Friday, July 31, 2015

Imagining a Rotation with David Price

The July 31st trade deadline in Major League Baseball is either the most fun time you have ever had as a fan or one of the more frustrating times as a fan. Nobody likes to see their team lose so when your team is either not acquiring pieces that they need or selling off major pieces as the franchise looks to rebuild it can be frustrating. At the same time it can be a great time to be a fan as hopes are high and it almost feels like Opening Day all over again if your team made the moves it needed to make in order to reach the postseason. The Yankees haven’t made many moves yet that make me feel confident about winning a World Series in 2015, not that they needed to do much in my opinion, but a rotation that would have had David Price in it could have be extremely scary for other teams and extremely fun to watch for us, the fans.

The Yankees seem enamored with the fact that CC Sabathia is still a suitable starting pitcher and not a pitcher that finds a bone every once in a while. An acquisition of Price would either, likely to anyway, move Sabathia completely out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen as a long reliever and LOOGY (check his LHP vs. RHB splits) or at least move him out of starting in a five-game or seven-game series in the playoffs. The acquisition of Price would also make Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, question marks, struggles and all, the best #2 and #3 pitchers in the league in my very humble, yet very bias, opinion.

1.       David Price
2.       Masahiro Tanaka
3.       Michael Pineda (if healthy)
4.       Nathan Eovaldi
5.       CC Sabathia/Ivan Nova

Having Price start twice in a short playoff series and three times in a seven-game series is huge for the Yankees. Having Tanaka, Pineda and the combination of Eovaldi, Sabathia and Nova behind them would make this a team to be reckoned with in October. Even if New York had to give up one of Eovaldi or Nova to acquire Price it may be worth it for the ring, especially if New York sticks to their guns and demanded an extension with Price in order to execute a trade. I guess since Price is now in Toronto the Yankees and their fans may never know. 

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