Do the Yankees trade for an outfielder?

07/17/2012 11:22 AM ET
By staff

Would Shane Victorino represent a legit outfield upgrade for the Yankees?(AP)


Brett Gardner (elbow) may be lost for the season after suffering yet another setback during a simulated game. And while Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones have teamed up to do a remarkable job filling in as a left field platoon, the Yankees may seek an upgrade by the non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Davidoff presents a list of options headed by Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino. Another potentially available player is Twins OF Denard Span, a left-handed slap hitter and decent fielder not nearly as fast as Gardner, but under control through 2014.

Davidoff presents another option and that’s standing pat. Though there may be concerns about the Ibanez-Jones tandem’s stamina, such a platoon has eliminated the need for an everyday DH and has allowed Joe Girardi to rotate his veterans into the slot for a half-day off to keep them fresh for the stretch run.

Also consider the numbers:

Ibanez: .242-12-40, 56 hits, 27 runs scored, .463 SLG, .766 OPS

Victorino: .251-8-38, 87 hits, 36 runs scored, 19 stolen bases, .389 SLG, .705 OPS

Eight of Ibanez's 12 homers have come after the 6th inning, and as Jack Curry writes, he’s batting .421 after the count reaches 3-1, a testament to his intelligence as a hitter.

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