New York Jets: Why everyone wins the Sam Darnold trade (for now)

It’s hard to assess a trade five months before a single down is played, but the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers came out looking good.

Despite Jerry Seinfeld’s best efforts, there’s probably is no such thing as a “mutual breakup”.

But the New York Jets and Sam Darnold might’ve come as close as one can, especially when it comes to severing the relationship between an NFL squad and its franchise quarterback.

Darnold confirmed as much in his first statements as a Panther on Monday, a week after he was dealt from New York for a trio of draft picks. While Darnold ruefully stated that he throught he was destined to be the Jets’ quarterback for a long time, he’s ready to embrace a new opportunity in Charlotte.

“I imagined I was going to be the franchise quarterback of the New York Jets for a long time…once you realize that the team that drafted you is moving on, it stings a little bit,” Darnold said, per Carolina reporter Darin Gantt. “Getting that news that you’re going to be traded, of a team saying, ‘Hey, we didn’t want you,” for whatever reason, is hard. But right now, I feel great about it.”

How did each side find something to celebrate? ESM investigates…

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Grounded Controversy

Through social media schadenfreude, the Jets are a team whose simplest mistakes are turned into memes within minutes. That concept has hit a fever pitch during their decade-long playoff drought (an NFL-worst), but there may well be light at the end of their tunnel of rebuilding. Rare optimism can be found at One Jets Drive after the hire of Robert Saleh, whose arrival has spawned positive reviews both domestically and abroad.

But the good vibes bring forth a perilous responsibility: it must be surrounded by as little controversy as possible. Holding a quarterback competition would be an unwelcome distraction during. Once the games do get underway, it’s widely expected that fans will be back at MetLife Stadium. The last thing the Jets needed was spectators, no matter the capacity limit, screeching for Darnold’s backup every time he threw an incomplete pass.

But, having traded Darnold, the Jets have a clear-cut plan. Their quarterback controversy will end no later than the evening of April 29, when they choose second in the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland. General manager Joe Douglas more or less confirmed as much when speaking after the deal was done.

“There was…a discussion about us taking a quarterback at pick number two and having Sam here for the season…ultimately, we felt that that wouldn’t be the best situation for Sam, the rookie quarterback, Coach Saleh and his staff, and the locker room,” Douglas said, per notes from the Jets. “We felt like this was the best decision for the entire organization moving forward, in hitting the reset button.”

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Darnold Gets Stability 

On paper, Carolina isn’t too far removed from the Jets in terms of where they are on the NFL barometer. They won only five games last season and are seeking stability under a first-time NFL head coach in Matt Rhule. But one look at the Carolina ledger shows that they provide a more stable offensive situation than Darnold ever had in New York.

Darnold’s burden is immediately lightened through a run game headlined by Christian McCaffrey rather than a disgruntled Le’Veon Bell and a tandem of projects. The biggest sign of Panther progress was perhaps shown through McCaffrey’s absence: despite enjoying only three games with the 2019 All-Pro in the backfield, Carolina remained competitive. All but three of their 11 losses came by one possession while Robby Anderson, Darnold’s favorite New York target in his first two seasons, tallied a career-best 1,096 yards despite relative turmoil at quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater was inconsistent in his first full-time starting gig since enduring a contact-free camp injury in 2015 and was relieved by XFL star P.J. Walker.

The coaching staff is also a welcome sight to any offensive player seeking his NFL fortune. Head coach Matt Rhule turned downtrodden college programs at Temple and Baylor into offensive blockbusters while offensive coordinator Joe Brady over saw the rise of Joe Burrow as the passing game coordinator during the LSU Tigers’ dominant national title run in 2019. Darnold took the time to appreciate the culture that Carolina is building during his opening statements.

“The culture that’s being set here is amazing,” Darnold said in Gantt’s report. “That’s probably the part that intrigues me the most about this.”

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A Fine Addition to the New York Collection

While the immediate yield from the Darnold trade isn’t flashy…the Jets earned the 226th overall pick in the coming Cleveland selections…it’s pretty impressive on Douglas’ end that he was able to net a second-round pick (coming in 2022) for an injury-prone quarterback with a 13-25 ledger as a starter, even if the circumstances weren’t the greatest.

