Trade Rumor: Yankees like Denard Span

The Yankees have down played their interest in trading for an outfielder, but it seems hard to believe as in Jon Heyman‘s words they are, “in on everybody,” whether that be Justin Upton, Shane Victorino, Rick Ankiel, and now apparently Denard Span as well.

The Yankees like Span and the Twins are supposedly open to trading for him, but I have a hard time believing that this one will happen.

Obviously Span would be the perfect person to replace the injured Brett Gardner, who may be out for the season. He won’t come cheaply though as he is in the middle of a team friendly¬†five year, $16.5 million deal that also has a $9 million club option for 2015. So Span would be more than just a typical rental player.

That’s where the problem comes in. Span is a solid player, but comes with no power at all. If he’s going to be sticking around until 2015 then he’s going to be replacing Nick Swisher. Fine, except that would leave the 2013 Yankees with an outfield of Gardner, Span, and Curtis Granderson where Granderson would be hitting likely 90 percent of all the outfield home runs.

It might be just me, but I find it hard to believe the Yankees will cash in a lot of their prospects for one of their weakest outfields at least in recent history. Still, it seems that both teams are open to the idea. Anything can happen.

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2 Responses to Trade Rumor: Yankees like Denard Span

  1. uyf1950 says:

    I like Span as a replacement for Swisher. I also like Gordon of the Royals. Maybe the Yankees don't need another HR hitter. After all Swisher only has 14 HR's. As for struck outs Swisher whiffed 80 times versus Span's 47 in with about 40 more AB's. Maybe what the Yankees need is just someone who can get on base and make things happen. Span also has about a 50 point advantage over Swisher with RISP. Also, the shorter right field porch in Yankee Stadium might benefit Span's power numbers. And what's not to like about Span's AAV for luxury tax purposes.

    • Gonzalo says:

      Completely agree, for HR we already have Cano, Teixeira, ARod and Granderson (not forgetting he's a top 5 MLB most strikeouts). I don't see the problem of having an outfield with Gardner and another high AVG, OBP, very fast guy if you already have very high SLG players.

      For the same reason Michael Bourn could be another good option during the next offseason, he'll be a free agent and with Hamilton, Melky, Upton, Victorino and Swisher being free agents too, he could come cheap .