Mr. Cashman, you have calls on lines 1, 2, 3…
For some reason, I just pictured Brian Doyle Murray in Groundhog Day, trying to unload Bill Murray at the bachelor auction: “What am I bid for this fine spec-i-mine?”
That aside, the Yankees are still taking calls on Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher, as the The New York Times reports today. But don’t keep hitting refresh looking for the trade to go down. There’s little reason to believe anything will change in the very near future.
Drawing out the lineup on paper here on January 17, the pieces don’t fit, and one of those players could be extraneous. But unless a club – the Reds, Giants, Braves and Nationals have been reported to have interest – comes calling with something that the Yankees absolutely must jump at, there isn’t really an urgent need to deal either Nady or Swisher.
They could just as easily bring both players down to Tampa for Spring Training, when inevitably some team will suffer a crippling outfield injury and all of a sudden need to make a quick move to field a decent lineup for Opening Day.
Of course, then there’s the other scenario that the Yankees wouldn’t want to see happen — it could be the Yankees themselves who suffer an injury, which would open up a way that both Nady and Swisher would be in the Opening Day lineup.
Either way, time is on Brian Cashman’s side with this one. Though it seems they’d prefer to deal Nady over Swisher, it behooves Cashman to make the best possible deal he can regardless of who gets dealt, and not rush into a hair-trigger transaction.