With every game that goes by, Yankees fans keep watching the transaction wire: Can there be a left fielder on the way to the Bronx? Someone with a better resume than, say, Willie Calhoun or Franchy Cordero or Aaron Hicks — a Triple Crown of imposters that GM Brian Cashman has used as Band-Aids on an open wound he neglected in the offseason.
Former MLB executive Jim Bowden, writing in The Athletic, has a trade he’s like to propose: Giants’ Joc Peterson to the Bronx. He doesn’t suggest a price for him, however:
Last season, Joc Pederson hit 23 homers, drove in 70 runs and slashed .274/.353/.521. That performance compelled the Giants to extend Pederson the $19.65 million qualifying offer, which he accepted immediately before they could change their mind. Pederson has extensive postseason experience, playing 79 games and 16 series. He’s had 195 postseason at-bats over that time, belting 12 home runs and tallying 29 RBIs with the Dodgers and Braves. Pederson is best positioned as a platoon-type player to use in the right matchups, and I think he’d be a perfect fit for the Yankees right now as they battle a rash of injuries to their outfielders and designated hitters. I could see a solid trade match here.
Cashman, for some inexplicable reason, chose not to address left field this winter, rolling with Hicks and utilityman Oswaldo Cabrera as the ridiculous Opening Day platoon on a $300 million payroll, then picking up Cordero (and shipping him to the minors when his bat went silent as expected) and promoting Jake Bauers from the minors.
The Yankees couldn’t re-sign Andrew Benintendi, who left for the White Sox, and couldn’t pry Brian Reynolds from the Pirates or Ian Happ from the Cubs before they signed a long-term deals.