I know. This may sound a little strange and may not make a lot of sense. But give me a minute to make my case.
As of right now the Yankees roster, including their rather anemic offense and questionable starting pitching, is not a top notch team. The Yankees do have some pieces to trade and/or release and if that were to happen, they could actually be a better ball club August 1st than they are right now.
The biggest discussion regarding the Bombers over the past few months has been whether they decide to sell or not. Most believe they should but it’s been reported Randy Levine and Hal Steinbrenner aren’t sold yet. Let me explain my side here…
If they were to make some transactions they could improve their current big league roster overnight.
Let’s give a hypothetical here that they trade Aroldis Chapman to the Nationals for highly touted pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez.
He could be injected right into the rotation. They could try and flip Carlos Beltran for another younger, close to MLB ready arm and inject another starter into the rotation, or bring up Luis Severino back up, while freeing up a roster spot for Aaron Judge once he is back 100%. If they were able to send Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi to say the Rangers and pick up a couple prospects to add depth to the minors or big league roster, with potential to help the club this year and next.
There has been talk of shopping Brian McCann, which would allow the red hot Gary Sanchez to come up and contribute with the big league club. They could try and slip Jacoby Ellsbury or Brett Gardner into a deal with one of their relievers, similar to what the Red Sox did a few years back with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.
That could allow Ben Gamel a chance or whomever they may acquire to come and get some reps in the outfield, making the team younger and provide some much needed energy.
Another solution could be to release the likes of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez and eat the rest of their contracts which would apparently guarantee Rob Refsnyder more at bats and free up a roster spot for a minor leaguer, say Gary Sanchez, or Aaron Judge, or some other youngster they either acquire in a trade or who deserves a shot to prove his worth in the big leagues.
Not all of these scenarios will happen. Actually none of them could happen! But the team could be, in my opinion, a stronger overall MLB team than it is now by getting younger, hungrier, more athletic and more versatile while having younger, livelier arms in the rotation.
As of this moment, as I write this, no one seems to know what the Yankees will do over the next week or so. What I do know is I sure want to see a younger Yankees team. They may take some lumps along the way but it would be a good start for the future.
The current roster just won’t cut it overall, despite their recent winning streak. So maybe, just maybe, the Yankees could buy, by selling. What do you think? Comment and let us know.
--Dan Lucia, BYB Senior Writer
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