Wednesday, January 18, 2017

If Watson Isn’t Available, What About Antonio Bastardo?


Hello again Yankees fans and welcome back! Earlier today we returned in a big way asking the New York Yankees organization to trade Michael Pineda to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed reliever Tony Watson and once again we’re back with another idea. A Plan B of sorts because one always needs a Plan B. What if Tony Watson isn’t available? Who would the Yankees use in their seemingly depleted and thin middle relief core? What about Watson’s teammate and a target of the Yankees an offseason ago or two, Antonio Bastardo?

The New York Yankees were said to be interested in a Justin Wilson reunion earlier this offseason which brings me to one post I made which compared Wilson to Bastardo. The post in a nutshell showed comparable numbers across the board between the two players which means if Wilson was thought to be too rich for the Yankees blood that Bastardo could be a comparable, and arguably better, replacement for the Yankees middle relief in 2017.

Bastardo is a free agent to be at the end of the season meaning it likely wouldn’t cost much to acquire him and where the Pirates lack the most the Yankees may have a lot to give. Pittsburgh is severely lacking in the catching department meaning that a young catcher prospect with upside like a Donnie Sands could be used as trade bait for a season of Bastardo without the organization mission a beat. Sands was an 8th round pick in 2015 and isn’t expected to be ready for the Major Leagues until around or after the time Francisco Cervelli becomes a free agent after the 2019 season.


The Pirates have a ton of left-handed bullpen depth and the Yankees would like some middle relief help heading into the season so it makes sense that these two teams could match up in a trade. Watson is the prize here but Bastardo wouldn’t make the world consolation prize the Yankees could fetch, and he’d cost a heck of a lot less too in the long run. Either way Cash, get one or both done. 

4 comments:

  1. Daniel....Trust your stuff.
    Pineda should be moved. Could the team get more ? Who knows.
    Watson, in an expanded trade, great!
    Bastardo ( great name for a wrestler ) is fine also. But not
    even up for Pineda.

    Welcome back. Were you and your wife hitting the Florida Keys
    for some quality time ? Or, were you wandering around Lowes / Depot ?

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  2. Back to work Daniel, without you around, I got bored as hell. Don't read what I wrote, if you do, the one thing I am sure is our BP will be very good this year.

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  3. I've been around patrick. Just nothing to talk about. So I haven't been talking LOL.

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  4. It would be nice to have another Left Hander in the BP!

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