From a Steve Goldman piece about Melky Cabrera:
Coming into the season, there was no reason to view Cabrera as much
more than a versatile outfield reserve, and given his 2008 performance,
perhaps not even that. Even after another hot April and a solid May, it
seemed likely that a cold snap would ensue. When it did, it was
impossible to tell if it was due to the Texas injury or just Cabrera
returning to form. It now appears that the injury was at least
partially to blame, and whatever Cabrera does for the rest of the
season, he's not heading back to the dark depths of post-April 2008.
He's even hitting left-handers, something he'd never done with any
consistency or authority before. That, more than anything else,
suggests real change.
If Cabrera maintains his current
.292/.355/.463 level of production, the Yankees have a very solid
center fielder on their hands. The average Major League center fielder
is batting .268/.337/.422. For once, the Yankees were patient with a
young player (far more patient than your host, for once) and it seems
to have paid off — and they had far less reason to be patient with
Cabrera than with a host of predecessors who quickly headed out of
town, Drabek, Buhner, et al. Let us hope the lesson sinks in — for
Indeed. The Yanks should trade him now that he's at his peak. By the way, who, according to Fangraphs, has been more valuable this season so far? Melky Cabrera or Jason Bay? Any guesses?