Report: Yankees could trade for Cubs’ slugger Kyle Schwarber

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Sep 17, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) hits a RBI triple in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have committed to a home run centric mentality when it comes to their offense, given their reluctance to move on from Gary Sanchez and commitment to Giancarlo Stanton over the long term.

In their eyes, if they can hit a specific number of home runs every season, they can score a specific number of runs. It ultimately comes down to numbers, and the Yankees figure that paying top dollar for HR hitters is more valuable than contact and base running.

If they want to continue their streak of injecting long ball sluggers into their lineup, Cubs’ outfielder Kyle Schwarber could fit the bill.

The Chicago Tribune stated that the Yankees could be in the market for a lefty slugger, and Schwarber could be a trade target:

Of the 94 home runs the Yankees hit last season, only 14 came from left-handed hitters. With only 318 feet to the right-field foul pole at Yankee Stadium, it’s easy to envision Schwarber fitting in perfectly and reaching his 38-home-run level from 2019. The Cubs could look for a rebound from infielder Miguel Andujar, the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up who can play third base and left field, depending on the health of his right shoulder. The Cubs should be able to pry a young pitcher to complete the deal.

A prospect might be more desirable, but let’s take a look at what Schwarber offers. This past season with the Cubs, he hit .188 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs. He struck out nearly 30% of the time, eerily comparable to Sanchez at the plate. However, in 2019, he hit .250 with 38 homers and 92 RBIs over 610 plate appearances.
This is directly in line with what the Yankees desire in the batter’s box, and if they elect to move on from Brett Gardner, they could re-allocate his salary toward Schwarber and a potential deal. He likely wouldn’t cost too much to acquire, but it would take a decent prospect to dislodge him. He’s a free agent in 2022, meaning the Bombers would also have to extend him once he becomes a Yankee.
Personally, this move doesn’t exactly scream value — Brian Cashman is better off utilizing talent already on the roster.
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