Yankee fans with half a brain know that Gonzo is more important then a 4th OFer
Those of us with whole brains know that being able to rest Matsui, Damon and Abreu with a switchhitting player who can play all three OF positions while hitting .280 with speed and great defense is pretty damned important.
He batted .280 because he was starting every day, he was not a 4th OFer last year. If you think Melky is going to be as consistant as last year playing maybe 2 or 3 days a week, who is used to playing every single day, then you got another thing coming. Also if you look at Melky's last 10 games of the season it looks like pitchers were starting to find weaknesses in Melky. Trade the kid while he has value, he won't develop much sitting on the bench most of the week,
Melky is awesome, but if we get a set up man in return, you have to put the trade in consideration. I know that Cashman is trying to persuade the Pirates to take somebody(s) else. Melky and Gonzo is a good trade especially for a bullpen that needs as much arms as possible.
Our bullpen would be:
CP: Rivera SU: Proctor SU: Gonzalez (also as a lefty specialist, and a righty specialist, too.) MR/SU: Farnsworth MR: Bruney MR: Britton Lefty: Myers LR: Villone? (not signed yet.)
That could end up to be one of the best bullpens in the majors.
Are the Yankees willing to go to a 13 man pitching staff?
The question is not how much Melky can give us, but how much more he has to offer than Kevin Thompson or Bronson Sardinha. Given the 60 games he'd probably play, with Torre in charge and Giambi clogging up the DH spot...probably not that much.