It’s no secret the 2015 free agent market is thin, and the Yankees have a few holes to fill. And two of the main names that have been involved in trade discussions are closer Andrew Miller and outfielder Brett Gardner. In fact, there had been so much chatter that there have been trade rumors regarding the two players over the last few weeks. The Yankees are serious about acquiring starting pitching and improving their infield, but are they serious about dealing away two of their best players in order to do so? The two players aren’t actively on the trade market but they have been drawing interest from other teams. But there has been so much clamor around Gardner and Miller, you wonder whether Cashman is serious or if this is simply a diversion for another move.
The way Brian Cashman operates is he usually makes deals and trades out of nowhere and never announces his deals beforehand. No one expected the John Ryan Murphy / Aaron Hicks trade, no one expected the Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran signings and no one expected the David Phelps, Martin Prado / Nathan Eovaldi trade. There wasn’t even that much noise surrounding the Didi Gregorius three-way trade which involved a multitude of players. The only player that comes to mind that made a huge buzz in the last few years was Masahiro Tanaka, but that was because Tanaka was a hot pitching commodity coming from Japan.
For there to be so much buzz around Gardner and Miller makes me wonder what are the Yankees real intentions. It doesn’t make sense for the Yankees to actively announce their motives and they haven’t announced their motives prior to a trade since the “George Steinbrenner Era”. Maybe there’s truth to the Yankees trying to part with Gardner and / or Miller due to their trade value and the Yankees trying to stay below payroll. But a huge part of me believes the Yankees are planning something different, and in the meantime are using Gardner and Miller as merely a diversion.