The newest Yuni rumor
Baker tosses out another Betancourt trade rumor, this time tying him to San Diego and throwing the names Chase Headley and Matt Antonelli out as potential returns.
I’ll just state flat out that there’s no chance – zero, zilch, none – that the Padres would trade Headley for Betancourt. That’s not happening.
Antonelli for Betancourt isn’t out of the realm of possibility, though. It’s at least feasible, assuming the Padres actually would be willing to give up something for Yuni. They’re a statistically oriented front office, so they’re well aware of his UZR, I’m sure. It’s hard for me to imagine that a team that employs Paul DePodesta would be trying to acquire Yuni, but perhaps he’s just getting overruled on this one.
As for Antonelli, he’s a third baseman trying to play second base, and not doing it very well. He’s a patient right-handed bat with gap power who had a miserable year in Triple-A last year and is off to a terrible start this year as well, suffering a leg injury in spring training that cost him the first month of the season and failing to hit in the last couple of weeks since he came off the DL. He’s the kind of player the M’s could use in their system, though – draws walks and plays the infield, but unfortunately, he’s right-handed. He’s a much better fit defensively at third than second, however, where his ability to turn the double play is highly questionable.
He’s a lower upside guy who could use another few months in Triple-A, but he’d be a pretty decent return for Yuni. Would the Padres make that deal? I doubt it, but you never know. Unlike with Chase Headley, it’s not totally ridiculous.