The Tuesday Discussion: Yankees Trades…
This week we asked the writers:
Will the Yankees make a trade during the Winter Meetings?
If so, what will it be?
Let’s see how they responded:
Derek McAdam – Initially, I believed that the Yankees would go out and make a trade for Oakland A’s reliever Blake Treinen. Since Treinen was non-tendered by the A’s, the Yanks do not have to give up anything for the reliever. With this in mind, I do not see the Yankees making any sort of trade this offseason. Their minds are set on obtaining the services of Gerrit Cole and re-signing a couple of guys such as Brett Gardner (and maybe) Dellin Betances. However, I would not rule it out whatsoever.
Matthew Cohen – I think that the likelihood is lower than it would normally be. If they sign Gerrit Cole then they will not need to trade for another starter. They may actually look to trade one of their existing starters. If they do not sign Cole then they will consider trading for a starter. In any case they will need to hold their tradable assets in reserve in case they decide to go that route. As a result, it is less likely that they will make a major trade before Cole signs.
Ed Botti – From the school of wishful thinking! After the Dodgers and Indians Blockbuster trade sending Francisco Lindor and Corey Kluber to the Dodgers, the Yankees send J.A. Haap, Estevan Florial, Miguel Andújar and Albert Abreu to the Dodgers for Corey Seager, Dustin May, and Joc Pederson.
Paul Semendinger – I don’t believe the Yankees will make a move until after they sign Gerrit Cole. But, if I have to make up a trade, how’s this – the Yankees send Albert Abreu, Luis Cessa, and Clint Frazier to the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Santana.
Patrick Gunn – The Yankees have been a relatively active team at the Winter Meetings the past few years, from signing JA Happ last year to announcing the arrival of Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx. Such would say that the Yankees will be looking into making a deal this week, and I would agree. While most of his attention will be drawn towards signing Gerrit Cole, Brian Cashman once again will use this week to make a trade to restructure the Yankees’ roster. As such, the Bombers will trade away the pitcher they signed last year. Happ had a rough 2019, and Cashman will do everything in his power to release his contract from the Bronx so that the Yankees can focus on bringing in new blood. Happ will be sent to one of his former teams, the Phillies, because they are a team that needs pitching help and will be willing to take on his contract. The Yankees will either take on a cheap backup (Nick Williams), low tier prospect, or international signing bonus money for trading Happ. As mentioned earlier, Cashman’s focus during this week should be making the best possible offer for Gerrit Cole. However, that will not stop him from wheeling and dealing this week.