December 11, 2023:
December 10, 2023
News is out that the Yankees are helping the Dodgers free up some 40-Man roster space. No, this is not for Ohtani, Betts, or Freeman.
Who is Coming to the Bronx?
I have no idea yet, however, this is a smart move for the Yankees to make as it appears (from Sherman) that another spot start-type pitcher could be coming to the Bronx.
This trade is coming on the heels of the Dodgers signing Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly- of which neither signing has been officially announced- from which they need to clear 2 spaces on their 40-man roster.
After the Yankees just departed their 6th and 7th starters in Jhony Brito and Randy Vasquez, this is a area where the Yankees can make improvements to try and fix some holes. And, given how the Yankees have many 40-Man roster holes from the recent trades for Soto and Verdugo, this is is likely a smart move to make.
Outside of the little news out so far, the package back is unknown. My only hope is that the players the Yankees are bringing back have minor-league options.
When the players in this deal are announced, I will update later with my thoughts.
A little thought experiment/hope: Ryan Yarbrough does fit the "back end pitcher" role and Michael Busch does fit the "prospect on the 40-Man" role. Both would be VERY exciting to bring to the Bronx.