A-Rod Begged the Yankees to Sign Melky In Offseason

Kansas City Royals Melky CabreraVia Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Alex Rodriguez begged the Yankees to re-sign Melky Cabrera this winter. Cabrera moved to Miami in part to train with A-Rod this winter, and it seems to be paying off in Kansas City, where he signed for $1.2 million. Cabrera is batting .279 after hitting just .255 for the Braves last season. Royals GM Dayton Moore made several good cheap signings this winter (Bruce Chen, Jeff Francis).

A-Rod is generally regarded as one of the smartest baseball players when it comes to discussing the game, but this just goes to show you that even the smartest baseball players don’t really understand how to put together a team. Far too often they let small sample sizes sway their thinking and, in this case, a personal bias get in the way of good decision making. Being a ball player doesn’t help prepare you to be a GM, if anything it hurts you. They spend so much of their time thinking about their game, their next at bat, what they need to work on in the cage, that they totally ignore the big picture.

In this case A-Rod wanted the Yankees to sign Melky after they worked out together this offseason. The thing is, we already know what kind of a ball player Melky is. He’s not going to get much better no matter how much he works out with A-Rod. He’s already logged 2,732 plate appearances and has only managed a 86 OPS+.

If the Yankees would have signed him it probably would have kept them from signing Andruw Jones. The big reason they signed Jones of course was because they had two outfielders, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson, who have struggled against left handed pitchers. So they went out and got Jones to pick up the slack against tough lefties. Unfortunately that is not something Melky does well, at all. Over his career he only has a .668 OPS against them. I will take Jones’ .863 OPS against them over that every day.

So Brian Cashman and the Yankees did the right thing ignoring A-Rod. It might have been a hard decision as he is one of the most respected players on the team and Melky was a big fan favorite, but as far as baseball goes this was a no-brainer.

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14 Responses to A-Rod Begged the Yankees to Sign Melky In Offseason

  1. Hiram says:

    are you sure?

    forget about Jones, that's a very good sign

    but what about Melky instead of Gardner

    I like Gardner like a defensive sub for the last innings or a pinch runner but OMG hes is so bad at bat

  2. Brett Gardner is more productive than Melky even if he hits .150 all season long.

    • David K. says:

      You're kidding, right?

      • Melky can't hit, has no power, has turned into a poor defender, with no plate discipline, he's not especially fast. He's lazy and sulks when he doesn't get his way. Having a fun personality doesn't make you a good ball player.

        • Franco Kotos says:

          Melky was a clutch performer with the Yankees..Melky had an off season last year without a doubt and that's what makes it difficult to compare both players at this point…i've always liked ballplayers that can hit in the clutch…losing Melky was no small loss imo…

  3. Susan says:

    Brett Gardner has no business being a starting outfielder for professional sport's greatest and most storied franchise. He's terrible. As Hiram said, for a late inning defensive sub or as a pinch runner, fine. But absolutely no way as an every day player. Everyone expects us to go after another starting pitcher at some point this season but in my mind, we need another productive outfielder or two even more.

    • So you think it's more likely that the Yankees will miss the playoffs because their left fielder isn't good enough? Rather than the fact that they don't have enough starting pitching?

    • Tanned Tom says:

      All Gardner did last year was lead the team in On base percentage. Cabrera is a joke as a player, and please remember that he was traded because of both his crappy performance and his negative influence on Cano.

  4. Susan says:

    I think both left and right field are too weak. Maybe Swisher can get his butt in gear eventually but right now with Swish and Gardner stinking it up this is why I say we need another bat out there.

    So far, even though it's early, Colon and Garcia have proved me wrong and are pitching well enough that our starting pitching might be good enough. Maybe even Millwood or Silva can contribute.

    My point is, that the New York Yankees ought to be able to do better than Brett Gardner in left field. Other than as a pinch runner he's useless. Maybe try Nunez out there?

    • The Yankees are currently 8th in runs scored. They'll probably finish the season 1st or 2nd overall. They are currently 20th in ERA. They will probably finish the season 20th. Worrying about Gardner and pining for Melky is a waste of time because it isn't even a significant problem.

  5. Susan says:

    Well, to be honest, I'm not really one of the ones wishing for a Melky return. I see Melky exactly like I see Gardner. A decent 4th or 5th outfielder with limited ability. Neither has any business starting.

  6. Tanned Tom says:

    A-Rod wanted him why? So he could carry his gym bag? Get real, Cabrera won't even be in the majors in 3 years.

  7. steve says:

    Most of you don't even have a clue, much less the ability to evaluate a player. Melky's got a real shot this year at 200 hits, 90 rbi's, 90 runs scored, 20 homers, and 20 stolen bases. Only Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies was able to put up those numbers last year. Melky's hitting .309 as of 8/11. He's second in the majors in multi hit games, top 10 in total bases in the AL. Yeah Tom, "Melky is a joke as a player". He's in the top 10 in most offensive categories this year.