“With the premium picks, your first, second, third-round picks, those are the picture you’re looking to become starters on your team,” Douglas remarked through the Jets. “So, those ultimately end up being the picks that you spend the most time talking about.”

As a young Queens webslinger was told, however, with great power comes great responsibility. Quantity doesn’t automatically equal quality, and that axiom rings especially true in the NFL Draft. The Jets learned that lesson the hard way during the 2014 proceedings through John Idzik’s doomed dozen and it’s a nightmare that Douglas doesn’t take lightly.

“We have a lot of opportunity in front of us, 21 picks in the next two drafts, including 10 in the first three rounds,” Douglas said in Jets notes. “But with that opportunity, we know we have to make the most of it and hit on these picks.”

New York Jets, Joe Douglas
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Joe’s Jets

Douglas presents himself as a guy who’s not interested in looking for excuses. But he’d have a good few in the holster.

He joined the Jets under unusual circumstances, placed in charge weeks before training camp opened after Mike Maccagnan’s post-draft firing. His first years with the organization have been handicapped by decisions he had no jurisdiction over (namely the Adam Gase hire).

Now, Douglas’ signings are getting closer to becoming the majority after several Maccagnan/Gase staples were shipped elsewhere. He has a handpicked head coach in Saleh and he’s about to have a handpicked franchise quarterback.

It’s official: Douglas is the captain now. For better or worse, this was a step the Jets needed to move toward. There are no more excuses, there are no more “wait untils”. Douglas’ era can officially begin and he can thus be judged appropriately.

“I think you feel pressure every day you walk into the building,” Douglas said in Jets notes. “You want to do this job to the best of your ability. You want to take the information that you have at hand and make the best possible decisions that you can make.”

Jets fans and the football-loving public at large are about to find out if they’re truly the right moves to end the perpetual rebuild…a rebuild Douglas now officially owns.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: Possible trade destinations for Jamal Adams

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

It feels like almost a daily occurrence that a Jamal Adams trade rumor resurfaces. The game-wrecking 2017 top 10 picks by the New York Jets have officially requested a trade from the organization as of yesterday, per multiple sources. At this particular moment in time, the Jets have not acted to push trade with Adams. Back in February when addressing a possible long term deal, GM Joe Douglas was quoted saying, “Jamal is an unbelievable player. We’re excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life.” While this reality might not exactly pan out as the Jets and Douglas had initially hoped, a trade seems more likely now than ever.

According to a tweet by Adam Shefter, Adams would welcome trade from the following seven teams: Ravens, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers, and Seahawks. Adams later expressed interest in Tampa Bay, which would reunite him with former Jets head coach Todd Bowles. Six out of these eight teams made the playoffs, with the Chiefs and 49ers making the super bowl, it is clear that Adams prefers to go to a contender. So how likely is a trade to actually happen? And which team is most likely to acquire him?

Most likely: Ravens, Cowboys, Eagles, Seahawks.

These teams would all certainly be interesting destinations for Adams. But it is not as simple as just saying, “He’s a good player, they’re a good team let’s make it happen.” Let’s look at each team’s safety situation:

The Ravens gave Earl Thomas a four year $55 million deal in March of 2019, making him the third highest-paid safety in football, just behind Redskins’ Landon Collins and Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu, both of whom making $14 million a year. Thomas, now 31, is still one of the elite safeties in the game, not to mention a cornerstone of the Legion of Boom in Seattle, and adding Adams would undoubtedly create the most dominant safety duo in the NFL.

The Cowboys are probably the most likely destination for Adams. Logically speaking, he fits a desperate need, and after the departure of their best member of the secondary, Byron Jones, the Cowboys are yearning for a playmaker on the back end of the defense. The one glaring issue here would obviously be the financial aspect. With Ezekiel Elliott and Jaylon Smith, both inking star contracts and QB Dak Prescott asking for record money, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys could be in a tough spot. If they somehow could get a deal done, this would fill a huge hole for Dallas.

