Since Brett Gardner is one of the biggest topics on the Yankees, I thought I would try a small exercise involving Gardner. On Twitter, I asked Yankees fans to come up with trade proposals involving Brett Gardner. I’ll list the trade proposal and then I’ll give my take on whether it would be a deal the Yankees should do.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for David Price (TB): This trade will not work out for an abundance of reasons. For one thing, David Price is the ace of the Tampa Bay staff and Brett Gardner alone will not get you Price. The Tampa Bay Rays also have a habit of not trading players within the American League East, so that’s that.
Final Verdict: Not even if they were the last two players on earth, this trade wouldn’t happen.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Alexei Ramirez (CWS): MLB Network suggested this trade this morning and the first thing I said was, “The Yankees would never go for this.” MLB Network stated Ramirez could be insurance for Derek Jeter in 2014 since Ramirez also plays short stop, however the Yankees already have insurance for Jeter. The Yankees didn’t sign Brendan Ryan for nothing, you know.
Final Verdict: Yankees don’t need another SS, so no.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Chris Sale (CWS): Chris Sale is the ace of the White Sox staff. Brett Gardner’s trade value wouldn’t be enough to get Chris Sale. As a matter of fact, Brett Gardner by himself wouldn’t bring back any ace. The trade would be fair to the Yankees–but it wouldn’t be fair to the White Sox.
Final Verdict: No chance it happens.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Brett Anderson (OAK): Brett for a Brett, huh? Brett Anderson is a decent starting pitcher–but he’s been hurt every year since 2009, so he wouldn’t bring much value to the Yankees if he lands on the disabled list. Honestly, if it were a contest to see who would be injured first, my bet would be on Anderson. Anderson has good stuff, but his injury history would be enough to stay away.
Final Verdict: Unless you like injury prone starting pitchers, then this wouldn’t work.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for David Freese (STL/LAA): David Freese is a St. Louis Cardinals World Series hero from 2011, but that wouldn’t be enough to trade Gardner for Freese in Los Angeles. Freese plays third base and of course, people are thinking ahead if Alex Rodriguez would be suspended…but his numbers from the 2013 season are nothing to really write home about. Gardner had a better average (.272 vs. .261) and had a better OBP than Freese (.344 vs. 340). Basically they’re the same player minus the positions they play. Trading a Gold Glove caliber OF for an average fielding 3B? I’ll politely pass.
Final Verdict: No chance it happens
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Joe Kelly (STL): The Cardinals wouldn’t do the trade since they consider Kelly a viable asset to their rotation. It’s possible it could work, but no way St. Louis goes for it.
Final Verdict: St. Louis won’t allow it to happen.
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Shelby Miller (STL): Again, I don’t really see the Cardinals moving anyone from their rotation for Gardner. They value their pitching, as it was shown during the postseason last year.
Final Verdict: St. Louis won’t allow it to happen
Brett Gardner (NYY) for Brandon Phillips (CIN): From a numerical standpoint, Gardner for Phillips seems like a fair trade–but the Yankees have to also think about the dynamics in the clubhouse. In the clubhouse, Gardner is polite, respectful to the media and his teammates enjoy having him in the clubhouse (despite Gardner playing harmless pranks on them). Phillips on the other hand, isn’t so popular in the Reds clubhouse. Phillips has famously complained about his contract and belittled a media writer because the writer rightfully brought up his low OBP. If Phillips could crack and show anger in Cincinnati, then I don’t think he’s mentally fit for New York, regardless how many home runs he hits.
Final Verdict: No. Way.
Brett Gardner (NYY) AND Austin Romine (NYY) for Homer Bailey (CIN): This is probably the one trade that could possibly work and the one player I possibly would consider dealing Gardner for–but the Reds won’t go for it. They’d probably want more prospects because I don’t think Gardner and Romine would be enough for the trade.
Final Verdict: Reds wouldn’t do it, so no.