Ken Rosenthal writes:
The Yankees are showing serious interest in Cameron, major-league
sources say, figuring that they could trade center fielder Melky
Cabrera even if they do not send him to the Twins for left-hander Johan
Way back when, I advocated getting Cameron in the case that Melky was traded away in the Johan deal. I liked him as an option because I figured he’d be a relatively cheap alternative considering the market for centerfielders (Hunter, Rowand, Andruw). At the right price, I like this move. While I like the idea of Melky and I like his name, I have never been a believer in my heart. The reasons are mainly aesthetic. I tend to not like stocky players. Their games seem less graceful and fluid. Also, I can’t get past the idea that Melky, when he bats from the right side, looks a lot like Luis Sojo. My guess is that Cameron would be an upgrade over what Melky would give the Yanks for the next two seasons. And by the end of that time, Austin Jackson could be ready to take over full-time.
By the way, another consequence of this signing could be a trade of Hideki Matsui. The Yanks were willing to deal him earlier this off-season. Cashman and company might think that Melky is a better fourth outfielder option because of his defense and salary. And Matsui might be able to yield a decent middle-reliever and prospects in a trade. Add that Cashman might like to shed his salary, and Godzilla, not Melky, might be the one on the way out.