Possible Yankees’ trade targets

The Yankees’ offseason is off to a great start. The club’s main focus all along was to add Gerrit Cole, finally giving New York the true, dominant Ace, they have needed.  In the days following, the team was able to retain veteran outfielder Brett Gardner.  Now, the Yankees could look to the trade market to round out their roster and get set for 2020. Let’s take a look at who could be available and how they could fit in pinstripes.

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Josh Hader - If New York is unable to bring Dellin Betances back in 2020, they could look to fill his spot with a trade.  The 25-year old lefty Hader saved 37 games while posting a 2.62 ERA in 75.2 innings last season.  He also struck out 16.4 hitters per nine innings.  The biggest problem with Hader is his cost to acquire.  He has four more years of club control before becoming a free agent in 2024 and is considered a top-five reliever in baseball.  Although this trade will hurt in terms of prospects, it would further deepen perhaps the best bullpen in baseball already.
Proposal: Deivi Garcia, Clint Frazier, Thairo Estrada, Michael Yajure

Brad Hand - Similar to Hader, Brad Hand could be someone the Yankees add to the bullpen along with their other top relievers.  Hand pitched to a 3.30 ERA last season with Cleveland, striking out 13.2 per nine innings.  He has the ability to be even better than that, pitching to a 2.75 ERA in 2018.  Hand likely would cost less in terms of prospects compared to Hader, because he only has two years left under contract, for a total of $17 million.  The Indians have shown a willingness to trade their top talent recently, moving Trevor Bauer in July and Corey Kluber to Texas last week, so it is not crazy to think they will listen to offers for Hand.
Proposal: Albert Abreu, Nick Nelson

Kyle Schwarber - It seems like the Yankees have interest in trading for Schwarber every offseason, and it is easy to see why.  Now, for probably the first time, it seems like the Cubs may actually be interested in moving him.  Schwarber's powerful lefty swing could be very dangerous in Yankee Stadium, however, his fit on the roster would be a bit unclear.  He could fill the powerful left-handed bat hole and serve as an insurance policy if Stanton cannot stay healthy in 2020.  If Stanton is able to stay on the field, however, Schwarber would be forced to DH primarily, or perhaps take some time at first base - something he has never done in his MLB career to date.  In 2019, Schwarber slashed .250/.339./.531 while slugging 38 homers with a wRC+ of 120.  Schwarber was better than advertised in left field last season, improving to be a league average outfielder.  Schwarber has two years of club control remaining before becoming a free agent in 2022, but is projected to earn $8 million in arbitration this season.
Proposal: Estevan Florial, Albert Abreu, Michael King

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James McCann - The Yankees may just go with Kyle Higashioka to replace Austin Romine as the backup catcher, but if they choose to look elsewhere, James McCann could be an option.  McCann would be a very high quality backup, considering he went to the All-Star game last season, but that would be a good thing since Gary Sanchez has a history of injuries and inconsistency.  McCann slashed .273/.328/.460 last season.  The White Sox may be interested in moving him after signing Yasmani Grandal to a four year, $73 million contract.  Chicago also has Zack Collins - who is one of their top prospects and reached the majors in 2019 - making McCann even more expendable.  McCann has one year remaining on his contract, worth $5,400,000, which is probably more than the Yankees are looking to spend on a backup catcher, so New York would have to receive some cash to make this deal work.
Proposal: Chance Adams, Kyle Holder

Article by: Mark Ciano


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