The Eagles are another team desperate for secondary help. With the departure of veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints this offseason, Adams could look to bolster their secondary as well. A surprising draft class that included taking Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in the second round after giving Carson Wentz a massive contract was questionable, so GM Howie Roseman could look to return to contention with the acquisition of the star safety if the price is right.

Seattle hasn’t had an elite defense since the Legion of Boom disbanded years ago. While the acquisition of premier pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney did help the interior defense, the back end is still a need for Pete Carroll and Seahawks. Russell Wilson is a top-five quarterback in the league, they bolstered the offensive line, drafted a young stud WR in D.K. Metcalf, and have young productive running backs with Chris Carson and Rashad Penny. Going after Adams, without giving up too much would shoot the Seahawks right up the rankings into contention in the NFC.

Least likely: Texans, Chiefs, 49ers.

Houston GM/Head Coach Bill O’Brien has certainly made some questionable moves. Most notably, trading superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for a broken down David Johnson, a second-round and future fourth-round pick. This was a shocking deal, to say the least, and after handing out another deal to Brandin Cooks to replace Hopkins, it is unlikely they go after Adams, who’s asking price may be too high for the Texans.

The reigning super bowl champions have zero holes. You could argue cornerback and some other nit-picky positions, but let’s be honest, the Chiefs have no glaring needs, and giving up what would be a haul for Adams wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense. Tyrann Mathieu was excellent down the stretch for the Chiefs and has established himself as the leader of that defense. With Mahomes due for a record-breaking extension, another huge expense doesn’t seem probable. Unless they could get him for a steal and completely fleece the Jets, it doesn’t look likely for him to play in Arrowhead any time soon.

The 49ers are in a similar situation. Making it to the super bowl in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first, fully healthy season with the team is a sign of a bright future for the Niners. Despite losing DeForest Buckner to the Colts, their defense is still anchored by young stars like Fred Warner, Arik Armstead, and breakout DROY Nick Bosa. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have built this roster through the draft, with few a free agent acquisitions here and there, and have found gems at almost every position. That process has proven successful, and following that method is still the most responsible thing to do moving forward.

Adams is claiming to want $20 million a year. Yikes. Any team willing to pay that amount of money for a safety better be willing and able to win right now. Whether a deal gets done or not, Adams is owed $3.5 million this season and then $9.9 million in 2021, when/if the Jets pick up his fifth-year option. No one except Christian McCaffery has been extended from the 2017 draft class, which included Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Will he be traded? Will the Jets sign him long term? Will he hold out? All remains to be seen.

New York Jets trade No. 48 pick to Seattle Seahawks

Right before they went on the clock for the first time on Friday, the New York Jets dealt the 48th pick of the 2020 draft to Seattle.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New York Jets traded the 48th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks. New York will get back the 59th and 101st selections.

Seattle would use the pick on Tennessee defensive Darrell Taylor. The Knoxville alum and Hopewell, Virginia native had 19.5 sacks over the past three seasons, including a career-best 8.5 last year. He notably put up six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Volunteers’ narrow victory over Indiana in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl in January.

The Jets now own four picks during Friday’s proceedings. They will choose in the 59th, 68th, 78th, and 101st. The most latter pick was a compensatory pick for the Seahawks after safety Earl Thomas left in free agency.

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New York Giants Could Consider Trading Down In Round Two

The New York Giants secured their left tackle of the future in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. With the fourth overall pick, the Giants selected offensive tackle Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. Thomas has not allowed more than two pressures in a game since 2017 and is set to make an immediate-impact with Big Blue (statistic via PFF).

Heading into day two, there are plenty of intriguing options for the Giants to decide on. The draft board is still loaded with defensive talents, such as safety Xavier McKinney and edge rushers Zack Baun and Yetur Gross-Matos. It would be no surprise to see the Giants stay put and select a defensive prospect. But there is the possibility that New York elects to trade down.

Why Trade Down?

The Giants will be picking thirty-sixth overall today (the fourth pick of the second round). They will then have to wait until pick ninety-nine to make another selection. If the Giants stay put here, they will have sixty-three players drafted between their two selections. According to reports from the New York Post, trading down from thirty-six is something the Gmen are considering.

What Could the Giants Get From Trading Down?

