If the Yankees had made these trades, their seven most recent playoff runs might have ended much differently, potentially with a World Series title.
The New York Yankees are in the midst of an 11 year World Series drought. For most clubs, that isn’t too long, but for the 27-time champion Yankees, it feels like an eternity.
While New York has not one it all since 2009, they have reached the ALCS four times since, been the postseason seven times, and won the American League East three times.
In a few cases, the Bombers have been simply one or two players away from potentially taking that next step and getting back atop the baseball world.
Here is one trade they could’ve made in each season they’ve made the postseason but failed to win it all since 2009 that could’ve been the difference-maker.
Yankees Get: SP Cliff Lee
This trade is the only one not made up. The Yankees and Seattle Mariners had a trade in place back in 2010 that would’ve sent Yankees top prospects Jesus Montero and David Adams along with Zach McAllister for ace and known Yankees killer Cliff Lee.
Instead, Seattle was unhappy with the medical reports on Adams and the Yankees were unwilling to part with Ivan Nova or Eduardo Nunez leading to the deal following through and Lee being shipped off to the Texas Rangers.
There, Lee pitched against the Yankees in the 2010 ALCS, where he pitched eight scoreless innings in an 8-0 Texas Game Three win as the Rangers went onto win the series in six games.
If Lee had been in the opposite dugout, the Yankees could’ve been on their way back to the World Series. Instead, Lee helped knock the Bombers out.