Chicago Cubs Eyeing Crowded New York Yankee Outfield?

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IDecember 9, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17:  Melky Cabrera #53 of the New York Yankees hits a single to centerfield in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Game Two of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees are close to making the biggest splash of the winter meetings, thus far, by acquiring center fielder Curtis Granderson in a three-team trade that involves the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers.

In the trade, the Yankees would receive another offensive weapon to add to their lineup and a great defensive center fielder, but it also brings up an interesting question.

What happens with Melky Cabrera?

This is where the Chicago Cubs come in. The Cubs are in need of a center fielder so they can move Kosuke Fukudome over to right once Milton Bradley is shipped out of town.

Apparently this might actually be a possibility as "sources" have told the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs are expected to make a run at Cabrera.

Cabrera would be an interesting option for the Cubs as he might be a better option than any other free agent center fielder on the open market.

In 2009, Cabrera enjoyed a very solid season with a .274 average, 13 home runs, and 68 runs batted in, but it must be realized that Cabrera was surrounded by some of the best offensive talent in the majors.

Another plus to adding Cabrera is that he is only 25 years old, 11 years younger than current free agent front-runner Mike Cameron and five years younger than Rick Ankiel, another name being associated with the Cubs.

But Cabrera's age could also work as a disadvantage to the Cubs or any team for that matter in acquiring him. Cabrera is still in the early stages of his career and could simply be moved to another outfield position or as an insurance policy for injury purposes.

With that said, the Yankees could use some prospects or young players to fill the void left by Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke, and Andrew Jackson, so it is possible they would be willing to part with Cabrera to put more bodies on the farm.

Right now it is all speculation and there is no solid proof that the Cubs are interested in the services of Melky Cabrera, but if the Cubs do want to fill their hole in center field, I believe that Cabrera might be the best option out there.