Despite a hot start, the Yankees still need help if they want to be considered the favorites. These bold trades would earn them that status.
The New York Yankees are off to a red-hot start to the shortened 2020 season as they currently sit at 9-3 and lead the American League East. Despite this, the team has shown some worrisome weaknesses.
If the Yankees want to increase their chances of winning a world series title and solidify themselves as the favorites to win the American League pennant, adding a major piece is a must.
Here are three bold trades that if Brian Cashman were to pull the trigger on before the August 31 trade deadline, the Yankees would become automatic World Series favorites.
Yankees land rising star German Marquez from Colorado
Yankees Get: SP, German Marquez
Perhaps the biggest surprise team so far this season has been the Colorado Rockies. Colorado currently sits atop the NL West standings at 9-3 large part due to the efforts of their rising ace German Marquez.
The 25-year-old right-hander is 2-1 in three starts this season and has posted a stellar 1.89 ERA while holding opposing pitchers to a .171 batting average.
While Colorado is off to a hot start, they likely will still be sellers at the deadline as their farm system ranks among the worst and baseball and their bullpen isn’t nearly deep enough to contend for a World Series. The best way for them to reboot their farm system would be trading away their most valuable trade chip in Marquez.
Marquez is under team control through 2025; thus, the price tag will be steep. The Yankees would likely need to part with some of their minor league pitching depth given the Rockies pitching woes.
Names that make sense include a pair of top Yankee minor league arms in Albert Abreu and Alexander Vizcaino along with Nick Nelson, who showed great potential tossing three-shut out relief innings and picking up a win against the Boston Red Sox in his MLB debut Saturday.
This deal would give the Rockies three right-handers with MLB potential and a slugger that would make an immediate impact in their lineup and help create one of the national league’s deepest outfields while giving the Yankees a reliable second starter behind Gerrit Cole for the remainder of 2020 and the next several seasons.