Are the New York Yankees targeting Kyle Schwarber?

New York Yankees, Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs

We are just a couple of days away from the trade deadline and the New York Yankees are making moves. Last night, The Bombers sent a clear signal that they plan on buying at the trade deadline this year.

The Yankees traded away Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds. By trading Cessa and Wilson to the Reds, the Yankees freed up two roster spots and they freed up a little salary space.

It is being widely reported that Brian Cashman is engaged on a number of fronts. However, the Yankees seem to be maintaining that they will not deal the best prospects in their system at the deadline this year.

So forget your dreams of the Yankees potentially acquiring a Trea Turner. Instead, a lot of rental options are in play. Trevor Story has been linked to the Yankees for weeks and Jon Heyman reported that Cashman has made an offer to the Rockies.

Now, that offer was said to be weak and uninteresting to Colorado. However, it shows that Cashman is interested. There’s also been talks of Starling Marte, Max Kepler, and Joey Gallo.

Gallo and Kepler appear less likely to me at the moment because of the prospect premium that it would cost the Yankees. However, there’s a new name that’s generating interest on the market and it’s a name that Brian Cashman knows well.

Will the Yankees finally get their guy?

The Washington Nationals are in full sell-mode at the moment. It’s been reported that nobody outside of Juan Soto is untouchable for the Nats. Max Scherzer is expected to be dealt as soon as today.

Trea Turner could be on the block and despite nursing a hamstring injury, Kyle Schwarber is generating trade interest. Schwarber so far this season is hitting .253 with an OBP of .340. Not too mention the fact that he’s slugged 25 home runs and drove in 53 runs.

Schwarber swings it from the left-side which has been a monumental weakness for the Yankees. If the Yankees were to go out and acquire Schwarber, he would instantly be the team leader in both home runs and RBIs.

Schwarber is signed through this season with a mutual option and a buy-out after this season. Brian Cashman has always loved Kyle Schwarber. When the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in 2016, Schwarber was the guy they wanted.

However, they settled for Gleyber Torres in the end. Over the years, the Yankees have tried on numerous occasions to get Schwarber and it never worked out. Perhaps, this year could be the year.

Again, because of the injury, the interest is not known, but I guarantee the Yankees are interested. Schwarber could play in the outfield and he would give them the help they need from the left side of the plate. This is a name I would definitely watch between now and the deadline.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman just doesn’t get it

New York Yankees, Brian Cashman

If you’re a New York Yankees fan, the last few weeks have been incredibly depressing. A few weeks ago, the Yankees were looked at as a team that could win a World Series. Now, they are tied for second place in the division in a virtual free fall.

The Yankees were abysmal again last night. The bombers had a 4-0 lead and a 7-4 lead during the game against the Mets. The Yankees blew both leads and were walked off again by the Mets. The Yanks are now 4-10 in their last 14 games with no signs of improvement.

The one hope for Yankees fans everywhere was the trade deadline. The team needed something to lift their spirits. Whether it be a big-time reliever or a starter, the team needed something. Instead, Yankees GM Brian Cashman stood pat for the second consecutive deadline.

Cashman is a problem for the Yankees

I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t believe that Brian Cashman is terrible at his job. Clearly, he’s done some great things and pulled off good deals in his tenure as the Yankees GM. However, he has one giant flaw that has cost this team over and over.

If Cashman feels that any deal is risky when it comes to giving up prospects, he won’t do it. He won’t make the sacrifice of prospects who might not pan out to improve the present Yankees. That is something that’s continuing to cost this team.

We have seen teams make moves where they had to give up very good prospects for proven MLB talent that has translated to a WS. The Royals in 2015 traded top pitching prospect Sean Manaea for Ben Zobrist and they traded Brandon Finnegan for Johnny Cueto.

In 2016, the Cubs traded Gleyber Torres to the Yankees for a few months of Aroldis Chapman. Both of those teams paid steep cost in giving up prospects, but both teams won a World Series. Isn’t that worth it?

I’m so sick of the narrative that prospects are not worth MLB proven talent. Prospects do not always pan out. I’ll again remind the folks at home that Brian Cashman refused to trade Miguel Andujar and Chance Adams for Gerrit Cole. Yeah, the same Chance Adams that can’t even hold a roster spot with the last place Royals.

One World Series since 2004

The Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since 2009. Yes, we’ve seen prospects like Aaron Judge and Luis Severino come up and become stars for the team, but the Yankees haven’t won anything. Cashman refuses to do anything where he might have to look back and go, “I probably shouldn’t have done that deal.”

Of course trading good prospects is risky. But at the end of the day, great general managers take risks to get their team a World Series. Brian Cashman has had the Yankees resources and the team has been to one World Series in 17 years.

As long as Brian Cashman remains conservative, you’re going to see years like this. The Yankees are drowning right now, and instead of making a deadline deal for someone who could help save the club, Cashman has clung to the lifeboat praying that everyone can come back healthy.

Winning the World Series is about taking action to improve the team, and not living on a prayer. The Yankees are in deep trouble right now, and maybe one day Hal Steinbrenner will finally intervene the way that George used to.