’s also valuable in a Yankees uniform. Certainly possible, but I would bet against him being traded.

    Commenters keep talking about the DBacks as a destination for Gardner, and I just don’t see it. They already have decent OF depth: Parra, Pollock, Ross, Eaton. Prado also might move to LF or at least play some out there if Davidson can force the issue. Gardner might be an upgrade, but it’s not like they need him.

    “Beltran is the better overall offensive player. Choo is better on D but he’s nothing special out there.”

    Choo has actually been a better offensive player each of the past two seasons and is projected to be quite a bit better next season. Choo has also been pretty terrible defensively recently.


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