Brett Gardner Or Melky Cabrera?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2009

The biggest question for the New York Yankees this spring training is whether Brett Gardner or Melky Cabrera will start in center field come Opening Day.

Only time and the performance of each player will tell. They both bring different baseball abilities to the table.

I will start off with who I believe is the front runner: Brett Gardner.

Gardner has the ability to steal 50+ bases in a season. Last year he hit .228 with no homers and 16 RBI, but he notched 13 stolen bases.

He produced all of those stats in only 127 at bats, which is not enough Major League ABs to properly judge him.

On defense, he can run balls down, but he throws like a woman or Johnny Damon.

Cabrera has moderate speed and wouldn't steal as many bases.

Last year he hit .249 with eight homers, 37 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. He has had enough at bats (414), and was shipped back down to AAA midseason.

His big question is will hit like he did last year, or two years ago when he had eight homers, 73 RBI, 13 SBs and hit .273?

Defensively, Melky has an above-average arm and was in the top of the league in assists with 16.

Now that I have explained the situtation, you can make up your own mind.

I think by the end of spring training Brett Gardner will be starting in center field.