A New York State of Mind
The Giants were *rumored* to have interest in Brett Gardner. It was irritating to listen to the KNBR morning show with the host (Murph) not even knowing who he was. How can you be the host of a major morning sports broadcast show and not know who all the players are? And we aren’t talking about some random journeyman or a brand new rookie. Gardner isn’t an all star but he’s 30 and entering his 7th major league season with the Yankees. Anyway, that was astounding.
I don’t expect the Giants to trade for Gardner or anyone with the Yankees because they don’t have what New York wants: major league ready talent. We have barely enough of that to fill out 8 spots in the line up and Sabean isn’t trading away any starting pitching. Romo? I guess, but that just creates another hole and Sabean doesn’t like to create holes in his major league roster.
Plus, I don’t think Gardner is worth Romo. Gardner would probably hit ok at ATT Park but I’ve always felt he’s a little overrated. He’s fast, sure. And that’s it. And as he eases into his 30’s you don’t get faster you get slower……
I’ve been an *Ichiro* guy for a while now. And he could be had for much less than Romo. But the Giants don’t like him because he’s 40. That is ridiculous. Ichiro will be able to hit until he’s 50. Especially at AT&T Park where he would bang doubles and triples one handed while eating a Sheboygan with the free hand. And I would posit that a 40 year old Ichiro would dwarf what a 30 year old White Shark would do every game of the week and twice on off days. Plus, it would send Blanco to his rightful spot on the bench.
Either way, neither guy will get acquired. I’m just trying to do my diligence and keep up with my *esteemed colleagues* at mlbtraderumors.com :)
What the hell, I’m in the mood for a poll: