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3 Potential Trades That Would Make The Yankees World Series Favorites

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.

Both J.A. Happ and James Paxton have struggled mightily in their first two starts of the season, while the bullpen took a big hit by losing Tommy Kahnle to Tommy John surgery.

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. 

DENVER, COLORADO – AUGUST 04: Starting pitcher German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 04, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Yankees land rising star German Marquez from Colorado

Yankees Get: SP, German Marquez

Rockies Get: OF, Clint Frazier, RHP, Nick Nelson, RHP, Albert Abreu, RHP, Alexander Vizcaino

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.

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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.

The Yankees could also send Clint Frazier to Colorado, which would allow 2019 All-Star David Dahl to move to centerfield full time and fellow alls-star Charlie Blackmon to stay in right field.

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.

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