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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, Athletics discussing Yonder Alonso trade

Per MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Yankees have heated up their talks with the Oakland Athletics over first baseman Yonder Alonso.  It was first reported yesterday that the Athletics had sent scouts to single-A Charleston to view Blake Rutherford, Estevan FlorialHoy Jun Park and Freicer Perez, and today it seems that talks are progressing, although nothing is imminent at this time. The Yankees have also previously expressed interest in other lefty first basemen, namely, Lucas Duda of the Mets, Justin Bour of the Marlins and Matt Adams of the Braves. 
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Alonso is having a breakout season for the Athletics (.268/.366/.555 with 21 home runs) and seemingly fits the Yankees present and future plans perfectly.  As a pending free agent at season's end, Alonso can walk and the Yankees can allow Greg Bird to reclaim the starting first base spot once he returns from his potentially season ending ankle surgery.  Youngster Garrett Cooper has looked good of late at first base, but bringing in Alonso would allow the Yankees to deploy a strong platoon at first base, with Alonso getting the lion's share of the work against right-hand pitchers while Cooper would start against lefties. 

Ideally, the Yankees would not part with one of their blue chip prospects unless this trade were to expand to also include A's ace Sonny Gray. With Alonso in the midst of a slump – 20 for his last 103 (.194) with just five home runs and eight runs batted in over his last 30 games - and set to be a free agent at season's end, he should not cost the Yankees a top prospect.  

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Article by: Andrew Natalizio