The New York Yankees are in desperate need of depth, especially in the outfield where injuries have hit the team hard, not only in the Major Leagues but also in the minors. The lack of depth forced the Yankees to take a chance on Fernando Martinez and could lead to a phone call from Brian Cashman to New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson regarding Collin Cowgill who was recently designated for assignment to make room for Eric Young, Jr.
Cowgill, 27, struggled with the Mets this season. He hit just .180/.206/.311 in 61 at-bats. He did manage to hit .269/.336/.317 in 104 at-bats with the Oakland Athletics last season. He is certainly no savior but he could provide much needed depth for the Yankees right now.
The Yankees’ Triple-A team has recently seen Ronnie Mustelier, Melky Mesa and Brennan Boesch go on the disabled list. To compound matters, the Yankees have promoted Zoilo Almonte and Thomas Neal to the big league club leaving the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with Cody Grice and Fernando Martinez as the only true outfielders on the roster. Grice was an emergency call-up and was playing in Single-A Tampa where he was hitting .196. Adding Cowgill would help alleviate the roster strain at Triple-A, if the Yankees and Mets can swing a deal.
The last time the Mets and Yankees swung a deal was December 3, 2004 when the Mets sent Mike Stanton to the Yankees for Felix Heredia. There is a chance that Cowgill could elect free agency and no trade would need to be made.
Brian Cashman has kept his eyes open for potential depth pieces and Cowgill could be the next in line to fill in for injured Yankees and RailRiders.