The Yankees have a glaring need: a centerfielder. They’ve had this need for over a year now. They ignored it last winter, and let Carlos Beltran get away. They seem to be ignoring it this winter, to my chagrin.
Maybe it’s because Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter and Mike Cameron (who really shouldn’t be in the same sentence as the other two) are all due for free agency next winter. Maybe it’s because the market for a CF is thin, with few options available.
But consider this: would you wait a year for a high priced superstar in free agency, or make a move for a guy with “Tremendous Upside Potential” that would come on the cheap?
I vote for the latter. And in that spirit, and in the continuing series of “Guys Noy G Would Rather Have in Centerfield,” I present:
Now that the Cubs have traded for Juan Pierre, (who incidentally, without a specific post, would have appeared on this list for his speed alone, which, after reading some of the other things he doesn’t do as well, good thing he’s not a Yankee. His arm is on the Johnny Damon/Bernie Williams level…not what we want) Patterson is available. Patterson has good speed, can bunt for a base hit (which means he can bunt, yay!) and has a live bat, with power to all fields. He also plays a good Centerfield, just a notch below Jones and Hunter, and has a strong, accurate arm.
If the Cubs are looking to move him, the Yankees should be making calls. And you already know how I feel about Chien-Ming as trade bait (but not Cano, though, not for a guy who hit .215 last year).