Now With Granderson Aboard, What Should Be Done Regarding Damon, DH

The Yankees acquired OF Curtis Granderson yesterday in the 3-team deal.   Granderson’s addition that as of now they have four outfielders: Granderson, Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner, and Melky Cabrera.  In the perfect world, this is what the Yankees should do.

First of all, they should tell Curtis Granderson that he is playing left field.  Brett Gardner is the superior fielder here.  Brett Gardner‘s UZR/150 in centerfield last year was over 15, while Granderson’s last year was only 1.9. Leave Nick Swisher in right field for now.

This fielding alignment means two things: 1) Melky Cabrera is left without a position and 2) a DH will be needed.

First of all, I believe that the best move for them to make right now is to trade Melky Cabrera.  Cabrera will likely be making upwards of $2 million dollars.  Not only would that be being paid to a back-up outfield, it would be to an outfielder with a good amount of trade value.  I think it would be best for them to send him packing for a collection of prospects.

They also have room for a DH.  I think that they should go with the Billy Beane DH method.  Go with an older, yet productive guy that can no longer field a position well.  This does not mean Hideki Matsui though; with his knee issues, stay away.

I have two or three options for this position.  One would be Nick Johnson. He still has his very high OBP, and could possibly be in line for a power increase after hitting only 8 home runs last year, after missing most of the previous two seasons.  His career high was 23 in 2006.  A few teams after after him, so I would take the risk and offer him a 2-year deal.

Another could be Adam Dunn.  I have no idea if the Nationals are shopping him, but he would be a good pickup.  The Nationals and Yankees have a good relationship, and they might be tempted to drop his salary.

One more option…maybe.  The Yankees should look into Carlos Delgado.  After returning from his injury last year he had a .914 OPS, after a .871 with 38 home runs the year before.  He had no real history of injuries, unlike Matsui, so he could be worth a 1-year deal.

I think the Yankees should pass on Johnny Damon. It seems that at this point he will need at least a 2-year deal.  If he signs with someone, expect at least $10 million dollars per year.  I love Damon, I just feel like this hefty deal is a big risk.  He is just an unnecessary expense when there are so many cheaper options out there.

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10 Responses to Now With Granderson Aboard, What Should Be Done Regarding Damon, DH

  1. I disagree. I think Granderson should play center, although I agree about Gardner being a very good CF. We'll see what happens with JD returning or not, although the Yanks and Boras have commenced negotiations. I also disagree about Dunn. Lots of power, and he can play LF; yes. But he fans way too much and is slow. Plus, while his average was decent and OBP excellent last season–/267/.398–his career average is .249. I really don't think the Yanks need a lumbering, high-K, low-average slugger. If their offense were languid, maybe. But their offense is the best in the game, with no shortage of power.

  2. Paul says:

    First of all, Nick Johnson????? Talk about injury prone! Then, Adam Dunn???? I don't think the big donkey is just going to DH, and we already have a first baseman! Plus, you're not going to get him for nothing!! I'm not even going to get to Carlos Delgado…………Damon would be the guy to get. Damon has heart and he is going to give it his all when he is out there.

    The rest of your column is not even worth commenting on.

  3. True, I forgot that Damon's HEART value is 10.4, while Dunn has a -1.4 and Johnson has a 0.3.

    Having Johnson not play the field will reduce the injury risk.

    Why would Dunn not DH? He's a terrible fielder. I realize the Yankees would need to give up something…but he is worth it.

    Why not Delgado? He's been injured once since 1996 and outhits Damon by a good sum. It fact, each player I mentioned with the exception of Johnson outhit Damon.

    I mean, if you want to criticize my article, go for it. Just don't use non-existent arguments such as "heart" and "giving it all." Whose to say the other guys don't have heart and try hard? And does trying hard necessarily mean success? Cody Ransom would disagree.

  4. I really do need to brush up on my sabermetrics, given my unfamiliarity with the HEART index.

  5. LOL @ HEART value.

    The only reason why I wouldn't want Delgado is because his STINK value is at a 22.4 which is typical for all ex-Mets.

  6. Matt Imbrogno says:

    I wish they could get Adam Dunn. I'd love for them to get Adam Dunn. I'm a HUGE Adam Dunn fan. HUGE. But it's not going to happen. Washington likely won't trade him and the price would likely be too high for just one guaranteed year of Dunn.

  7. No thanks to Dunn. DC can keep him and his K's, lack of foot speed, subpar outfielding, and low career average.

  8. Sorry, upon reflection that last comment was a bit snarky. My bad. I just popped over after a discussion on a Red Sox blog that claimed–without any evidence whatsoever–that Boston came out the big winner in the three-way trade for Granderson; no joke. Dunn is a masher and had a good year for a bad team. He does deserve credit for that. I just don't think, with who the Yankees have and with Dunn's limitations, that he fits in with the Yankees.

  9. Matt Imbrogno says:

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    Jason from The Heartland: Sorry, upon reflection that last comment was a bit snarky.My bad.I just popped over after a discussion on a Red Sox blog that claimed–without any evidence whatsoever–that Boston came out the big winner in the three-way trade for Granderson; no joke.Dunn is a masher and had a good year for a bad team.He does deserve credit for that.I just don’t think, with who the Yankees have and with Dunn’s limitations, that he fits in with the Yankees.

    If you're looking for batting average, Dunn isn't your guy. However, there are two things Dunn does that fit the Yankees very well. He's incredibly patient–his lowest walk total ever in a full season (100+ games) was 74. He's at least 100 from 2004 on. And, he hits home runs. A lot. His homer totals since/incl '04:
    46
    40
    40
    40
    40
    38

    As a DH, not a fielder, Dunn would be perfect for the Yankees. Literally, perfect.

  10. I get the feeling that the Nationals would be better off holding on to Dunn and try to deal him at the deadline. They could probably get more for him then from a team that thinks they need a big bat to get them to the playoffs.

    There aren't many prospects I'd want the Yankees to give up for Dunn. I don't think he's that bad, but I'm generally not a big fan of DH's. I don't think it would be worth it.