The purpose of trading down from thirty-sixth overall would be to acquire an additional pick somewhere in the third round. New York traded away its original third-round selection (sixty-eighth overall) to the New York Jets to acquire Leonard Williams. It would be wise for the Giants to try to recoup a third-round selection in a trade today.

There are a few teams with multiple third-round draft picks that might look to move up in the second round. Among those teams are the Jets, the Vikings, the Broncos, the Raiders, and the Ravens. Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post put out this intriguing mock-trade scenario on Twitter:

Dunleavy’s mock-trade is a realistic possibility. If the Giants were to trade down today, they would likely be looking to acquire picks similar to the ones Ryan suggested in the third round. Trading down would allow the Giants to land an additional prospect in the third-round, a round that often sees players develop into quality NFL starters.

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman Says He Will Seriously Consider Trading Down

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a week away. The New York Giants hold the fourth overall pick, their third straight season picking inside the top-ten. General Manager Dave Gettleman is heading into his third draft as GM of the Giants and needs to put together a strong class in order to keep his job.

Gettleman and company are ready for the virtual NFL draft. Working from home will be challenging, but Gettleman assured the press today that he is fully prepared to draft from home and communicate with his team via a virtual medium.

During his conference call with the New Jersey beat writers today, Dave Gettleman was asked about the possibility of trading down in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He made it clear that trading down is a real possibility this year.

Will The Giants Trade Down?

General manager Dave Gettleman has never traded down in his entire career as a GM. He is known as a “stick-and-pick” GM. But that could change this year. Gettleman has not ruled out the possibility of a trade down this year. He has actually made it pretty clear that trading down is something the Giants want to do.

“Something I will very seriously entertain.” – Dave Gettleman on trading down in the 2020 NFL Draft

The Giants are not going to wait for teams to call them, looking to move up to fourth overall. Instead, Dave Gettleman is going to hit the phones himself, stating, “I’m gonna make the calls.” Gettleman also stated that he hopes to have trade parameters of any potential deal for the fourth overall selection in place before the Giants are on the clock. So if the Giants do decide to trade down, expect to hear that news break in the coming days, rather than moments before the pick is in.

3 Players Who Would Complete Brooklyn Nets Superstar Trio

New York Knicks, Blake Griffin

Bleacher Report recently came out with an article discussing several trades the Brooklyn Nets could potentially make this offseason to acquire a third star. While Spencer Dinwiddie has insisted that Brooklyn already has a 3rd star in Caris LeVert, I decided to come up with our own list of 3 all-star caliber players that would be elite 3rd options behind Kyrie and Durant.

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The 3 Options:

  • Option # 1: The first person I think would be an excellent fit in Brooklyn would be Blake Griffin. Griffin can stretch the floor as a power forward as he has significantly improved his three-point shooting in the last several years. Griffin’s 2018 – 2019 season was incredible for the Pistons, averaging 24.5 points and 7.5 boards per game. Unfortunately, he has been riddled with injuries this season, and his statistics have dropped significantly, but I believe when healthy, Griffin can still play at an elite level. He has also played with Deandre Jordan before, and the duo showed they could mesh well with each other.
    • Current deal: Griffin has two years left on a five year $171 million dollar contract
  • Option #2: I don’t agree with Bleacher Report’s take that Buddy Hield could be a better or equal fit as LeVert. I also don’t think CJ McCollum would be a great fit here either since he, like LeVert, is a ball-dominant guard. Even if you’re able to keep LeVert, I don’t believe Hield or McCollum makes sense in this offense. Insert Bradley Beal. Beal would be a perfect 3rd complement to Durant and Irving since he can play off the ball better than most guards in the league. The Nets would be able to add a legitimate shooter to an already lethal offensive lineup. Beal can also defend the majority of 2 guards in the league. He would be able to take command of the offense if Irving and Durant are not on the floor. Beal is also just 26 years old.
    • Current Deal: Beal has one year remaining on his five years $127 million dollar contract
  • Option #3: This is my “risky” option, since LaVine hasn’t shown consistent success like the two players above, but he has been one of the lone bright spots for the Chicago Bulls in the last two years. LaVine, who has been banged up for the majority of the year, has averaged 25.5 points per game on 45% shooting in 60 games. He has been an elite defender at 6’6 and one of the most explosive young guards in the game. Shooting only 38% from 3 point range, LaVine would have to improve that number in order to play off the ball more efficiently, but at just 25 years old, he has a ton of room to improve his game.
    • Current Deal: LaVine has two years remaining on his four years $80M dollar contract

I believe these three players would significantly increase the Nets’ chances of competing for a championship. We’ll see if Sean Marks is able to pull the trigger on any of these options come the off-season.

