The New England Sports Network speculates that the Yankees might be a player for Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus.
According to the outlet, the Yankees want to get younger without getting weaker. And they think that the power hitting young outfielder might help them accomplish that goal.
Pitcher Joba Chamberlain, outfielder Brett Gardner and left handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos are suggested as a package that could land Rasmus.
Banuelos is a nice prospect -- although he is smallish for a starter. But I can't see the Cardinals making that deal. First, unless they thought they could flip prospects in another deal, I would have to imagine a deal for Rasmus would have to be heavy on major league talent. I sincerely doubt, as the team attempts to sign Albert Pujols to a contract extension, that it is interested in giving the appearance it is starting a rebuilding project.
True, Chamberlain and Gardner are major league players. But are they major league impact players? Chamberlain is only 24 years old. But he's been unable to stick in the Yankees rotation after parts of four years in the bigs. At one point does he make the switch from prospect to suspect? Besides, the Cardinals have four starters under contract. If they landed Chamberlain, he would be the fifth guy in the rotation. Is that the sort of value the club expects for a five-tool centerfielder?
Gardner started in left field for the Yankees in 2010 -- to the chagrin of New York fans -- and he hit .277 with five homers and 47 RBIs. How would he make the Birds any better? Why not start Skip Schumaker in the outfield and keep Rasmus? Schumaker's 2010 production was similar to Gardner's -- and 2010 was Skippy's worst year at the plate while it was Gardner's best.
Thanks, Yankees. But no thanks.
Give us a call, Yankees, if you want to trade Robinson Cano for Rasmus...