Deadspin’s moves to fix the Yankees

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
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Commercial season underway in baseball, with Blue Jays acquiring Adam Cimber and Corey Dickerson Marlins, while the White Sox chase Diamondbacks infielder Eduardo Escobar. The deadline has moved back to its usual date of July 31 of this year, and over the next month many teams will be looking to fill holes in their roster in pursuit of a championship.

If there is a “contender” with bigger problems to deal with than the Yankees, who sit fourth in the American League East, just two games out of 0.500 (a record worse than the Seattle Freakin ‘Mariners). ), there isn’t one with a better projector. New York, however, is in a strange situation as the trade deadline approaches.

The Bronx Bombers are 14th in the American League in points scored, despite placing fifth on the Junior Tour with a .319 based team percentage. Negotiating Aaron Judge, and somehow justifying that it could rejuvenate the Yankees as a Mookie Betts’ trade made for the Red Sox – a hell of a retcon job – isn’t it.

Judge is the Yankees’ best player, he will be free after next season, his campaign at the age of 30 and the idea that they can’t re-sign him to play on the right pitch due to the presence. of Giancarlo Stanton, their DH and next-best hitter, is insanely irrelevant. Especially if the rationale is that Judge is prone to injury, well, what is Stanton? The best Yankees team going forward has these two guys in the lineup, with hopes Gary Sanchez’s rejuvenation over the past six weeks is more than a mirage.

If you’re the New York Yankees and aren’t resigning the long-term judge for some made-up reasons that really boil down to “we don’t want to pay the luxury tax,” you might as well pack and move the team in Boise. The Yankees should definitely be prepared to eliminate the luxury tax and deal with the implications of losing the draft and the position of the international signature pool. Who did the Yankees ever draft anyway? Over the past quarter-century, Judge is the only impact player they’ve added in the first round, with the list of busts populated by memorable names like Eric Duncan, CJ Henry, Cito Culver, Andrew Brackman, and Eric Jagielo. .

To be fair, the Yankees have a good prospect of a recent first round with pitcher Clarke Schmidt, and their top prospect Jasson Dominguez got a $ 5.1 million signing bonus. But Dominguez had been touted even at 16 as a generational prospect, and New York’s top three prospects, pitcher Deivi Garcia and shortstop Oswald Peraza, signed for a total of $ 375,000. Luis Gil, ranked fifth by MLB Pipeline for the Yankees organization, signed with the Twins for $ 90,000 and came to New York City as part of a spring 2018 practice swap for Jake Cave. And with the draft shortening to five rounds, it should be easier than it has been in decades for a team like the Yankees to find and acquire undrafted free agents to develop on the farm.

But what should the Yankees do to improve their chances now, finding themselves in a strange position where the problem isn’t a lack of talent, but a roster filled with all-or-nothing powerful bats that are too similar? It’s not as simple as the typical business strategy: we are buyers, you are sellers, and we will give you prospects for your best players.

Like, of course, absolutely go and get Ketel Marte from the Diamondbacks (once he’s back from a hamstring strain) or Bryan Reynolds from the Pirates to take control of the central court and add the bat that has since vanished. that Aaron Hicks got injured. The Yankees’ rather comprehensive roster, however, means that this roster’s overhaul will require subtractions as well as additions. Here are some ideas to get you there.

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