For the pitching staff:
As a trade target, Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke’s name has been floated, since he’s approaching the expensive years of his arbitration-eligible status. This year, Greinke, 24, was 13-10, with a 3.47 ERA in a little more than 200 innings, and he totaled 183 strikeouts. Oakland’s Justin Duchscherer, 30, isn’t a free agent until after next season, and he’s had hip issues that compromise his trade value. But he is a front-line talent who might become available during the ’09 season, following this summer’s movement of rotation mates Rich Harden and Joe Blanton.
For the outfield:
Colorado’s Matt Holliday (.321, 25, 88) is owed $13.5 million next season, a year before he’s eligible for free agency. Holliday, 28, as a left fielder could push Johnny Damon back to center field, and move Xavier Nady to right field — provided that the Yankees deny Bobby Abreu’s request for a multi-year deal.
Kansas City’s David DeJesus, 30, certainly could improve the club’s athleticism; the former Rutgers star, with similar stats (.307, 12, 73) to Damon plays all three outfield spots.
For first base:
One intriguing target is Colorado’s Garrett Atkins, 28, another productive hitter whose increasing arbitration-aided salaries might tempt the Rockies to deal now. Atkins’ on-base percentage plunged to .328, from .409 two years ago.I'd take either of the two pitchers in a heartbeat, especially Greinke. 24 years old and he had a 3.47 ERA in 200+ innings in the AL? Where do I sign?
I'm not as sold on Duchscherer, but like I said, I'd take him. The Yanks desperately need starting pitching.
On to the outfield; Dejesus had a sub-par year defensively, which bothers me a bit. If the Yanks are going to bring in a center fielder, he needs to be very good defensively. I still have no problem with the Yankees sticking with Gardner.
Holiday is a very good ballplayer, but he will cost an arm and a leg so it depends on what Colorado would want in return.
As for first base, Atkins is a decent option, but Mark Teixeira and Casey Kotchman are much better options. And Atkins' splits scare me, he's a .342/.380/.523 hitter at home, and just a .233/.278/.383 hitter on the road. Seems like a Coors Field hitter to me. I'd stay away.