Rumor: Gardner’s injury won’t force the Yankees hand

With Brett Gardner potentially out for the season, the Yankees aren’t panicking. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, they could make a trade for an outfielder, but only if the right deal comes up.

This is how Brian Cashman operates. Back in the days of George Steinbrenner, a third setback to Gardner would have sent The Boss into a frenzy and the Yankees would have had a new outfielder within 48 hours. The problem was that because they were so aggressive they would usually overpay. Not these days.

Instead Cashman will be incredibly busy over the next two weeks and will seek out the best possible option for the Yankees. To Cashman, it is a better option to do nothing than to make a trade just for the sake of trading in the typical Steinbrenner fashion. As a result, the Yankees get ripped off much less often in trades these days. It’s part of what makes Cashman a good GM.

If the Yankees do make a trade, it has been out there that they prefer somebody more like Gardner who can steal bases and play defense. The biggest names attached to them through rumors so far has been Justin Upton and Shane Victorino. Here is a link to BBD’s latest Yankees rumors.

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10 Responses to Rumor: Gardner’s injury won’t force the Yankees hand

  1. Billy ball says:

    Just wish the fantasy gms would stop imagining trades and gutting the farm when in fact they have no true idea how the Yanks perceive that prospect they are looking trade. Many on this site are willing to trade our best left handed pitching prospect in banuelos, our best outfielder prospect in mason Williams, our best pure hitter whom happens play elite position in Gary Sanchez, and our only real ss replacement at this time in Eduardo Nunez whom despite his value decreasing if you left him at ss he can possibly give you 30-45 sb with 240 avg and 10 hr a yr while flashing plus arm. Now why would you trade all that plus a David phelps whom has talent to be back end starter today for a guy in Justin upton who quite honestly puts up nick swisher stats at best with more sb which is around 15 to 20 sb a year? Don’t you understand it is easier to replace corner outfield production than any other spot on team? Wake up and stop playing gm and trust the cash with the moves that make sense now and for the future. Also consider why would Arizona look to trade a 24 yo talent such as uptons? Injury concerns? Attitude concerns?

  2. daniel says:

    imho a lead off hitter who tries a bunt is useless, also is not patient always 0-2 in the count. All right he has good defensive skills but that's not a problem so far. Yankees should trade this guy.

    • klaus says:

      How can you say he's not patient when he sees more pitches than anyone else in the league?

  3. aToTheB says:

    re whether to trade prospects for Justin Upton: Would you do the Granderson trade again?

    I think history says Yanks should have stuck with Austin Jackson in CF. Would have then kept Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy.

    Recall the trade:

    December 8, 2009: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New York Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers. The New York Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers.

    So an open question: Would you do the trade given how it turned out?

    • I absolutely would do the trade again. Granderson is easily the 2nd most important part of this lineup and Ajax wouldn't be. Besides, with Ajax and Gardner in the outfield it would be too weak. Yankees need Granderson's 40 homers.

      Kennedy wasn't a huge loss, IMO.

    • Fred says:

      I'd do that trade again in a second. I think every team won on that trade, which is pretty rare. The Tigers needed to get younger and replace Grandy with a similar player for lower dollars. The Yankees needed a big outfield bat with good defense. And the Dbacks needed quality pitching. All 3 teams managed to accomplish that.

    • Greg Corcoran says:

      I would do the Granderson trade again in a second, but I think Justin Upton would cost more than Granderson did, and we'd get less in return. It's not like there's a hole in Upton's swing that Kevin Long can fix like Granderson. We get him for what he is, and hopefully he performs well for us. We're paying max value for him because he's putting up great numbers this season.

      That said, I still think it might be worth it depending on the package. I don't feel that Phelps is particularly important to the team's future, and Nunez is important right now, but I question whether he is really a solution to the post Jeter era shortstop problem. I think it's likely that the Yankees never allow him to be the full-time starter anyway, and instead go after someone more proven.

      As for Banuelos and Mason Williams, I'd hate to lose them. I could swallow losing Mason Williams though because we'd get Justin Upton in return, and he is an outfielder who has actually proven himself in the MLB, and we have several outfield prospects at the same level or slightly higher that are not far behind him if at all (Austin, Heathcott, Flores)

      • Marc Perez says:

        Since when is Upton putting up great numbers this season??
        He's been getting booed by his home crowd.

    • Matt_DC says:

      aToTheB, thanks for your post and your question. This was a rare three team trade that worked out for all three teams. Last year the D-Backs got to the playoffs with Ian leading the way, and all those pitchers the Tigers got combined to help them get them to the ALCS. Austin is having a terrific year for Detroit in 2012.

      Nevertheless, in 2012 I think the Yankees need Granderson more than the guys they gave up. Like Rob said, he is a 40 homer CF. I think Ian needed to get out of NY to grow (and he hasn't exactly been so great in 2012).

      The the original post, I agree that a young outfielder getting shopped is dangerous. Upton must have more baggage than Arizona is letting on.

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