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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.

Yankees should trade Aroldis Chapman no matter what

The Yankees lately have gotten their act together for the most part and were able to win some ball games, including a five-game winning streak that included a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. During that time, Carlos Beltran was the best hitter and CC Sabathia pitched like it was 2009. 

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Although it looks like the Yankees may have figured some things out, they are still low in the standings and are one bad series away from being back in last place. The Yankees have also had underperforming players on their roster and with the Yankees on their fifth-string first baseman, it’s hard to see the Yankees being able to be serious contenders for the whole season.

Even if the Yankees are able to contend, they could still afford to trade away one of their big three relievers and still be able to win ball games and improve for 2017 and beyond. Out of the big three relievers, the Yankees should trade flamethrower Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has been solid since returning from his suspension, converting eleven saves and pitching to a 1.93 ERA in fifteen games. Chapman has also struck out twenty one batters in fourteen innings. Because of the off-the-field issues, the Yankees were able to acquire Chapman without giving up too much and with his suspension over, the Yankees should get a better return if they flip him to another team.

In the end, when the trade deadline comes rolling around the Yankees should trade the reliever who gets them the best return, but I think the Yankees should prioritize shopping Chapman around and see what he can fetch them.

Article by: Julian Bussells
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