Cary Greene, Yankees GM (If I Ran The Yankees, Part 2)
Now It’s My Turn
by Cary Greene
November 23, 2021
Many fun articles come out this time of year as writers enjoy the offseason and dream about baseball and their favorite teams. I’ve never put my mind to the task of creating an overall plan but, after reading many of the SSTN articles, I think I’ll take a crack at it.
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Realizing starting pitching is at a premium, I now put Jameson Taillon on the market and find many interested suitors. The Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants emerge as the two teams I prefer to partner with, though the Red Sox, the Rays, the Blue Jays and the Orioles are all desperate for starting pitching.
I pledged to pay attention to the farm system so I package Taillon with what the Nationals would find attractive, a catching prospect and a toosly, almost ready outfielder and I make my proposal. Keep in mind, the Nats are desperate for a starter. Simultaneously, I dangle Taillon to the Giants and I target a highly rated, young, left-handed arm who just may rise to the big leagues ahead of schedule. If the Giants bite, we go with them. If not, we fall back to the Nationals and get a deal done.
Yankees Get: SH-3B Yasel Antuna, High-A, LH-SP Matt Cronin, Double-A and R-H SP Cole Henry, Double-
Nationals Get: L-H CF Estevan Florial, Triple A, R-H SP Jameson Taillon, -$4.7 million, S-H C Andy Seigler – Double-A
Yankees Get: L-H SP Kyle Harrison, High-A
Giants Get: R-H SP Jameson Taillon, S-H 2B Oswaldo Cabrera, Triple-A
My next move is to trade with the Kansas City Royals and the Royals are desperate for a blue chip shortstop prospect. I happen to have one and his name is Oswald Peraza. I’m also going to spend a bit at the team’s most important position – Catcher. I don’t believe the Yankees can win a World Series championship with Gary Sanchez handling a talented rotation. He makes each pitcher worse, not better. I’m ending the Sanchez era and moving forward. I want to win it all.
Installing the 31 year-old Salvador Perez to handle my world-class pitching staff that I’m assembling is the single most crucial part of my offseason plan. I also want to ensure I have a left-hand hitting first baseman in the pipeline I believe in, no offense to Single-A prospect T.J Rumfield, who Brian Cashman just traded for. A little internal competition is always a good thing. I’ve also added a good defensive outfielder who has good batsmanship skills in this deal.
Yankees Get: RH-C Salvador Perez, +$18 million for 2022 and $75.5 through 2026, LH-OF Andrew Benintendi, +$9.3 million for 2022, LH-1B Nick Pratto Double-A
Royals Get: RH-SS Oswald Peraza, Triple-A, RH-C Gary Sanchez, -$7.9 million, RH-1B Luke Voit, – $5.4 million
There is more to come…