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December 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm ET
Melvin’s Vision Once Clear, Now Melky

Amid struggles, Cabrera looks like he has the makings to be OK. But I think not having the makings of money, makes him most appealing to Milwaukee.A day after bidding an official adieu to CC Sabathia, the Brewers are close to saying goodbye to Mike Cameron too. The Brewers and Yankees are reportedly close to a deal that will send the veteran gold-glover to the Bronx, and will net Milwaukee 24-year-old centerfielder Melky Cabrera and possibly pitching.

I’m not sure how to feel about this with the pitcher unnamed (and unofficially added) but from a financial standpoint, this makes a lot of sense. Cabrera has a significantly lower salary (made $462,100 last season), and Cameron’s $10 M club option was just picked up last month. That $9 plus million savings on its own accounts for the loss in production, IF (and only if) the money saved is put elsewhere this season. By elsewhere, I mean pitching.

It’s been said that Milwaukee may request a pitcher form the Yanks before finalizing a deal. And since almost every report seems to state Milwaukee would have to pay some of Cameron’s 2009 salary if they’re given a pitcher, I can pretty much assume it’s a young, highly-regarded pitcher with next to no salary and years of team control.

And since it seems as if New York no longer has use for either Phillip Hughes or Ian Kennedy, one of them could be the lucky culprit to be a Brewer-to-be.

If Milwaukee throws in, say, $2M of Cameron’s salary and lands one of Hughes or Kennedy (I’m kind of partial to Kennedy), I would immediately leap off the metaphorical fence I’m standing upon and back into Doug Melvin’s arms. There, moustache rubs would follow. I’d love the deal then.

I mean, think of it this way, if Milwaukee would give up one year of Cameron and land six to eight combined seasons (all at less than the $10M Cameron is owed) of Kennedy and Cabrera. Neither is proven (and what Melky has proved to date, if anything, is he’s not a very good baseball player) and both are cheap. Plus money would be on the shelf to use for a last free agent piece this season, or pay a veteran’s salary if traded for.

On his own, Cabrera isn’t worth it. If an upside pitcher will accompany him, or the money saved will go directly to fill a need this season, then I’m fine with it. But if we’re selling off starters to save money for some unprofessed rainy day, then this is a disappointing day.

Melvin can confuse me sometimes, but he usually has a good reason for doing what he does, when he does and why. In Doug I trust. I guess I’ll see if that track record is continued as the details of this trade cement.

Update: Talks have stalled, and the deal is far from done. Apparently NY was offering only Melky AND wanted Milwaukee to pick up some of Cameron’s salary too! As far as pitching offers go, the Brewers were apparently offered the “services” of Kei MF Igawa (and the $12M price tag that accompanies him) to complete the deal. Whoa, thanks!!!

It sounds like the Yankees are just trying to jerk Milwaukee around. Does this deal even get done now? With the chips sitting as they presently are, I hope it doesn’t. New York either has to give up more, or expect less.

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5 Responses to “Melvin’s Vision Once Clear, Now Melky”
  1. Luke says:

    Haha, Phil Hughes for Mike Cameron? Good luck with that. You can’t even get Ian Kennedy, maybe if Cameron changed his name to Rick Ankiel.

  2. matt says:

    what are you stupid? are we talking about the same mike cameron? the guy that almost NOBODY wanted last year in FA? that idiot is going to net you melky AND hughes/kennedy? HAHAHAHAHAHA. Wow. That made my day.

  3. tyler says:

    Yes, we are talking about the same Mike Cameron who hit 25 HR, drove in 70 and stole 17 bases and saved more runs than any FA centerfielder – all during just 120 games last season – PLUS some of his $10 M salary in return for a platooning OF who’s hadly done anything at the Major League level and a pitcher with upside that New York has no room for and has shown isn’t in their short-term plans.

    I’m glad your day was made.

  4. glenn says:

    I think Cameron and 3-5 MM would probably be about right for Melky and Kennedy. MC and 2 MM would probably be worth Hughes. Sounds like NY is trying to play games.

    Ignore the Skank fans, they have no room to talk until their team proves it can handle Tampa.

  5. coops2001 says:

    Acutally, the Yankees had a winning record against the Rays this year (.611 if I’m not mistaken).

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