This offseason has been different. There has been no clear cut guy the Yankees are targeting. A few guys like John Lackey, Rafael Soriano, and Mike Cameron have had their names floated around, but nothing serious has ever been mentioned and offers are not expected anytime soon.
Two big names that have been linked to the Yankees are Roy Halladay and Curtis Granderson, but it’s different than it was last year with Sabathia. Last season, I wanted to see them get Sabathia and that was the bottom line. Spend the money and bring the Big Man in to win a World Series.
With these guys it has been different. Of course I would love Halladay on the mound and Granderson roaming center or even left field for that matter. But with these two they come at a price that is worse than money, prospects. Prospects are interesting things too because you are essentially gambling with these guys. They’re valuable because team’s can’t just go out and get new ones (unless you go to the Dominican Republic) and you never really know how these guys are going to pan out.
So what you do is you keep a good eye on these guys, try to find out which ones are the real valuable players and you try to keep those. The rest you want to deal. The problem is the ones you want to keep are precisely the ones teams ask for.
In this case the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to acquire at least one of the Yankees best four players under 25, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Jesus Montero, and Austin Jackson according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
The Tigers are supposed to be, “asking for multiple major-league-ready players to move Granderson.” If that’s the case then expect them to be asking about one of the same four players the Blue Jays are looking for. Maybe the Yankees could get them interested in Ian Kennedy or Zach McAllister, but in reality, if they’re looking for a major league ready player and dealing Granderson then Austin Jackson is where this thing is going to lead to.