Friday, March 17, 2017

Exploring the Trade Market for Rob Refsnyder


The New York Yankees have reportedly made one of their own available in trades if the right offer were to present itself. That player is Robert Refsnyder and as much as the fan in me doesn’t want to write this I want to explore the possible trade market and landing spots if and when Refsnyder actually is traded this spring. You know, so I can pre-order one of his jerseys in that team’s colors.

Refsnyder on paper knows a lot of positions including corner outfield, second base, third base and has even dabbled at the first base position but the problem for the now 26-year old is that he is seemingly blocked at every one of those positions going forward which explains why the Yankees organization would rather trade him now rather than have him toil in the minor league system. With that position skill set you would have to think a ton of teams could use him off their bench including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers need backups for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and second baseman Justin Turner while the Giants need a left fielder in the worst way right now. Refsnyder could start every day in San Francisco and get the consistent at-bats necessary to become that near .300 hitter again that he was in the minor leagues as an everyday player. In either deal the Yankees would want pitching back in the deal for Refsnyder and may have to include another player, more on that later, to facilitate a deal. Travis Wood may be an option from Los Angeles and someone like Ty Blach from San Francisco may be intriguing to the Yankees.


Everyone bone in my body tells me that Refsnyder will be traded before Opening Day though so stay tuned to see if it will be to one of these two teams I mentioned above. 

7 comments:

  1. Logan Forsythe will be upset that you gave the Dodgers starting second base job to Justin Turner! I think Refsnyder would be a better fit with the Giants than the Dodgers. Chase Utley provides great leadership off the bench, and the Dodgers already have too many outfielders. Most likely, Trayce Thompson won't even be able to crack the Opening Day roster.

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  2. Me thinks, you are not alone in the "I like Refsy" fan club, Daniel! His only sin is being a very good all around ballplayer but, not an exceptional player.
    As sad as I am to see him go...he has to go somewhere he can play every day.
    Good Luck, "Refsy" most of us have seen this type of trade before and have seen the player come back and hurt us at the wrong time. The big thing is he will be able to play!

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  3. I hate the idea of trading Refsnyder. If I was Cashman, I would admit my mistake, DFA Carter, and keep Refsnyder. Bird does not need a platoon partner at first base. But if he does need a day off, Refsnyder is a better defender than Carter. He can also give Castro, Gardner, Judge, and even Headley a day off.

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  4. You are right Jeff except we have two utility players that are better defenders but less with the bat. Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are better with the glove...not a lot! Refsy has a better bat and power but give him time to work with a good coach and he could improve with his glove.

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    1. Wade is 3 years younger, and starting to see power now. Unfortunately, refs was given a good # of at bats this year, showed very little power. But refs would not outperform Castro, despite how much of a hacker he is.

      2015 yes, there was no reason to go with Drew. 2016, refs didn't display a single reason why he should be playing. That's exactly when he needed to rise to the occasion.

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  5. Reed are you kidding me? Cashman has a hard on for Refsynder and for whatever reason doesn't give this kid a shot. No reason to sign Carter and Levin is right about the versatility of RR

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    1. KH I only pointed out both of RT and TW are better with the glove. RR is the better hitter!
      Hell, we all know Cashman has something against Refsy...maybe!

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