Who’re the New York Yankees? We’re about to seek out out over the subsequent three weeks when the gamers on the sector both persuade the entrance workplace to purchase or power them to promote on the commerce deadline.
who else is in an identical predicament? The Chicago Cubs.
As soon as believed to be a reputable darkish horse contender to win the NL Central after an offseason that featured some wild commerce rumors after they shipped Yu Darvish to San Diego, the Cubbies have come crashing again all the way down to earth. This crew was 38-27 on June 13. They’re now 42-44 (insert new document on Saturday).
The Brewers are among the many greatest groups in MLB, the Cardinals are extra constructed to purchase than to promote no matter how they’re taking part in, and the Reds are a nice shock that might very effectively sneak in as a wild card if their offensive barrage continues.
Just like the Yankees, the Cubs have three weeks to select it up, but when we’re being sincere with ourselves, it was at all times a protracted shot for them to be patrons on the trade deadline. They didn’t work to actively get higher this previous offseason and it’s a foregone conclusion they’re shedding Kris Bryant this offseason.
So if Chicago decides to promote much more belongings, how do they match up with the Yankees if normal supervisor Brian Cashman decides to purchase and Hal Steinbrenner opts to blow previous the luxurious tax threshold?
These three Yankees-Cubs commerce could be good if Chicago decides to promote.
3. Kris Bryant to Yankees for Clint Frazier, Luis Gil and Anthony Volpe
Kris Bryant wouldn’t examine all of the containers for the Yankees, however he provides them a way more potent again and viable defensive choice in left discipline. If want be, he can play third base, too, which might assist supervisor Aaron Boone with flexibility and giving guys relaxation.
Sorry Cubs followers, however that is Bryant’s final 12 months in Chicago. You bought your second, although — the 2016 World Sequence was epic. Time to half with an asset earlier than shedding him for nothing!
That is probably the most unlikely of all of the proposed trades, nevertheless it’s not out of the query. Bryant’s a rental and the Yankees have lots to present. If he can reopen the crew’s World Sequence window in 2021, that’ll change every part and revitalize town. It’s not out of the query, both.
Why wouldn’t a package deal of Clint Frazier, No. 5 prospect Luis Gil and No. 11 prospect Anthony Volpe entice Jed Hoyer? Frazier, although downright unhealthy in 2021, may benefit from a change of surroundings. Past his vertigo prognosis, he has no place on this Yankees crew, particularly if he continues to battle on the massive stage. That’s a controllable outfielder for the Cubs to work with for a couple of years.
Moreover, the Cubs at all times want pitching. Gil simply hit Triple-A this 12 months and rose quick after dominating at Double-A. He might hit the majors subsequent 12 months. His fastball sits within the high-90s, which is paired with a “energy” breaking ball that’s described as a slurve. His changeup continues to enhance as effectively. He’s a starter proper now, and has been good in that position, however some scouts see him as a high-leverage reliever. Win-win, no?
As for Volpe, he might assist the Cubs within the occasion there’s a problem protecting Javy Baez in Chicago for the lengthy haul. There’s no one within the Cubs’ system prepared inside the subsequent couple of years to make the leap to MLB, and whereas Volpe’s timeline isn’t the most favorable, he’s tearing the quilt off the ball at Single-A and will get the bump to Double-A for the second half. Assuming all goes effectively there, you’re taking a look at Triple-A in 2022 sooner or later. He’s a fast-rising prospect the Yankees merely could not have room for.
Higher to get three gamers for Bryant than a awful draft choose, proper?