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New York Giants: The Ideal Draft-Day Trade

The New York Giants are in a perfect position at fourth overall. They have the opportunity to land an elite draft prospect, but they are also sitting ahead of numerous quarterback-needy teams that might be looking to trade up to draft their signal-caller.

The Giants, at fourth overall, sit ahead of teams searching for a quarterback, such as the Miami Dolphins (fifth overall), the Los Angeles Chargers (sixth overall), and the Oakland Raiders (ninth overall). The Dolphins and Chargers are widely expected to trade up for a quarterback if they must.

Securing Two First Round Picks:

The Giants can capitalize on the Chargers’ and Dolphins’ needs for a quarterback. Miami holds three first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft: fifth overall, eighteenth overall, and twenty-sixth overall. The Chargers only have the fifth overall pick in the first round, but they also have the thirty-seventh overall pick (second round).

Miami and Los Angeles are both likely to target the best quarterback available, expected to be Tua Tagovailoa. The two teams may compete for the right to draft Tua. The Giants can capitalize on this competition by creating a bidding war for the fourth overall pick.

It would make sense if the Chargers wanted to leapfrog the Dolphins and draft the quarterback they want before Miami has a chance to. They would only need to move up two spots to get in front of Miami. That should not be too expensive of a trade, right? Well, guess again.

Historically, most trades for quarterbacks involve multiple first-round picks in exchange for the pick to draft the quarterback

In addition to the premium prices that teams pay to draft quarterbacks, the Giants have the leverage to secure additional picks from the Miami Dolphins. New York could tell Miami that Los Angeles has offered the sixth overall pick and the thirty-seventh overall pick for the fourth overall pick, which they plan to spend on the quarterback that the Dolphins want. This would force Miami’s hand and get them to cough up the twenty-sixth overall pick to outbid Los Angeles and win the fourth overall pick.

The Giants, after trading the fifth pick to the Dolphins, would move back one spot and still be able to draft whomever they wanted to draft with the fourth overall pick. In addition to drafting that player, the Giants now hold an additional first-round pick, twenty-sixth overall. This would be the ideal draft-day trade for the New York Giants.

Addressing Positions Of Need:

In this ideal scenario, the Giants move back one spot and still get the prospect they wanted to draft with the fourth overall pick. They could even trade back further and stockpile more picks. I digress, however, and shift focus on whom the Giants could draft in this scenario. Most likely, the pick at fifth overall would be Clemson do-it-all linebacker, Isaiah Simmons.

Simmons perfectly fits the Giants’ defense and would be an X-factor for years to come. But how would the Giants address their other positions of need, such as edge rusher and offensive tackle? Well, now that they own the twenty-sixth overall pick (and have owned the thirty-sixth overall pick), New York can fill one of those needs in addition to landing superstar Isaiah Simmons.

The twenty-sixth overall pick could be used to draft a player such as AJ Epenesa, Zack Baun, or Yetur Gross-Matos, all first-round EDGE prospects. Or, they could spend the pick on offensive tackles, such as Lucas Niang or Josh Jones. One of those tackles might still be available with the thirty-sixth overall pick if they decide to wait and draft an EDGE at twenty-six instead. If the Giants are feeling aggressive and convicted towards a specific offensive tackle, they could even package twenty-six and thirty-six in a trade to move back inside the top-twenty or top-fifteen.

In this scenario, the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft could look like this for the Giants: Isaiah Simmons, AJ Epenesa, and Josh Jones OR Isaiah Simmons and Andrew Thomas OR Tristan Wirfs, Kenneth Murray, and Justin Jefferson.

