Looking ahead at potential trade targets for the New York Yankees

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While the New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, they still hold MLB’s best record at 28-10. I think it’s safe to say that the Yanks have surpassed all expectations through the first 38 games of the season.

While many expected the Yankees to be good this year, I don’t think anyone was expecting them to perform at this level. I sure as hell wasn’t expecting it. For years, New York’s management has preached a message of hopium to the fans.

Fans have been told how good the team could be if everyone was clicking. The problem is that we’ve very rarely seen the Yankees firing on all cylinders. Well, this year we have. Starting pitching, bullpen, offense, defense, you name it.

The Yankees look like legit World Series contenders and they definitely appear to be the favorites in the American League. As we near the end of May, it’s time to start thinking about the Hot Stove again. Before you know it, the trade deadline will be here.

Will the Yankees be active at the deadline this year? Are they going to make a move that will push them over the top? Who are some of their targets? Let’s take a look at a few names that you could see tied to New York at the deadline.

Yankees Potential Targets

Willson Contreras

One of the names to really watch as the deadline approaches is Willson Contreras. The backstop for the Cubs is likely going to be dealt at the deadline considering he’s in his walk year and the Cubs are not a team that is contending this year.

The All Star catcher is off to a solid start batting .268 with five home runs and 14 RBIs. He’s also played really well behind the plate and has a WAR of 1.4 through the start of the season. The Yankees and Cubs have been key trading partners in the past.

New York sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago for Gleyber Torres in a move that benefited both clubs. Last year we saw the Yankees acquire Anthony Rizzo from Chicago for a haul of prospects. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear a rumor tying Contreras to New York.

Jose Trevino and Kyle Higashioka have provided very minimal offense thus far. Trevino has the better batting average of the two and he’s batting .204. Contreras would be a massive upgrade offensively without giving much up on the defensive end.

Andrew Benintendi

A blast from the past, how about the Yankees calling up the Royals regarding Andrew Benintendi. The former Red Sox outfielder is having a great season thus far for Kansas City. He’s playing solid defense in left field while batting .302.

It’s clear that the Yankees have some issues in the outfield right now. There aren’t any issues with Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton, but there are major issues with Joey Gallo and especially Aaron Hicks. Trading for Benintendi could sure things up in the outfield.

Since getting traded to New York, Gallo is batting well under 2o0 and while he’s shown flashes of his great power, it hasn’t translated like many thought it would. Some say that Gallo just isn’t meant for New York. Perhaps a change of scenery would be beneficial for him as he’s in his walk year.

Aaron Hicks has been the worst player on the team for the Yankees this year. Personally, I don’t think it’s close. I would literally accept a trade for a bag of balls if it meant getting Hicks off the team.

One of these struggling outfielders might benefit from going to a smaller market in KC. Tie one of them with a decent prospect and you can bring back Benintendi. You’d still have four outfielders regardless of which one you gave up.

Juan Soto

Want a bigger stretch than Benintendi, alright I’m going in. How about the Yankees making a megasplash and trading for Juan Soto. Sounds crazy, but it’s not as crazy as you might think when you read it.

The Washington Nationals know that they aren’t going to sign Soto long-term. Soto is one of the best players in the game and it’s very clear that Soto is planning on leaving the Nats once his service time with them is up.

His value will never be higher than it is right now. The Nationals would demand the farm, and for Soto you absolutely give it up. Imagine the Yankees having Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Giancarlo Stanton going into the postseason.

Sounds too good to be true. Speaking of Aaron Judge, acquiring Juan Soto would provide the Yankees with Aaron Judge insurance. We all know that New York wants to sign Aaron Judge long-term. We also all know that Aaron Judge wants to stay with the Yankees.

However, the two sides are far apart on a deal. If New York were to acquire Juan Soto, it would allow them to hold their ground a bit more with Judge. Could acquiring Soto push Judge out the door? It’s possible especially if a team like the Giants blows Judge out of the water with an offer.

That being said, if the Yankees end up losing Judge, I’d rather them lose Judge knowing they have Juan Soto moving forward. It would take all the best pieces, but if Washington calls, the Yanks should be all over it.

Other Pieces

Don’t be surprise to see the Yankees look at relief pitching. While the bullpen has been good overall, there have been some shakey spots. Chad Green left yesterday’s game with an injury and Aroldis Chapman has been far from sharp recently.

