Now that the Philadelphia Phillies are 8.5 games out of first and will likely be in sell mode, it hit me that this outfielder would be the perfect fit for the Yankees. I seriously hope Cashman explores this option.
With young outfielders like John Mayberry Jr and Domonic Brown not to mention Hunter Pence, this outfielder becomes expendable as he is a Free Agent in 2012.
That player is none other than Shane Victorino.
This guy is the definition of a grinder and a gamer. He is hated by Mets fans because he has a knack for getting key hits in big moments. He has won before and is playoff battle tested for sure. He has the perfect combination of power and speed that allows him to replicate some of what Gardner would have brought to the table.
Because he and Swisher are Free Agents after the season, it makes signing one of them easier. An Outfield of Gardner, Granderson, Victorino would cover so much ground. I think he would benefit from hitting in Yankee Stadium as well. The Phillies are known to want to shed players as they want to get something back for Victorino for sure.
He is 30 years old and would be the perfect fit NOW as a rental LFer and possibly in the future as well if he is easy to resign. I love the fact that he is another switch hitter and can be convinced about NY by Raul Ibanez.
SS Derek Jeter (R)
CF Curtis Granderson (L)
3B Alex Rodriguez (R)
2B Robinson Cano (L)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
RF Nick Swisher (S)
LF Shane Victorino (S)
DH Raul Ibanez (L)
C Russell Martin (R)
Victorino can essentially bat anywhere in the lineup. Having all those Switch hitters gives us such an advantage.
.253 Avg 8 homeruns 33 RBI .744 OPS 13 SB 12 2B's
on pace for
21 Homeruns 86 RBI 34 SB 31 2B's
The Blue Jays tried for him and Hamels in early May and were shot down. They were told absolutely not, but it's a month later and they are now 8.5 games back.. If the Yankees try for just him, I think Cashman can get something done. I've also heard David Dejesus name thrown out there and I wouldn't mind that at all either.