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Breaking: Monty to STL. Bader to NYY.

Bader is a great defensive center fielder. But, he's also currently on the IL. And the Yankees need starting pitchers...huh?


Ethan's Quick Thoughts:

  • Harrison Bader is a great center fielder...but he's hurt. Why is Cashman trading a legitimate asset for another injured player? (Flashbacks to Ben Rortvedt)

  • I respect that the Yankees are "going for it" but this is such a strange move to understand. The Yankees already have enough outfielders. Or do they?

  • This move firmly pushes Aaron Hicks into the 4th OF role going forward (once Giancarlo Stanton returns from injury). This also moves Judge back into the right-field role and will put Stanton in a platoon-role with Hicks for left field.

  • What does this do for the Yankees rotation? Who is in it going into the playoffs?

  • Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Frankie Montas, Jameson Taillon, ???

  • I guess they're going to trust that Domingo German is ready to start pitching like he was again?

  • Maybe they're ready for Luis Severino to come back strong from his IL stint?

  • Maybe Clarke Schmidt is going to be pushed into a starting role?

  • They also traded away Waldichuk (for Montas) so their top-starting pitching prospect in Triple-A is now also gone.

  • Maybe they have another JP Sears-like player who is ready to break out?

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