There have been times when I’ve doubted that either Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner are actually major league caliber players, but both have shown flashes of potential this season and have formed a pretty effective platoon. Gardner is now hitting over .300 with an OBP over .370 and if he can keep those numbers around there, he absolutely has to keep playing. In general I think speed can be a little overrated, but Gardner really is a weapon if he gets on base. In retrospect, the Yankees made the right call by not trading for Mike Cameron before the season, as allowing these two cost-controlled young players develop has given the Yankees two more assets. Young players have become the most valuable commodity in baseball, but the Yankees win-now mantra has made developing them difficult. Right now though, with Gardner, Melky, Joba, Hughes, etc all getting important playing time, the Yankees have a good deal of talent that they are not paying market value for.
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