While this is the ideal Draft-Day trade scenario for the Giants, do not count on this happening. Dave Gettleman has never traded down in a draft before, and there is no guarantee that the Dolphins or Chargers would be willing to trade up for a quarterback. All we can do, as fans, is hope. This would be a perfect scenario for the New York Giants, so we can hope it our pipe dream comes true, but it likely never will.

Should The New York Giants Explore A Trade For Darius Slay?

The NFL offseason is in full swing with trade and free agent rumors beginning to heat up. Players and teams are preparing to part ways via trades and free agency, and a couple of big names are on the trade block already. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have been shopping star cornerback Darius Slay.

Darius Slay has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for the past few years. The Giants have had a weak secondary recently and have been making an effort to upgrade (such as drafting three defensive backs in the 2020 NFL Draft). Should the New York Giants get involved in trade talks for Darius Slay?

Darius Slay Trade Rumors

The Detroit Lions have to pay Darius Slay $13,368,750 in 2020 according to Spotrac. Slay is 29 years old and has one year left on his contract. Detroit seems ready to move on from Slay but wants to get something in return before he walks away fr nothing as a free agent in 2021.

The Giants could get in no the Darius Slay trade rumors, however, there will be a lot of competition. The Lions have already discussed a trade with “multiple teams” according to Adam Schefter. Whatever team trades for Darius Slay will have to be ready to pay him. He only has one year left on his current deal and desires a contract extension. The Giants have the money to pay him, but do they have the assets to trade for him?

Darius Slay Stats And Highlights

Darius “Big Play” Slay has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. He was selected to be a First-Team All-Pro in 2017. In that 2017 season, Slay had a phenomenal performance recording 8 interceptions and 26 passes defended. He has not been quite on that level over the past two seasons, but he has still been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

In 2018, Slay recorded 3 interceptions and 17 passes defended. This season, Darius took a step back as he was dealing with injuries. He played in 14 games, totaling 2 interceptions and 13 passes defended.

Darius Slay was targeted in coverage 93 times in 2018 and 94 times in 2019. In 2018, he allowed a completion percentage of 46.8% for 520 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2019, Slay allowed a completion percentage of 55.9% for 694 yards and 3 touchdowns. This step backward could signal that age is getting to Darius. But either way, he is still a highly efficient cornerback and would be a major upgrade in the secondary for most teams in the league.

New York Yankees Should Add Ken Giles

The New York Yankees have the main components of a championship team. They have the lineup to clobber opposing teams and give the pitchers ERAs that are as high as their temperatures, a rotation that can set hitters down with their eyes closed, and a bullpen that gives hitters nightmares to deal with. There’s no way this team can get much better right? With the signing of Gerrit Cole, the Yankees have restored their Evil Empire status, so they’ve already reclaimed their villainous throne. However what would make this team even more evil and great? Adding the power pitching Ken Giles to the bullpen.

Filling In For Betances

The New York Yankees lost prominent reliever Dellin Betances to the crosstown rival New York Mets. It’s a small victory for the Mets, but wouldn’t it be a classic Evil Empire move to the acquire a younger version of him who’s not going to be injured for most of the year. When looking at Ken Giles VS Dellin Betances, it’s clear that Betances is more dominant than Giles, however when looking at Giles’ 2019 you see a very Betances-like season.

53 IP
1.87 ERA
2.27 FIP
83 SO
14.1 SO/9
1.000 WHIP

With numbers like that, the Yankees would love to add Giles as a one-year rental and be their righty fireballer.

A Slider That Cannot Be Touched

Ken Giles slider takes filthy to a whole new level, being flat out dominant. When stacked against other sliders in baseball, it’s in the top tier of sliders. When stacked up against sliders, here’s how Giles holds up:

xSLG: .166 (11th out of 355)
ISO: .067 (3rd out of 355)
xBA: .119 (13th out of 355)

Fielding insane peripherals, Ken Giles’ slider is incredible and something that makes his slider incredible. When you are coming out of the bullpen, getting those big outs and having that money pitch is was defines a great reliever. If the Yankees want a great slider out of the ‘pen, Giles is their guy.

