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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.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees expected to be in the market for Braves’ Matt Adams

About a week ago, FanRag writer Jon Heyman speculated that the Yankees could be in the market to acquire current Braves first baseman Matt Adams. In his article, Heyman discussed a trade proposal that would send Adams to the Bronx, and right handed pitching prospects Domingo Acevedo and Drew Finley to Atlanta.

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As of right now, Adams, 28, is in the midst of a career resurgence. He was always thought of as the odd man out while with the Cardinals, but the change of scenery upon his trade to the Braves has done him well. Overall, Adams is slashing .292/.339/.608 to go with 13 homers in 171 at bats with his new club. That is definitely the kind of production the Yankees could use in a position that has mostly been a black hole this year, and Adams would fare well in Yankee Stadium, due to the short porch and his left handed swing.

However, it should be noted that Adams’ hot streak may be misleading. His career high in homers is just 17, in 2013, and while his power may be legitimate (he is just 28 after all), it also may be a fluke. Adams has really never been a full time player in his career, so the Yankees should be weary of this.

As for the trade proposal, I have a hard time believing the Yankees would give up Acevedo in a deal for Adams. He was ranked as the organizations #14 prospect to begin the season, and has climbed from High-A to AAA in just half a season due to his dominance. He has the potential to be a top 10 organizational prospect, and even though Adams has another season of control, I don’t see the Yankees trading Acevedo for a player who has as uneven a track record as Adams does.

Article by: Alex Weir