New York Yankees: Could Michael Cuddyer Be an Option with Mark Teixeira Injury?
The Yankees offense has really thinned out since the start of spring training.
The team had lost Alex Rodriguez before the season even began and then lost Curtis Granderson to a broken forearm.
And with the most recent: Mark Teixeira's wrist injury that will sideline him until May.
That leaves Robinson Cano when he gets back from the World Baseball Classic, Kevin Youkilis and maybe even Travis Hafner as the big bats of the offense.
Not exactly Murders Row we're talking about here.
Sure, they'll get Derek Jeter back from his broken ankle and Brett Gardner has re-emerged into the offense after spending most of 2012 on the shelf, but is that really going to be enough?
Right now, I'm very skeptical about this offense and I think Yankees GM Brian Cashman is too, which is why we've heard multiple different names linked to them as potential free agent or trade targets.
SPECULATION: You wonder if there is a deal to be made for the Rockies-Yankees in which COL eats a lot of Michael Cuddyer $ to move him.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 8, 2013
Cuddyer could add some versatility into the lineup, as he could play first and third base, plus left and right field and be the team's right-handed option at DH.
Should the Yankees look to trade for Michael Cuddyer?
Yes, I know he's still got $21 million remaining on his contract for two more seasons, but according to Olney, if the Rockies were to move Cuddyer, they would have to eat a major chunk of that deal.
So lets say the Yankees get Cuddyer and only have to pay $5 million per season for his services?
Five million a season for the potential of 20 home runs and 70 RBI is a pretty good bargain considering Colorado is on the hook for $10.5 million right now.
In 2012, Cuddyer hit .260 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in just 101 games with the Rockies.
To me, this is a perfect kind of player for the Yankees lineup.
Cuddyer could give players a partial day off like Teixeira when he comes back, or Kevin Youkilis if they need to be used at the DH that day.
Plus, Cuddyer right now would be a better option for the Yankees than Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz would, both offensively and defensively.
At worst, the Yankees might have to give up a mid-level type prospect for Cuddyer, but for him, I'd make the deal.
Cuddyer in no way would cost the Yankees someone like Mason Williams, Tyler Austin or any other top prospect in the farm system right now.
Plus, it would allow Colorado to continue their youth movement in developing their own players under new manager Walt Weiss.
If I am Cashman, I am giving Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd a call and seeing if there is a way they will make a move for Cuddyer.
Cuddyer on the Yankees makes too much sense, and if the Rockies will take on most of the remaining deal, Cashman will pull the trigger on a deal.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.
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