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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Welcome Home Robinson Cano?

About a week ago or more Yankees YES Network broadcaster Michael Kay was discussing a trade that would have Robinson Cano landing back in the Bronx. He suggested that the Yankees and Mariners swap outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for Cano. Crazy right? Not as much as you might think?

However, it would be highly unlikely that this proposal take place. The deal proposed by Michael Kay (I take no credit for this proposal) was said to include the Yankees getting Cano back in their lineup, Jacoby joins the Mariners and the Mariners would pay the final two years of Cano’s enormous contract. If you’re a Yankee fan, that probably sounds really good. Imagine having Cano right in the middle of the line up with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Brian McCann. Of course the contracts aren’t completely identical as Ellsbury’s contract is a 7-year, $153 million deal and Cano’s is a 10-year $240 million deal. This deal makes even more sense than you think though.

If you think about the types of players these guys are, they both may be playing in the wrong ball parks. As a speedy guy, Jacoby Ellsbury would do really well hitting triples and doubles and getting himself in scoring position for his teammates. In the field, Ellsbury would be able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield of spacious Safeco Field. On the other hand, Cano’s power bat would be well served back in Yankee Stadium. Cano’s home run totals have been down because he has been playing in a bigger ball park, but if you put him back in Yankee stadium there would no doubt be an increase in his home run totals.

This trade to most people probably sounds ridiculous, but it would have great value to both teams. There are probably some Yankees fans out there who can’t stand Cano because of his lack of hustle or his lackadaisical play, but Yankee fans can’t deny one thing: the guy is talented. Robinson Cano back to the Yankees is certainly a pipe dream if even a thought at all, but putting Robbie Cano back in pinstripes would be a dream I feel most Yankee fans could not get enough of.

Article by: Joe’l Cruz
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