The New York Yankees have reached out to the Cleveland Baseball Club about possible trades.
File this one under “not a surprise” According to Andy Martino, the New York Yankees have reached out to the Cleveland Baseball Club about potential trades.
Brian Cashman is doing what he usually does, looking to upgrade the Yankees pitching staff and Cleveland is an obvious trade partner for New York. Cleveland currently has two pitchers who are talented, but not with the team in Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac. The focus of the report does appear to be Clevinger.
While the Yankees do seem to be a logical and potentially petty trade partner, it really does not seem to be a perfect match. Cleveland is not a team that is tanking and that would make them want immediate, or close to immediate impact players in return. The problem is that the Yankees have a ton of injuries and one player who could be a trade piece is being relied upon to produce, Clint Frazier.
Clint Frazier has been a popular suggestion ever since Cleveland sent him to the Yankees, but he is a full-time player due to the injuries of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. (Judge is scheduled to return from the IL, however Stanton is still out). Miguel Andujar is another popular suggestion for those trying to manufacture an imaginary trade. The problem here is that Cleveland already has enough DH type players on their roster and in their system. Adding another just clogs things up and does not do anyone any favors.
While this report is sure to get plenty of traction because it’s the Yankees, Cleveland will have other potential trade partners who can offer better trade packages. Not just in quality of players, but in terms of when they will make an impact at the MLB level.