The Yankees got off to a red hot start that moved them into 1st place and has kept them afloat while they have started to slide in the last 2 weeks. In the last week Brian Cashman has made a frenzy of moves to try to jumpstart their line-up, which culminated in the Yankees 8th prospect, MLB’s 98th ranked prospect, rupturing the patellar tendon in his knee, ultimately placing him on the disabled list for the rest of this year. However, here are some moves that Cashman can make to try and right the ship and bring the Yankees back to the Playoffs.
Trade C Austin Romine and P Luis Cessa to the Mets for 1B Lucas Duda
The Mets have been looking for a catcher that can hit and field, since Paul Lo Duca was filling in half the battery. If you were looking at stats alone you would think I’m crazy for saying Austin Romine is a good offensive catcher, but for the month of April while Gary Sanchez was hurt he hit .314 with 2 HR and 10 RBI, while also being a reliable presence behind the plate. Luis Cessa would not only be a nice addend for the Mets, but he also started with them before being part of the Cespedes trade. He was then dealt to the Yankees, as he proved to hold some valuable for a spot start as well as a long man out of the bullpen. For the Yankees this deal makes all the sense in the world as they rank dead last in most positive first baseman categories. Their young players Tyler Austin and Greg Bird are going to be sidelined for at least another month, so the power hitting lefty in Duda would be a perfect fit for the Yankees.
Trade Of Brett Gardner to the Cubs for RP Carl Edwards Jr.
Now, this may seem like an odd deal for the Yankees, but bear with me. The Yankees bullpen is starting to become over worked and it is taking its effect on guys like Tyler Clippard and Jonathon Holder, who were solid in the beginning of the year, but have started to fall apart. So, trading for a young reliever, who has proven to be reliable in big situations (the whole 2016 playoffs), would be the right call. Now trading Brett Gardner will be looked at as difficult as most fans love Gardy because he has been on the team for 10 years and has never done anything to be put in a bad light. However, 2018 is the last year of his deal and with all the outfield prospects the Yankees have, it wouldn’t be wise to sign him back. Therefore, trading him to the Cubs, and giving them the table setter they have been looking for all year, essentially gives the Yankees a way to shore up their bullpen and call up highly touted prospect Clint Frazier.
Sign RP Jonathan Papelbon
For most of his career Papelbon was the biggest thorn in the side of Yankee fans. He is coming off the worst year of his career and he is already 36, but the year before last he was an all-star and was stellar before being traded to the Nationals, where it seemed like he never fit in, which ruined his confidence. This would be a cheap way to strengthen up some of the later innings without having to give up anyone.
While none of these moves may look like blockbusters, if at least one or two of them are made they could help the Yankees get back on track and maybe even enable them to make a run in the playoffs.