As we move to within 10 days of pitchers and catchers reordering lets take a look where the Yankees stand right now.
Lets start with the current starting rotation. It looks like this:
- RHP Garret Cole
- RHP Corey Kluber
- RHP Luis Severino(Once back from TJ in Late June to Mid July)
- LHP Jordan Montgomery
- RHP Jamison Tallion (Not Spanish decent so pronounced: TALL-yon)
- RHP Clarke Schmidt
- RHP Deivi Garcia
- RHP Michael King
- RHP Jonathan Loaisiga
- RHP Domingo German
Looks a ton better then it did but still desperately needs a proven innings eater to help Cole out atop the rotation! (Thank heavens we know that will not be the freak show Trevor Bauer right?)
The best option by far is REDS ACE RHP Luis Castillo whom we know the teams have had long standing trade talks about. Other options are whom the Yankees have had talks to varying degrees for are:
- LHP Sean Manaea (MUH-NAY-UH) – OAK
- RHP Kyle Hendricks – CHC
- LHP Brandon Woodruff – MIL
- RHP Jon Gray – COL
- LHP Marco Gonzalez – SEA
- LHP Kyle Freeland – COL
That’s all they are known to be connected too. Take your best guess at who the Yankees will ultimately grab as that’s all anyone can do. Castillo remains the most likely and then Manaea.
Now for the current lineup:
- 2B DJ LeMahieu
- RF Aaron Judge
- SS Gleyber(GLEE-ber or GLEH-ber) Torres
- DH Giancarlo Stanton
- CF Aaron Hicks
- 1B Luke Voit
- 3B Gio Urshela
- LF Clint Frazier
- C Gary Sanchez
Definitely desperately needs some left hand pop! The Yankees are connected to the following hitters right now:
- SS Trevor Story – COL
- INF/OF Joey Gallo – TEX
- INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez – FA
- 1B Anthony Rizzo – CHC
- 3B/1B Mike Moustakas – CIN
- OF Parker Meadows – DET
- INF/OF Jose Ramirez – CLE
- 1B Ryan McMahon – COL
To name most of them. Story and Gallo seem by far the most likely but no one actually knows Cashman’s thinking here. He did promise he would get some lefty power bats so stay alert here!
The Yankees Bench:
The Yankees bench currently consists of 1B Mike Ford, C Kyle Higashioka, OF Mike Tauchman, INF/OF Miguel Andujar and INF/OF Tyler wade as of right now. Definite work to do here.
The Yankees could 100% use a Marwin Gonzalez type utility guy to replace Tyler Wade.
The bullpen looks like this:
- CP: LHP Aroldis Chapman
- SU1: RHP Chad Green
- SU2: LHP Zack Britton
- MR1: RHP Darren O’Day
- MR2: RHP Ben Heller
- MR3: RHP Albert Abreu (OUT OF OPTIONS)
- LR1: LHP Nester Cortes
- LR2: RHP Adam Warren (Still an ADAM in there! HAHAHA)
- LR3: RHP Luis Cessa
Could definitely use another arm such as Jake McGee or Trevor Rosenthal or both!
The Yankees are 100% still going to make some moves! The question is what moves?
The only one that can EASILY be ruled out is OF Brett Gardner. He’s 100% gone! Not only do the Yankees have no need for him or place to play him BUT… He’s proven completely worthless with his 1-16 post season!
The moves I would make is trade for Castillo + Gallo in a 3 team trade, then sign ALL 3 of LHP Jake McGee, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, and RHP Trevor Rosenthal.
Remember Cashman guaranteed the Yankees would have the highest payroll but are $42 Million behind the Dodgers now… The Yankees gonna have to make some moves!
BY: ADAM KING