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AJ for Clint Robinson would make sense

KC's Clint Robinson

AJ Burnett trade rumors are in no short supply.  We’ve heard Pittsburgh and Seattle as possible scenarios but Dan Martin of the NY Post brought up the Kansas City Royals today.  Martin says  “the Pirates and Royals among the teams most actively looking into acquiring Burnett.”

To me the Royals are an intriguing possible trade partner because they have what the Yankees are looking for in return – hitters, more to the point young hitters.  We know the Yanks sought lefty DH/OF Garrett Jones from Pittsburgh and were supposedly re-buffed, so who would make sense to get back in return from KC?

I wrote about the perfect fit Billy Butler would be a couple of weeks ago, but he would require much more than AJ (think Betances and more) and there is no way KC would part with their young lefty hitters, 1B Eric Hosmer or OF Alex Gordon.  However, the Royals have a player in AAA ready for the big leagues but is blocked by the aforementioned Butler, Hosmer & Gordon – his name is Clint Robinson.

Robinson, 26, is a 6’5″ 235 pound lefty hitting 1B/DH who has nothing more to prove in the minor leagues. In 2010, he won the AA Triple Crown with a .335-29-98 line that included a .410 OBP & .625 SLG. Promoted to AAA in 2011, he kept hitting, posting a .326-23-100 line with a .399/.533/.932 OPS.  He was drafted in the 25th round in 2007 and is not considered a big time prospect because of his draft position, relatively modest stats in A ball and lack of defensive skills.   But through hard work and back to back monster years, he’s ready for prime time. I should temper the expectations a little with the disclaimer that the numbers put up in 2011 were in the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.  However, the guy can obviously hit.

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Morning Bits: Prospects, 2012 Preview, Burrnett trade rumors, Cano, Cashman

Good morning all it’s Friday. 9 more day till pitchers and catchers have to report.

Let’s get right to the links…..

* In case you missed it yesterday Espn’s Keith Law came out with his top 100 prospects and four Yankees made the list click the link to see who and where they landed.

* Rotowire has The Yankee 2012 Preview.  This is filled with tons of information such as sleepers, projected lineup & rotation.  This article is worth the read.

* From The New York Post writer Dan Martin says the Yankees are gauging teams interest in AJ.  The article goes on saying they are having “conversations with several clubs.”

* Cano went against Denzel Washington in trivia on the Jay Leno Show The Daily News has the recap.

* The Daily News has all the latest on the Cashman mess.

* The Yankees want Garrett Jones for Burnett reports Yahoo’s Mark Miller.