Ever since Alex Rodriguez decided (not sure how much deciding he did as much as he was just told what to do by Scott Boras) to opt out of his deal, the baseball world has been buzzing on where he might go next and who the Yankees would get to replace him at the hot corner. I will get into the A Rod situation later, but for now, I'd like to throw out a possible replacement for him and see what you have to think.
So far, I've been hearing names like Joe Crede, Miguel Cabrera, or possibly even Miguel Tejada. The idea of moving Cano to 3B has also come up, but from all reports, he isn't exactly thrilled about the possibility of switching positions. Here's one name that isn't being discussed much...Chad Tracy.
Tracy played in a very respectable 442 games from 2004-2006 in which he hit .285, .308, and .281, respectively. Then in 2007, the injury bug hit and Tracy was reduced to playing in only 76 games and hitting .264. I believe it was just a fluke and that a healthy Tracy will surely return to hitting in the .280's. Unfortunately for him, the Diamondbacks had a very respectable player waiting in the wings by the name of Mark Reynolds. In 111 games, Reynolds hit .279 with 17 HR and 62 RBI. He's only 24 and common sense would tell us he will probably only get better as time goes on. All of this, as I'm sure you've already surmised, means that the DBacks have a surplus of capable 3B.
So how about this deal, Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks for Chad Tracy?
I think the Yankees can use Tracy's injury and Arizona's surplus to their advantage and get them to take Kennedy for Tracy, straight up. And this isn't taking anything away from Kennedy. In 3 games, he pitched to the tune of 19 IP, a 1.89 ERA, 15 K's, 9 BB, and he gave up only 13 hits. All signs point to a bright future for him.
I think the idea of the Yankees acquiring a very capable 3B and the Diamondbacks acquiring a player who pitches like a young Mike Mussina is a no brainer. The Yankees would not be tearing apart their farm system and they would be filling a huge hole left by the storm that is Alex Rodriguez. The Diamondbacks would be dealing from a position of depth and they'd be getting a very talented, possible future #2 starter. This deal makes sense for both clubs.