Rumor: Yankees listening to offers on Granderson, Hughes, and Nova

Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com passed along a rumor this morning that the Yankees were listening to offers for Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova.

This really isn’t news as the rumor that they were open to trading Granderson and Hughes was making the rounds just two days ago, but it is the first time that we’re hearing Ivan Nova’s name.

Even that shouldn’t be a surprise though. Nova is still young and cheap so teams will want him and the Yankees are set with their pitching staff while they still have four gaping holes in their lineup. They could potentially flip Nova to fill one of those holes and then turn around and sign a aging or injured veteran for rotation depth.

Same deal applies for Hughes and Granderson as I wrote the other day – the¬†Yankees will listen to offers, but both are expected to play big roles on the 2013 team so they will have to be replaced. It seems unlikely that either will be traded, but with four holes in the lineup and no money to spend Brian Cashman will have to get creative so it doesn’t hurt to at least entertain offers.

While we’re at it, I would like to throw David Phelps and Adam Warren‘s names into the pile of guys the Yankees would likely entertain offers for although I should point out that is pure speculation on my part. Warren really has no place on this team though and Phelps is kind of in the same boat as Nova is in and Hector Noesi, who was traded to Seattle, was in a year ago.

Eduardo Nunez is probably another with a good chance to get traded as Cashman has been insistent that he is only a shortstop and will not consider him for a move to third base. Considering the Yankees have Derek Jeter this kind of makes Nunez expendable.

Really though, Cashman is probably willing to listen to offers for anybody on this team, Robinson Cano included. The chances of such deals for veterans are extremely slim though, but I doubt anybody is untouchable right now. Marchand probably only named these three because they are the biggest names likely to get traded.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees listening to offers on Granderson, Hughes, and Nova

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Trading young pitching is eating your seed corn. Keep the lot of them. As for Granderson, worst NYY trade in a long time. His OBP is pathetic, he's not a good CF , and he'll be 33 when it's time to re-sign him. If they could get at least one MLB ready player for him, plus a prospect, they should pull the trigger. Here's a thought, re-sign Swisher and trade Granderson.

  2. Mike says:

    Grandy is a class act and I like him a lot. The strikeout pct. is alarming. I'd give him one more year. I'd also move him to left and put Gardner in center. Must hang on to Nova, but Hughes' mentality is better served as a closer. Might need him when Mariano goes down or retires.

  3. Adam says:

    Granderson and Nova to the Reds for Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier. Gets the Yanks younger and cheaper, and opens up some cash to go after outfield help. Fills the Reds CF hole, and gets them a young, inexpensive, decent pitcher. Conversation starter, or not enough from one side or the other?

    • Not a terrible idea, but I think the Reds say no. Mostly because I doubt they would want to take on Granderson's salary (besides the Yankees, they've been the quietest big team this offseason). The Yankees might have to throw in a prospect or two to sweeten it too. I would sign up for it though.