Winter Meetings Day 3: Keppinger and Chavez Off the Board, Reynolds,Schierholtz, Talking Trades

The final full day of the 2012 Winter Meetings is in full swing and the rumors are really heating up. These few days, as always, are the peak of the MLB offseason as baseball heads into the abyss until March. Obviously there will still be more signings and trades after the meetings are over, but the constant need to refresh MLB Trade Rumors and Twitter will be over after today. Yes, tomorrow is technically the final day of the meetings, but most team officials will skip town after the Rule V draft.

The biggest names thrown around today have been Justin Upton and Asdrubal Cabrera, in deals that could involve three or four teams. Seems like Texas wants Upton and Arizona wants Cabrera. MLB Trade Rumors, as always, does a great job consolidating the information and you can follow this potential blockbuster here and here. The thought of Upton heading to Texas is a scary thought and a great replacement of Josh Hamilton, whose market is still somewhat of a mystery. I’ve heard Ken Rosenthal speculate on MLB Network that the Yankees could be a sleeper for Hamilton, but I just don’t buy it. Seems like he hasn’t fully bought into the Yankees budget for 2014.

Let’s get to Yankees related news:

The Yanks have lost out on Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez. Keppinger will ink a deal with the White Sox for three years, while Chavez has agreed with Arizona. I wrote yesterday that a Chavez/Keppinger platoon would probably be the best fit, but that’s certainly out of question now. Brian Cashman and co. will have to look further, and I wouldn’t expect it to be Kevin Youkilis, who has reportedly received multi-year offers. No way the Yankees offer anything more than one-year. In light of today’s news, things may get serious with Mark Reynolds.Soon to be ex-Yankee Nick Swisher has spoken directly to two managers and four total teams, and it seems like the Indians are one of them. The Mariners have made it no secret they’re interested in an outfielder, whether it be Hamilton or Swisher.

One guy we haven’t met as a potential right field replacement is Nate Schierholtz, who was non-tendered by Philadelphia. The Yanks are the frontrunner for his services, per Buster Olney. MLBTR projected $1.6 million through arbitration, so he should be cheap on the open market. Kind of a surprising move by Philly to non-tender him, considering he’s very sound defensively in right field, and hits right handers well. The left-hand hitter has posted a 126 and 123 wRC+ vs. righties the past two seasons, and might fare well at Yankee Stadium with the short porch. The caveat: he cannot hit lefties, so he would have to be in a platoon. My question is: how much better is he than Chris Dickerson, if at all?

Perhaps the Yankees look for a solution on the trade market to third and right. Although ESPN’s Buster Olney terms it as “standard operating procedure”, trade proposals have been exchanged with some including Curtis Granderson.

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