Just spent some time looking at potential trade targets from teams deemed out of the hunt for the post season. Basically teams, that are 7 or more games off the wild card pace and could fill the Yankees trade needs. There seems to be nothing the Yankees want or can trade for from the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals
Seattle Mariners stick out like a sore thumb. With the likes of Raul Ibanez, Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales. Any of these three would help the Yankees offense. So far, they seem content to just finish the season playing .500 ball. Not quite sure why. But, not for me to decide.
Chicago White Sox have some intriguing pieces. Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios. I just do not see the Bombers trading for any of these guys. Problem with these three are future salaries. Beckham is cheapest but where would you play him this year and beyond. Alexei maybe a good fit if Derek Jeter is moved to another position. This late in the season hard to imagine that taking place. Then again Ramirez power numbers have been dropping and he is such a free swinger at the plate. I would take my chances on Gordon Beckham becoming a super utility if a trade was made for any of these three. At least for now.
Minnesota Twins have a couple of pieces that might be of interest to the Yanks. Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham. Justin maybe be an upgrade at first over Lyle Overbay. We need a right handed bat. He makes a ton of sense if Travis Hafner is DFA'ed. I wonder what Hafner could do if he had some protection hitting behind him? Willingham is on the DL list at this point, no need to even discuss that possibility.
San Diego Padres are sitting 8 1/2 games out of the wild card standing. They must believe that Chase Headley will pick it up the rest of the season. This would increase his value during the off season. Why else would they resist trading him? With Jedd Gyorko playing so well in his rookie season.
Chicago Cubs and their must trade Alfonso Soriano. He has DH written all over him. Along with a ton of money owed to his swelling bank account. This year and next year. Maybe a similar deal that was struck for Vernon Wells where most of his contract is paid by Yankees this year rather than next? Still lot of money for a fourth outfielder and right handed DH player. This is particularly worrisome when you consider our current aging right handed bats.
Milwaukee Brewers have a good piece in Aramis Ramirez. Aramis is about to come off the DL. He is in a trade holding pattern, till he proves he is healthy. Yet the man is owed a fortune. Now and going forwards. Salary dump any one?
Washington Nationals are a team on the rise. They currently sit 7 games off the pace for both the wild card and their own division lead. Last year showed baseball this team is headed in the right direction. Top three in their rotation are among the best in baseball. Yet they sit 7 games off the pace. Why? They need a consistent #4 and #5 starter. Dan Haren has not gotten the job done. Catching: Wilson Ramos has taken back the starting catching position but is always getting hurt. Kurt Suzuki is not playing up to his previous standards. Defense has been very poor at third base. Ryan Zimmerman has already committed 15 errors. He needs to be replaced by Anthony Rendon. Who would play second for the Nats? Hmm could there be a trade here? Obvious Washington would not want any rentals?
Can Brian Cashman make a deal here? Here is a trade thought, that just might work for both teams:
Washington Nationals trade Ryan Zimmerman and Chris Marreno.
Ryan Zimmerman becomes our future third basemen. Would be Alex Rodriguez's back-up and our right handed DH. Could possible be Bronx Bombers right handed platoon option at first? If not then Chris Marrero might fill the bill at first as a platoon partner. Chris is currently blocked by Adam LaRoche in Washington. Marrero has shown tremendous potential yet between an injury and being blocked. He has not been given a good chance in the big leagues. Plain and simple, he is a victim of poor luck or timing.
What do the Nationals get? Nunez would become their second basement. He has showed steady improvement this year in the field. His problem was not in getting to the ball. It has been his accuracy in throwing the baseball. This would not be as much of an issue at second, as it has been on the left side of the infield. He has offensive potential that is for sure. David Phelps is becoming the odd man out in the Yankees rotation. He sure would be an upgrade over the current back end starters that are in DC. Sweeten the pot by adding Adam Warren who has become a good long man out of the pen and could even start for the Nats. With Jr Murphy's improvement in the minors he would be a good candidate to replace any of the catchers on Washington's roster, if they went down with an injury. Then again he might just be moved back to third to get that bat in this line up sooner?
The Yankees get a future third basement. (This becomes a solid choice seeing that Gene Michaels has improved Nunez in the field. Stick surely could improve Zimmerman's defense.) That needed right handed bat. Not to mention a platoon and back-up option at both corner infield position.
While the Nationals improve on defense, upgrade their rotation, improve the bull pen and get a needed back-up catcher.
Hmm, maybe too much improvement for the Washington Nationals?