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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 have “touched base” with Mets’ 1B Lucas Duda

It has been no secret that the Yankees have had a disastrous time at first base this season. With the injury to Greg Bird, the Yankees have had over ten people try to man the position in 2017, and the production has been little to none as the Yankees rank in the lower third of the league in all first baseman offensive categories. The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in Marlins’ 1B Justin Bour, but according to Daniel Wexler, he was told by an MLB source that Lucas Duda could also be a possibility to man the corner.
Photo Credit: Lucas Duda

Duda is a left-handed power bat that has the potential to put up 30+ home runs, if he can stay healthy throughout a whole season. He will strikeout his fair share of time, but makes up for it with a solid walk rate. Duda is not having an All-Star caliber season, but nevertheless would be a major upgrade for the Yankees at first base. His OBP of .359 is solid, and he is slugging at a career best clip of .548. His contract does expire at the season’s end, and given his age, it is obvious that he is not a long-term fix at the position.

The Yankees and Mets have minimal history trading with each other, but Duda could be a quality stop-gap for the Yankees’ slumping position. The Mets have been rumored to have interest in Austin Romine and Tyler Austin, so the Yankees would probably have to give up a decent Major League ready player in exchange for Duda’s services. This is merely a rumor, but this could be an interesting storyline down the line.

Article by: Ryan Thoms



  1. Why should the Yanks give anything up? Mets are not going to resign him!

    1. Thats the biggest reason why the Mets are hoping they can trade him, so they get something for him rather than nothing

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