New York Yankees’ Leaders Considering Drastic Moves During Lost Season
The trade deadline is approaching in Major League Baseball, and at the beginning of the season, the New York Yankees were likely expected to be "buyers" come August 1st.
Instead, the Yankees have slipped out of the American League Wild Card, and are facing a tough road ahead of them if they want to make it to the playoffs in 2023. With their offense sputtering, and Aaron Judge still on the injured list, Yankees' leadership is considering doing the unthinkable.
They may end up being sellers at the deadline, instead.
Reports Claim New York Yankees' Leadership Considering Selling at Deadline
A story penned by Andy Martino of SNY shared the shocking update that the leadership group of the New York Yankees is considering selling assets at the trade deadline, a move that is extremely uncommon for one of the most aggressive franchises in all of baseball.
Now, this could all end up changing by the time August 1st rolls around, but if this ends up being the Yankees' course of action, can you really blame them?
This season has been nothing short of a disaster in New York.
Nearly all of the moves made by GM Brian Cashman to build this Yankees' team into a winner have failed. Aaron Judge has missed considerable time on two separate occasions, just months after signing the third-richest contract in baseball history.
Then, we have the pitchers. Carlos Rodon was signed to a seven year contract, and after missing the entire first half of the season, he returned to the mound, and promptly blew a kiss to a group of angry fans after surrendering four runs in two innings.
Then, there's Frankie Montas. He's...well, he's nowhere to be found.
Couple the offseason moves with poor performances from players who were already on the roster (Stanton, Rizzo, LeMahieu, Donaldson), and there simply aren't a lot of reasons to believe that this group will magically turn the season around before the trade deadline hits.
So, if Cashman and Co. are forced into a position where they sell at the trade deadline, which players will be shown the door?
At this point, no one will take on Giancarlo Stanton's contract, nor will they take Josh Donaldson's, and DJ LeMahieu's value is as low as it's ever been. Anthony Rizzo might intrigue a contending team, but he's also worth keeping around for the future, given how much he brings to the clubhouse and the morale of the team.
Here are the players who the Yankees should consider selling, and who may bring them something valuable in return: Gleyber Torres, Harrison Bader, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Billy McKinney, Domingo German, Willie Calhoun and Greg Allen. Also, if you're in the bullpen, and your name isn't Holmes, Peralta, Marinaccio or King, then there may be a deal to make, as well.
The goal, though painful, will be simple: recoup assets, and prepare yourself for a crucial offseason ahead of the 2024 campaign.