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The Yankees could lose catching prospect Josh Breaux to the Rule 5 Draft this off-season if they don’t elevate him to the active roster. At 24-years old, the former 2nd round pick ranks as the Yankees’ No. 18 prospect.
Similar to Gary SÃ¡nchezÂ in terms of his offensive and defensive profile as well as his build, Breaux is enticing because he has well above-average raw power and an arm that was once clocked up to 100 mph when he took the mound at McLennan (Texas) CC. The 2018 second-rounder still needs to polish his hitting and receiving, and he batted .249/.298/.503 with 23 homers in 90 games between High-A and Double-A.
The Yankees are on the fence about Gary Sanchez and his future with the team, and with one year left of arbitration until he lands on the free agency market, GM Brian Cashman has to make a big decision. Either they can extend him, which is unlikely based on his production, or they can find a supplement. It’s possible the Bombers trade for Willson Contreras, but what would it take to acquire him?
The Yankees are in need of starting pitching help and a premium shortstop, but the Chicago White Sox are looking to gain several high-profile free agents as well. Pitcher Robbie Ray is on their wish list, who may be a great option for the Bombers after losing out on the Justin Verlander sweepstakes. Ray is coming off his best season as a professional, and as a lefty, he would add more diversity to the starting rotation. Chicago also has eyes on Marcus Semien, who would be a solid stopgap before Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are ready to make the leap.