Thursday, November 6, 2008
Mike Cameron Rumblings
The biggest story for the Brewers to come out of the GM meetings surrounds the recently extended center fielder Mike Cameron. The Yankees are apparently extremely interested in Cameron even after the Brewers picked up his 2009 option. Word is that the Yankees are willing to part with Melky Cabrera and pitching. Cabrera had a disappointing 2008 season, however the Yankees held Cabrera in very high regard several years back, enough to force out Yankee-great Bernie Williams. Although I wouldn't deem Cabrera a failure and I believe he still has some upside, but not enough to be the centerpiece in the deal. In order for this deal to make sense, Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy would have to be the "pitching" that the Yankees are willing to deal. They also have a prospect that can throw lefty and righty, but other than the novelty factor, he's not enough either. I don't see this deal going through because the Yankees have shown an unwillingness to part ways with Hughes and Kennedy in the past. The only way I see this as a possibility is if the Yankees sign three free agent starters. Three names that seem likely are Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte. That would give the Yankees 7 or 8 legitimate starters, hence an ability to deal young talent. I will be keeping an eye on the situation and update as it develops.