I was reading through the last chat on MLB Trade Rumors and one of the questioners actually had a pretty good idea. Why not have the Yankees solve their two biggest problems on offense and trade for David DeJesus and Billy Butler in the same trade?
I`ve advocated trading for DeJesus in the past. He`s not fantastic and ideally he`s not a centerfielder but he can hold the position down for a year before hopefully moving to left or right field when Jackson is ready. He`s cheap and a solid hitter. The Royals are willing to trade him as well.
The Royals have a surplus of first baseman, especially with their trade for Mike Jacobs. Butler is very young and cheap but was dissapointing for the Royals last year. He`s only going to get better and could be the long term answer that they`ve been searching for.
For DeJesus I advocated a package of Kennedy+ Aceves+Wright+Melky. They would need more in order to get Butler as well. Maybe by replacing Kennedy or Aceves with McAllister and replacing Melky with Gardner would get it done. McAllister+Aceves or Kennedy+Gardner+Wright? Is that fair?
I still might not be totally comfortable with Butler at first for 2009. Maybe it would be better to have him spend a year in AAA to wait for injury or hopefully 2010. I would still go after Dunn or Texiera if the price is right. However, they wouldn't be desperate enough to make a ridiculous offer. In 2010 Jackson and Butler could slip into the lineup, Jackson could move DeJesus to left or right to replace Nady or Damon and Butler could be the DH to replace Matsui.
This is just more random speculation but its an idea.