Yankees Get: SP, Corey Kluber
Rangers Get: C, Gary Sanchez
This trade would’ve been a blockbuster if made two or three years ago, but if made this offseason would make a lot of sense for both teams.
The Texas Rangers traded for 34-year old right-hander Corey Kluber who is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, but in 2020 the move did not go as planned.
Kluber pitched just one inning the entire year due to a shoulder injury and the Rangers season spiraled out of control. They finished just 22-38 and will pick second in the 2021 MLB Draft. To shed salary while also planning to compete in the first year of that fans will be allowed into the brand new Globe Life Field, a swap with the Yankees makes plenty of sense.
New York is in need of proven starting pitching depth as Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and J.A. Happ are all free agents and Luis Severino is not expected back from Tommy John surgery until June at the earliest.
Texas has a top catching prospect in Sam Huff but he is still not a proven commodity and the Rangers still could use a Designated Hitter.
This swap would allow Texas to shed payroll, the Yankees to add a much needed veteran starter and Sanchez to find a new home where he may not be counted onto catch every day.