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Are the Cubs and Yankees potential trade partners?

Dec 21, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

The Cubs need a centerfielder. The Yankees arguably have an excess of centerfielders in Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. I say “arguably” because as things currently stand one of those dudes has to play left. But the Yankees may or may not be done making moves this winter, they may still yet bring Johnny Damon back and they may yet emerge as a Matt Holliday suitor, so things are a bit fluid.

What this all means is some talk from Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News that the Yankees could ship either Cabrera or Gardner to Chicago for a pitcher.  There’s not a ton to this — it’s all really based on FOX’s report that the Cubs have not, contrary to earlier reports, settled on Marlon Byrd, and are looking at other options.  There’s a single line in the New York Post today saying that the Yankees have asked about Carlos Zambrano, but it doesn’t sound like (a) it was a really serious effort; or (b) that it is going anywhere.

But does it make any sense?  I’d say sure, if the Yankees do decide to re-engage with Damon or move on Holliday that they may want to get something for one of their younger outfielders, but nothing that the Cubs could offer them in the way of pitching would seem to make it worthwhile.

  1. DiamondDuq - Dec 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Make a run at Holliday and make this trade happen and #28 is in the bag! Why wouldn’t the Yankees seriously go after Holliday? If they’re really considering resigning Damon for anywhere close to the 3 year/$39 million contract he’s looking for, why not make it a 6 year/$105 million deal to sign Holliday who’s 6 years younger?

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    DiamondDuq: The Yanks reportedly offered Damon 2/$14m, a far cry from what he’s asking for. And he also ‘reportedly’ backpedaled his way into a 2/$20m deal, also declined by the Yanks.
    If the Yanks were to deal one of Melky or Gardner, I hope it’s Melky as Gardner’s speed and superior defense makes him more valuable.
    Now, if they were to deal Melky and the price/demands fell sufficiently for Holliday (say a 4 year, $60m offer), then I can see the Yanks going to Hal and asking to expand the budget. Otherwise, I think they will not really be active in the LF sweepstakes.

  3. DiamondDuq - Dec 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Even taking Damon out of the equation, I still think they should sign Holliday and trade either Melky or Gardner, whomever has a higher value for the Cubs and would require fewer residual pieces, to get Zambrano. Holliday isn’t going to take a shorter deal for less $/year than the Cards have already offered him. 6 years @ $17.5 million/year seems a little high but would likely be enough to sign him away from the Cards and would make him 36 by the end of the deal. Absent of the Zambrano deal I think the Yanks could forgo signing Holliday as Melky and Gardner would be sufficient to platoon but neither would be acceptable on a day-to-day basis if one of them were to be included in a package for Zambrano.

  4. steve - Dec 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM


  5. Dave F - Dec 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Oh Please take Zambrano out of Chicago. Have a wonderful time dealing with his garbage. Just another in a very, very long line of Cub prospect pitchers who doesn’t live up to the hype. Unfortunately, in Carlos’ case, it is not a lack of talent or an injury ending things, it is his fat ass and his refusal to put in the work and effort to better his game and his body. He is also a headcase. Please, please take him off our hands.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Dave, I just wrote about this (sorry for the link, CC):

  7. AJ Gallo - Dec 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    I would love it if someone were to remind Cashman that we don’t need Holliday, say bye-bye to Damon and we don’t want Zambrano. Keep Melky, keep Gardner, and spend the money on pitching, pitching, pitching.

  8. AJ Gallo - Dec 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Ben Sheets, George Sherrill, John Garland, Joel Pineiro, Jason Marquis or even Duchscherer are some of the names that should be getting Cashman’s attention. I would have added Darren Oliver to that list, I’m not sure but I think he signed today with the Rangers.

  9. runningamuck - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Heck, we will give you Zambrano for a half eaten Calzone !
    Just be careful, he may eat the other half !

  10. Paul H. - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Tell you Yank fans this much, whatever you’re smoking, gimme some. ‘Z’ can be a pain in the rear – however, still a top of the rotation pitcher. You’ll take him for Cabrera? Gimme a break. Here’s a better deal, we’ll give back your favorite son, Fonzie Soriano for Sabathia. How’s that sound? Or, how bout another former Yanker Lilly for Burnett? I have no problem with the Cubs dealing ‘Z’ – but they’re gonna get some real good players/prospects in return, and that’s a fact. Whoever’s selling you guys these pipedreams should stop.

  11. Jim - Dec 21, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    It’s pretty obvious Holliday is going back to StL at this point… the Yanks have already said they don’t want him. That said the Cubs should dump Zambrano even up for Damon.

  12. gordon - Dec 21, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Holliday can’t hit American leagur pitching and if Zambrano can’t make it in the NL he sure won’t make it in the AL.

  13. Gueris Tokrres - Dec 21, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    If you have to have a choic e,please dont sendeg a way
    a Melky he dont deserve that.
    Guereis Torres

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