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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 acquire catcher Erik Kratz from Indians

The Yankees struck a deal just before the August 31 waiver trade deadline after they acquired Erik Kratz from the Indians for cash considerations. The trade is in response to the Yankees preparing for a few games without Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine due to the brawl in Detroit.
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Initially, Sanchez was to be suspended four-games for his sucker punch on Miguel Cabrera during the altercation. Romine was suspended for two-games essentially for defending himself, and both have elected to appeal.

Romine could get out of his suspension, but it is unlikely Sanchez is not kept out for a few games. The trade is necessary because Kyle Higashioka is currently on the DL in AAA, and he is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster.

Kratz, 37, is hitting .270/.359/.472 (132 wRC+) with 13 homers in 326 Triple-A plate appearances. He is a career .200 hitter with 24 homers in 225 career MLB games, so he will be nothing more than a filler for a few games in the event that the team is without Sanchez and Romine. For now, he will likely head to Triple-A Scranton.

Article by: Chad Raines

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