Monday, January 7, 2013

Trading Chris Dickerson

It's not an exciting question, but it's something...

Are the Yankees going to trade Chris Dickerson?

As we reported, Dickerson was designated for assignment last Friday, giving the team about a week to trade him before Chris is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. If you don't remember, Dickerson was DFA'd last spring, but cleared waivers so that he could be sent to AAA. This time, however, he'll be given the choice to become a free agent instead of accepting an assignment to AAA... which he'll surely take. And knowing what we know about Chris, and the fact that many teams are interested in adding an outfielder, he'll be signed to a MLB contract by somebody.

So instead of just letting him go, the Yankees can work out a trade instead. But don't expect a large haul, because the DFA thing is forcing the Yanks hand, so another team is not going to offer a whole lot. Not that the player the Yankees could get in return would be meaningless, because when the Yankees DFA'd Chase Wright  in 2009 they traded him for Eric Fryer, who they flipped for Eric Hinske at the trade deadline.

For news-starved fans such as myself this isn't huge, but it's something to look forward to.

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