If this is the season the Yankees plan on winning a championship, what can they add at the trade deadline this July?
The Yankees are sitting in third in the standings halfway through the month of May with a .500 record. Almost 50 games into the season, this team has holes in the lineup and rotation. Here are some positions of need Brian Cashman may need to address at the trade deadline and some potential names who could be on the move in July.
Do the Yankees Need Outfield Help?
The Yankees outfield has been an area of weakness this year as Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks, and Brett Gardner are batting sub .200 so far this season. Aaron Judge has struggled as of late but continues to have quality at-bats. Giancarlo Stanton has been the bright spot in the lineup so far batting almost .300 to begin the season with 9 home runs and 24 RBI’s. Mike Tauchman was also traded to the San Franciso Giants on April 27th which depleted their outfield depth as well.
If the outfield continues to play this way, Cashman will have to look for reinforcements to strengthen this outfield. One name that has been rumored this year has been Texas Rangers star, Joey Gallo. He is a player with a left-handed swing that could potentially play very well in the Bronx with the short porch. He is batting .229 with 6 home runs and 16 RBI’s this season so far, but he is a batter that can add more pop to this lineup and is a good defender in the field. Another potential name that the Yankees were rumored with last year was Starling Marte who could be on the move by the deadline as well. Marte is 32 but is hitting. 312 with 2 home runs with 8 RBI’s this year. Marte could be a piece to add to the outfield and he may not have a value as high as Joey Gallo at the deadline.
The Yankees’ pitching has been better than most people thought so far, but it is never too late to add more pitching to this team for the playoffs. The bullpen has been impressive this season as they have looked great and have been missing Zack Britton as well. Luis Severino should be back by June, but it is unknown if he will be back in the starting rotation or come out of the bullpen. Even with these two pitchers coming back from injury, Cashman needs to add more to it to make it even stronger. If this pitcher becomes available at the deadline, the Yankees need to pounce on him immediately, and that is Max Scherzer. He would complete this rotation and make it the strongest in the American League. We got a look at Scherzer last week as he went 7 innings with 14 strikeouts. He’s in the last year of his deal, but could add a much-needed arm to his rotation for a deep playoff run. Other potential names the Yankees could look at are Matthew Boyd and German Marquez, but they would not have the impact Scherzer would have on this team.
One way or the other, this Yankees team is solid, but every contender at the deadline looks to add pieces. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bombers do the same.