Wednesday, December 11, 2013
USA Today: Yankees Targeting Justin Masterson
The #Yankees would like to grab #indians Masterson in a 3-team trade involving CF Gardner if they can pull it off
He notes that it has to be a three-team deal since the Indians don’t have a need for Gardner at the moment (their outfield is pretty crowded already).
This would be a fair trade for Gardner. One year left before free agency for Gardner and one year left before free agency for Masterson.
Masterson has put up WARs of 4.1, 0.3 and 3.4 in the last three years. He is a really innings eater and as a ground ball pitcher he would do well in Yankees Stadium.
My faith in the Yankees’ opinion of what Gardner is worth is feeling better at the moment. Of course, since a third team has to be involved, who knows if the Yankees will end up having to try to throw more into the pot (also, do note that multiple-team deals are difficult to put together in the first place, so this might never actually come together).