To Part With Gardner, Should Require Big Reward For Bombers
It's been no secret that the New York Yankees have been shopping All-Star outfielder Brett Gardner this offseason. Should they end up trading the speedster, they would have to require more than just any other player.
Rumors have swirled about the Cubs and Yankees looking into a trade that would send Gardner to Chicago for star shortstop Starlin Castro. Castro would be acquired to fill the void at 2B with an unproven Rob Refsnyder still needing a few more reps before he takes the every day position.
Although that trade possibility doesn't sound bad at all, the Yankees need to get a starting pitcher to bolster a depleted rotation. That is the one void that the Yankees will be looking to desperately fill this offseason.
Many teams have had interest in Gardner and have reached out to the Yankees. The Cleveland Indians are one team in particular that are showing a considerable amount of interest in Gardner and his availability. Cleveland looks to fit Gardner either in center or left alongside star Michael Brantley; forming a pretty dynamic duo not only in the outfield, but with the bat too.
Should the Yankees and Indians strike a deal, the Yankees would love to grab a pitching prospect, if not an established top of the line pitcher (maybe Corey Kluber should the Yankees throw in a prospect or two).
It is still uncertain if the Yankees are willing to part ways with Gardner yet, but if they do, they need to fill a need at SP. By trading Gardner, you can do just that.