Monday, December 8, 2008
Cano to Dodgers for Kemp?
The latest of hot stove rumors is that the Dodgers are interested in one Mr. Robinson Cano and a Mr. Melky Cabrera. The idea is that the Dodgers, probably prompted by Torre, are interested in Cano and Melky, and would trade outfielder Matt Kemp for those two players. The Yankees could then go on to sign Orlando Hudson to play second base. I'm not sold on the idea. Matt Kemp had a good season last year and looks very promising, but last season was his first full season in the majors. Kemp batted .290 with 18 homeruns and 76 RBI's in 2008. Cano batted .271 with 14 homeruns and 72 RBI's, during the worst season of his career. Cano never takes a walk, but he only struck out 65 times in 597 at bats. Kemp struck out 153 times compared to his 46 walks. Kemp looks like he'll develop into a great player, but so does Cano, and it would be a shame to watch the Dodgers reap the benefits of all the work Cano is putting in this off season. I suppose that the combination of Kemp and Hudson would better our team even at the loss of Cano, but when you're thinking about needing two players to replace the one you have, it just doesn't seem worthwhile.