A Blockbuster Trade Idea

A Blockbuster Trade Idea

Following a conversation that took place on the blog yesterday, I think it is worth exploring a trade idea that I find really intriguing (hat tip to reader/commenter, Fuster, for the inspiration for this article). The markets for the big free agents are becoming more defined. It seems like it is a three-way race between the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox to pick up Manny Machado, while the Dodgers seem hell-bent on clearing salary and outfield bodies to make signing Bryce Harper a possibility. Obviously, only one team will be able to sign one (or both!) of these players. Teams left holding their giant bags of money will be left to look elsewhere to fill out their rosters. While there is a scenario where some teams sit idly by and fill needs internally, I think the off-season has shown that teams are open for business with regards to making some big moves on the trade market. I am getting really into the idea of the blind player comparison, so let’s check out two players below:

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We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

Multiple outlets reported yesterday that the Yankees were the middleman in a rumored three-team trade that would have seen Noah Syndergaard in pinstripes, while JT Realmuto would have landed in Queens. In order to facilitate a trade of that magnitude, a high-end young Yankee, most probably Miguel Andujar, would have been dealt. While a player like Miguel Andujar should be available if the right deal presents itself (if you haven’t read it yet, check out our own Matthew Cohen’s analysis of Andujar’s value), I think it’s fair to say that the threshold for trading Andujar should be very high. Reports today suggest that the aforementioned three-team deal is fizzling, but that does not mean that the Yankees should table discussions that involve the Mets.

I personally feel that a deal centered around Miguel Andujar is a a little rich for a pitcher as volatile from a health perspective as Noah Syndergaard. That said, the fact that these discussions have become so public indicates that Mets’ ownership may finally be willing to swing a deal with the Yankees. If that is the case, I think the Yankees should set their sights on a lower-cost alternative: Zack Wheeler.

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If I Were The GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Whole Series

The following is the entire “If I Were The GM; Looking Ahead to 2019” series. This is how I would build the 2019 Yankees…

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Manager

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Left Field

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Third Base

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Shortstop & Second Base

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - Starting Pitching

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Catcher

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Bullpen

If I Were the GM: Looking Ahead to 2019 - The Rest of the Roster

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MGR - Aaron Boone

SP - James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Patrick Corbin, C.C. Sabathia

RP - Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Yusei Kikuchi, Jonathan Loaisiga, a free-agent left hander to be determined, and a host of pitchers on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Shuttle

C - Gary Sanchez

1B - Luke Voit

2B - Scooter Gennett

SS - Gleyber Torres

3B - Miguel Andujar

LF - Bryce Harper

CF - Aaron Hicks

RF - Aaron Judge

DH - Giancarlo Stanton

BENCH - Brett Gardner, Tyler Wade, Brian McCann (Update - It looks like McCann will sign with the Braves. My next choice here would be Robinson Chirinos as I think he can be acquired at a reasonable price. This could allow David Robertson to be brought in to solidify the bullpen even further.)