The hot stove is filled with Gerrit Cole rumors, but the New York Yankees could still make a trade this offseason to better the roster.
All of the talk this around the hot stove regarding the New York Yankees has been about Gerrit Cole. That’s great and it should be the top priority, but there are other moves to be made as well. Some include adding other free agents while others could come in the form of potential trades.
This offseason is a crucial one for the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman. That shouldn’t be understated. Currently in one of the best win-now windows they seen in a while, it is time to capitalize on opportunities to build a World Series contender. Giving the aforementioned Cole a blank check comes before all, but trades could help the Yankees too.
Here are four players the Yankees could trade away this offseason:
J.A. Happ | SP | Age: 37
This is one of the most intriguing trade candidates for the Yankees. Though it could be hard to find a suitor, the Yankees aren’t afraid of testing the trade market or the veteran left-hander. There are reports that the Bronx Bombers are actively shopping Happ in hopes to find something in return.
After a stellar seven-game stretch with the Yankees in 2018, Happ was a completely different pitcher in 2019. He went 12-8 recording 161 1/3 innings pitched with a 4.91 ERA. What was most alarming about Happy’s campaign was the number of home runs he allowed. Giving up a career-high 34 dingers, Happ allowed a long ball once every six innings pitched.
It will be tough for the Yankees to move Happ. Not only is he coming off of a brutal season the money won’t make other teams to excited. Happ is set to make $17 million in each of the next two seasons. If the Yankees want to move that kind of money, they are likely going to have to eat some of it.
Regardless, a deal can still get done if the Yankees truly want to ship Happ off and look toward building up the young depth at the back end of the rotation.