Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Very Complicated Deal That Comes With a Very Complicated Thread Title That Could Lead the Yankees to the World Series in 2017

The New York Yankees are said to be approaching the 2017 July 31st trading deadline as “cautious buyers” according to many reports over the break. What that means is anyone’s guess and is totally open to interpretation thus making any trade rumor, proposal or idea technically not out of the realm of possibilities which brings me to an extremely complicated trade proposal with the Philadelphia Phillies that could not only propel the Yankees back to the top of the American League East Division but maybe to the top of the American League in general as well.

It’s no secret that the Yankees need and are looking for bullpen help at the trade deadline as well as some first base help which leads me to the Phillies RHP Pat Neshek and power-hitting first baseman Tommy Joseph. The Phillies are in the midst of a rebuild so presumably their GM Matt Klentak would ask for prospects in return for the duo and that is something that the Yankees have plenty of.

Every rebuilding teams needs prospects and honestly it doesn’t look like the Phillies will be competing any time soon. With this in mind the Yankees could likely get away with sending players with higher upside but that are farther away from the Major Leagues in the deal. The first four names that really came to mind for me were RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Jose Guzman and third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Andujar is essentially blocked at third base due to Gleyber Torres being blocked by Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius as second base and shortstop so moving Andujar now while his stock is high may make the most sense for the Yankees and the 22-year old. Adding in power arms that the team received from the Houston Astros in the Brian McCann trade like Guzman and Abreu would sweeten the pot although I would likely only include one of them AND Dillon Tate. The Phillies aren’t getting all three, even if the stock is pretty low on Tate right now and the stock for Joseph and Neshek are pretty high.

I don’t claim to be a prospects expert and I don’t claim to even know all that much about the state of the Phillies system but I do know one thing, when you are rebuilding you take upside and talent and worry about finding a place to play them all later. That’s my line of thinking in this trade, would that package be enough to get it done? I’m not sure but certainly that would be a great starting point. Make the call, Cash. 

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