WHO TO GET? (Part 3)

WHO TO GET? (Part 3)

Many (most?) baseball experts, wanna-be experts, writers, commentators, podcasters, posters, and bloggers feel that the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher to enhance the club. There is this sense that the Yankees need an ace. I agree.

I also think that with the post-season seemingly within easy reach, the time is NOW for the Yankees to build the rotation that will allow them to dominate in the post season and bring home a championship.

But, this begs the question… WHO TO GET? Is there an ace pitcher that will be available before the end of July? If so, who?

In this exercise, I am not going to speculate on what the Yankees might need to give up to get an ace starting pitcher. Rather, I’m just interested in finding a would-be ace who is available. Or, rather, is an ace even available?

For this exercise, I’ll now look at the list of the Top-10 pitchers in 2019 in WHIP and quickly determine if that player might be able to be acquired via trade…

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WHO TO GET? (Part 1)

WHO TO GET? (Part 1)

Many (most?) baseball experts, wanna-be experts, writers, commentators, podcasters, posters, and bloggers feel that the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher to enhance the club. There is this sense that the Yankees need an ace. I agree.

I also think that with the post-season seemingly within easy reach, the time is NOW for the Yankees to build the rotation that will allow them to dominate in the post season and bring home a championship.

But, this begs the question… WHO TO GET? Is there an ace pitcher that will be available before the end of July? If so, who?

In this exercise, I am not going to speculate on what the Yankees might need to give up to get an ace starting pitcher. Rather, I’m just interested in finding a would-be ace who is available. Or, rather, is an ace even available?

For this exercise, I’ll first look at the list of the Top-10 pitchers in 2019 in ERA and quickly determine if that player might be able to be acquired via trade…

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Trading Torres for Scherzer: A Thought Experiment

Trading Torres for Scherzer: A Thought Experiment

Following the posting of yesterday’s Weekly Mailbag, a spirited discussion took place in the comments section regarding who the Yankees should shield in any trade talks for Max Scherzer.  In a short comment within the Mailbag, I expressed my opinion that Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres are the only players that I consider off-limits in trade discussions should Scherzer hit the market.  Longtime reader, Fuster, asked me to explain why I would not include Torres in talks for an ace like Scherzer.  While I answered the question in short-form in the comments section, I think that this topic is worth further discussion since the Yankees will be on the prowl for a top-end rotation arm to add to the roster via trade prior to the trade deadline in July.

Before I get into it, I want to make one thing clear: personally, I do not believe that Scherzer will hit the market this summer.  The Nationals still have a chance to come back in the NL East race, and this may be the last season of their window of contention.  Anthony Rendon is a Free Agent this offseason, Scherzer and Strasburg, as good as they are, are getting older, and there is not enough young talent in the National’s prospect pipeline to keep the team in contention without high-end veterans.  I just have a hard time believing that the Nationals will sell at the deadline unless they do something horrific like lose 15 of their next 20 games.  Could it happen?  Sure, which will make this article relevant.  If the Nats sell, it is going to take some serious offers to grab Scherzer.

There are valid reasons on both sides of the argument for and against building a trade offer around Gleyber Torres in pursuit of Max Scherzer.  If I were Brian Cashman, and I had a trade offer centered around Torres that I knew would be accepted by the Nationals, assuming money and prospects were agreed upon, I would be rendered an anxious, sleepless wreck.  But in the end, much as I really do believe that Scherzer is the best pitcher in baseball, I would not be willing to trade Torres in any deal for Max Scherzer.  Let’s dig into it.

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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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