96+ Giles Per Hour

The New York Yankees have a lot of power pitchers, and having another would not hurt. Ken Giles is the definition of a power pitcher, as he is 35th out of 517 pitchers in average fastball velocity. With that number clocking in at 96.9 MPH, it’s no surprise that he blows batters away when he can effectively use it. This coming from the right-hand side can pair nicely with a closer like Chapman who does the same from the left side. The Yankees could add a workhorse with a cannon to the bullpen but at what price?

What Would It Take To Land Giles?

The New York Yankees would need to part with some prospects, but not too may for a reliever:

Blue Jays Recieve:
OF Clint Frazier
RHP Jonathon Loasiga

Yankees Recieve
RHP Ken Giles

The Yankees would send-off a power bat in Clint Frazier and a hard-throwing righty in Jonathon Loasiga, both are players with lots of potentials that simply don’t serve a role for the Yankees. The Yanks would get their guy for the bullpen and have the best bullpen in baseball without a doubt.

Would you make this deal if you’re the Yankees or Blue Jays? Let me know in the comments below.

Should the New York Yankees Acquire Kris Bryant?

New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant

The off-season is finally coming to an end, and with baseball back there’s a lot to look forward to in 2020. With the emergence of young teams after a wild offseason, there’s certainly a lot of competition in the league. One of those teams that are presumed to be competing are the Chicago Cubs, who have been in some trade talks. After winning a case against their former MVP winning Kris Bryant that allows them to retain an extra year of control, it seems as if their relationship has been severely damaged. This has led to the Cubs talking to other teams about a deal involving their star third baseman. One of those teams involved? The New York Yankees, but would it make sense for them to land the star 3B?

New York Yankees’ 3B Situation

The New York Yankees are in a peculiar spot at 3B. They have youngster Miguel Andujar and breakout star Giovanni Urshela as their main 3B options. Urshela is 28 and Andujar is going to be 25 in March. These two both have good cases as to why they should start at 3B, but both. raise huge question marks. Urshela has only had one good season and Andujar’s expected stats show he may not be as good as he’s shown alongside his brutal defense. With 3B not being a weak point but not being a strong point either, should the Yankees bring in the star slugger?

Why They Should Trade For Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant is a talent that is rarely seen in the MLB, a 28 year old who’s a 3-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year winner, and MVP winner. His career totals of a .901 OPS, 139 wRC+, .383 wOBA, and 27.8 fWAR in 5 seasons are really good. He’s a certified superstar, and a top 10 3B in baseball. His defense is mediocre, with -1 DRS at 3B, but it’s better than Urshela’s career -4 DRS at 3B. He also runs a 28.2 ft/sec speed, which is good for the 78th percentile. Andujar is close in speed but still slightly slower and Urshela isn’t particularly fast. The New York Yankees would be upgrading a ton at 3B, and would have an answer at 3B who’s the total package.

Why They Shouldn’t Trade For Kris Bryant

The price for such a talent isn’t cheap, and not even just in the monetary aspect. The Chicago Cubs are going to ask for a fortune for the 3B, as they won’t trade a superstar for scraps. They’re looking for players who are either impact-now or soon to be MLB ready prospects. This isn’t a matter of sending a few prospects in A ball, this is going to be trading your prized prospects. Then there’s Bryant’s free agency, which is coming in 2 years. He’s going to ask for a contract most likely of the same value if not greater than Anthony Rendon. He isn’t going to be cheap to resign, and the Yankees would be adding another $30+ million dollar deal to their payroll, with their core pieces having their free agency impending too. This deal could cripple the New York Yankees financially, and is something that is definitely going to be heavily considered.

Trying To Make a Deal?

The deal for Kris Bryant wouldn’t be a small one, you’d have to send over some premium prospects in order to land Bryant. If the New York Yankees were to do it, the deal would look a lot like this:

New York Yankees Receive:

3B/OF Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs Receive:

3B/1B/OF Miguel Andujar
OF Clint Frazier
OF Estevan Florial
RHP Deivi Garcia
RHP Michael King

This type of deal would send shockwaves across the MLB and would deplete the Yankees farm system quite a bit.

Would you make this deal if you were either team or is this a highway robbery?