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DeJesus A Good Fit for Yanks But is there Room?

By Mike Silva ~ June 5th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

Back in early December I brought up Kansas City outfielder David DeJesus as someone that could be a “value player” available in the marketplace. DeJesus is actually a local product that was born in Brooklyn and played for Rutgers University. He was drafted by the Mets in 1997, but did not sign.

Yesterday, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reiterated a point regarding Nick Johnson’s health made here by contributor Frank Russo: “Yanks are not confident Nick Johnson will return in 2010. Likely to seek on-base guy. Brooklyn-born David DeJesus (.383) fits.”

DeJesus is predominantly playing right field this year, but has tons of experience in left and center. He has some pop (13 homers last year), obviously gets on base, and is an above average defensive outfielder. Two things to consider when going after someone like DeJesus: Will Jorge Posada be able to catch this year? And what will Kansas City ask for in return?

Last year the Yankees looked to acquire Jarrod Washburn from Seattle who asked for Austin Jackson in return. Other deals the last few years have made Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes pre requisites for marginal talent in return. I am sure Kansas City would be looking for a young pitcher and position player in exchange for DeJesus. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe stated last month that KC would want “bullpen help and some sort of a positional prospect.” That sounds like Mark Melancon and someone like Brandon Laird. Maybe switch pitcher Pat Venditte would interest Dayton Moore. Of course I am just speculating. Remember, no team is going to give away their players on the cheap for the Yankees. Fortunately, bullpen arms are plentiful in the system, but I would be careful about dealing a positional prospect for DeJesus.

An outfield of DeJesus, Gardner, and Granderson, with Swisher at the DH, is a fine defensive group. I think on a good team DeJesus will be a much more valuable player. One of the issues I believe in upgrading the offense is the health of Posada. If he can’t catch semi regularly than there will be no room for anyone you bring onboard. If the asking price is true that is way too much for someone that will sit on the bench. Of course, there still is the matter of Cliff Lee which will linger till the trade deadline.

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1 Response to DeJesus A Good Fit for Yanks But is there Room?

  1. poalrgirl360

    This would be just a seasonal rental if the Yankees did trade for Dejesus.

    Finding room in the lineup for all the players on the roster would be no problem in 2010 for Girardi. Nick Swisher would go back to being a back up 1st baseman since Nick Johnson would be out for the season if this trade were made in addition to being a 4th outfielder and DH.

    Jorge Posada missed a lot of games with injury. When he returns, he will be fresh in mid-season. He could easily be played intensively until early September when they Yankees are comfortable with their position in the standings and are just resting players for the playoffs. Montero and / or Romine may get called up then to see what they can do at the major league level giving Posada all the rest he needs in September.

    Then of course there are the injuries as well. The chances are very high that one of the three starting outfielders or Teixeira goes on the DL before the season is over making Swisher a temporary full time position player. There is also the possibility of Swisher going on the DL to necessitate the Dejesus trade.

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