Sunday, December 21, 2008

Marlon Byrd

Well, the "Snyder on the trade block" rumors didn't last long. It appears Arizona is more likely to deal Montero, which doesn't seem like a good idea to me. LH hitting catchers are slightly harder to find, and Montero would seem to be a natural platoon partner for Snyder. Anyway, Peter Gammons was fanning the embers of a Montero to Boston deal, wondering if the Red Sox would be willing to take on Eric Byrne's contract. Interesting concept, similar to what I had proposed in the Helton situation below.

Anyway, back to my favorite topic -- the 2009 Yankee center fielder. I've been digging through as many stats as I can find, and a new contender has emerged -- Marlon Byrd. Byrd's UZR/150 led all CFers in 2008 with a minimum of 400 innings played, and while he won't set the world afire at the plate, he posts a pretty good average, OBP, and a little pop (Marcel projects a .281/.352/.437 line, while Bill James projects .283/.351/.425). Exactly what the Yankees need.

I'm not going to speculate on what it would take to get Byrd from Texas. The Rangers always need pitching, but suggesting Kennedy yet again would be redundant. Cashman, the move is all yours at this point.

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