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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 Rumors: The Yankees may have interest in Padres’ lefty Brad Hand

It has been reported that Padres’ David Post, the special assistant to the general manager A.J. Preller, has been scouting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ AAA team. The idea around the baseball industry is that this is because the Yankees have interest in trading for the Friars’ All-Star left handed reliever Brad Hand.

Photo via Charlie Neuman of the San Diego Union-Tribune

First of all, of course the Yankees have interest in Hand. He’s been one of the better relievers in baseball this year, and the Yankees could use a reliever or five to help fix their bullpen which, as most readers will know, has been an absolute train wreck the past month or so. Hand so far has a 2.30 ERA in 42 appearances this year, to go with an 11.49 K/BB, 2.49 BB/9, and a 48.6% ground ball rate. He also has the ability to neutralize hitters from both sides of the plate, with lefties hitting just .192/.300/.365 against him and righties hitting just .203/.262/.293. He would be a perfect upgrade to the Yankee bullpen, which has two lefties (not including the closer Chapman) in Tyler Webb and Chasen Shreve, but neither has proved to be that trustworthy. Hand might be the piece the Yankees need to stabilize the bullpen.

As for a trade, Hand won’t come cheap. He won’t cost any top prospects such as Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, but he should fetch a decent haul. The Yankees may pass on Hand because of this, especially since they have shown that they are unwilling to trade any of their prospects. Other teams that are in win-now mode might offer a better package to the Padres, which the Yankees might not want to match. Either way though, Hand would be a good fit for the team.

Article by: Alex Weir