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Yanks in talks with Marlins for Cabrera by red

The Yankees might be in a deal for Miguel Cabrera, involving either Joba, Hughes, or Ian Kennedy in the deal.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman set out to gauge the market to replace third baseman Alex Rodriguez during this week’s General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., and perhaps the largest development is that the Marlins appear primed to deal the talented 24-year-old Cabrera.

I would quickly send of Kennedy and another prospect (perhaps Melky) for Cabrera, except for the fact that Cabrera will be a free agent after 2009. Is two years worth it? Well, Cabrera is the second best third baseman in the game. No denying that, and that alone is reason enough to trade a #3 starter at most and Melky for him. However, it would be nice to have some sort of way to make sure Cabrera is with the Yanks longer. As I have said before, Wilson Betemit would still contribute above average production, but of course not nearly as much as Cabrera.

Here’s what I say: If we can ship off Kennedy and a prospect or Melky, I’m for it, even if we only get two years out of him. There’s no secret as to why Cabrera is defenitely worth it. However, if we have to give up Joba or Hughes and someone else, I’ll be a little more hesitant. I know that Cabrera is on pace to be one of the greatest hitters of all time, but now that we have all these great prospects, and pitching prospects at that, I don’t want to suddenly see them being traded away like we’ve seen the last half decade or so. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Cashman usually does the right thing. Usually.

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In other news: Gold Gloves have been announced, (AL, NL) and they are a disgrace. The fact that Coco Crisp, Pujols, or Tulowitzki didn’t win one is incredibly stupid. The writer really suck right now when it comes to awards, just like they have been for the last few millenniums.

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