Zack Britton is injured and the other arms are really getting utilized a lot. Look for Cashman to make another Clay Holmes-type of acquisition at some point. Who will it be? No idea, but I expect them to add a bullpen piece for the stretch run.

What do you guys think? Who do you want the Yankees to go after? Sound off in the comments!

Former MLB general manager predicts Yankees will land superstar right fielder in trade

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Despite the expectation that the New York Yankees will sign star slugger Aaron Judge to a monster contract, it didn’t stop one former general manager from predicting a blockbuster deal between the Bombers and Washington Nationals next offseason.

As we saw last year, Aaron Judge is capable of playing multiple outfield spots, despite right field being his preferred position. He spent 158 innings last year in center field, posting a perfect fielding percentage.

That plays a big part in the theoretical trade proposed by Jim Bowden of The Athletic, who believes the Yankees will make a huge play for Juan Soto:

The Nationals increase their offer to superstar right fielder Juan Soto from $350 million to $390 million and he rejects it, preferring to get to free agency in three years. The Nationals then trade him to the Yankees on Dec. 29 for a package of seven prospects that includes their best prospect, Anthony Volpe.

Soto is one of the best players in all of baseball at just 23. Soto recorded a monster .313 average last season with 29 homers and 95 RBIs. Looking back at his 2019 campaign when he was 2o years old, he hit .282 with 34 homers and 110 RBIs.

Featuring Soto, Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield would give the Yankees the best unit by a significant margin. The Nationals star is also a solid defender, which makes him extremely valuable. However, Bowden states the Yankees will have to give up their top prospect Anthony Volpe to acquire Soto.

Considering general manager Brian Cashman built his entire off-season strategy around Volpe becoming the team’s shortstop down the road, it will be incredibly difficult for him to part ways. Nonetheless, when you’re talking about a player like Soto, an established superstar, you have no choice but to submit to those demands.

The Yankees don’t necessarily need another big-time outfielder, looking at the deal objectively. Soto’s offensive qualities represent the majority of his value, but if Volpe dominated the minor-league system, they may take him off the market entirely, no matter the player. Some may view that as malpractice, and you’d have a good argument.

New York Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez: Mission Mars

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The New York Yankees have something brewing in the minors. The Yankees have a star that is just getting ready to shine his light for the first time in rookie ball during 2020. That star is the New York Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez who has been given the nickname “The Martian”.

Dominguez was given this nickname because his skills seem out of this world. He reminds folks of a young Mickey Mantle. Incredible speed, incredible power from both sides of the plate, incredible arm from the outfield, and folks are saying that his skills are just “Stupid. They’re crazy.” At just sixteen years old, Dominguez earned a record $5.1 million signing bonus for inking with the Yankees last July. There is so much hype surrounding Dominguez even with him just being seventeen years old. Many are starting to wonder, how soon will Dominguez rise through the minors?

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When will he debut?

MLB Pipeline isn’t projecting the Yankees to land on Mars until 2024 which would make Dominguez 21 years old. I might be buying into the hype just a little, but I think it would be the worst-case scenario if it took that long for Dominguez to crack the major league roster.

These types of prospects are not prospects that just come around every day. To me, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see him take the Juan Soto route and debut in just a couple of years. Obviously, there will be some adjustments that have to be made since he is about to see a drastic rise in competition. However, the raw skills are there to make Dominguez one of the best players in all of baseball.

Extremely High Expectations

Yes, there has been the Mike Trout comparisons. Scouts have said that Dominguez is way more advanced at his age than Trout was. Of course, Trout was passed up by most teams in baseball because he wasn’t projected to turn into the superstar that he is. Players are missed all the time by teams. Also, there are a lot of players that have tremendous skill and never touch the majors. I think Dominguez is going to be one of those players who will show why there is so much hype. I think it’ll take him a couple of years with some ups and downs, but this kid is going to be a superstar for the Yankees. The organization seems to think so as well deeming him “Untouchable” in any trade conversations. The kid has not even touched rookie ball, yet was asked about by multiple teams in trade conversations. The New York Yankees have a star in the making in Jasson Dominguez. And when it comes to history, the Yankees had the commerce comet, and now they about to be blessed with a Martian.