Trade deadline: Discussion and news

ThePrideofShiner

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Areas that can use improving: First, third, bullpen.

First base
What do the Yankees do about first base? The Athletic has a story up this morning suggesting that the Yankees could/should go after Paul Goldschmidt.

While that seems like a fun fantasy baseball move, I'm not sure what to do about Rizzo.

He's still providing a good glove at first, but his bat is a wet noodle these days. I have a very hard time seeing them benching Rizzo, but maybe they will be cut throat since this is the best team in awhile.

Third base
I don't actually think they will do anything here. DJLM is going to get his chance to hold that job down all summer, is my assumption.

Bullpen
Blake and company have been brilliant at turning players like Tonkin and Weaver into lights out relievers, but I think this is still a place they could use some depth in.
 

jon abbey

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One thing to keep an eye on is that Cashman likes to look ahead when possible, and they have many relievers hitting FA this winter:

Holmes
Kahnle
Loaisiga
Ferguson

They have put some guys in place who are under control longer:

Hamilton
Weaver
Tonkin
Gonzalez
Marinaccio
Burdi

But this is all in flux.

As for 1B, Ben Rice is ready, Agustin Ramirez is maybe ready and on the 40 man already, they do have internal options to try. 2B/3B is more of a mess but they'll probably hope to get Berti back and piece it together from there.

Something else to remember is that Cashman does not like messing with the chemistry of a team going well. In 2015, NY had a 6 game lead in the division at the deadline, Cashman didn't want to mess with that. TOR traded for David Price and went flying by NY, 53-51 at the deadline and 40-18 after that, to win the division by 6 games.
 

Jace II

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Rizzo to Goldschmidt is not super exciting (Goldschmidt's K rate has gone up the last 2 years in a row and he's been barely better than Rizzo this year), but maybe if there was barely any other cost to the deal it would be worth it. In the absence of better alternatives. Just going to Ben Rice might be a better alternative.
 

jon abbey

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Yeah that Athletic article was terrible, but to be fair, I think it's harder to guess Cashman's upcoming moves than it's ever been.
 

jon abbey

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Think there's any way NY could get MIN to sell high on Royce Lewis for 3B before he gets hurt again?
 

j-man

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my big Q is can we re-sign soto for 500 mil or less soto give the yankees 10 ex wins a season i wouild do 12 y 500 mil opt out after 2030
 

jon abbey

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Soto does loom over future Yankee decisions, but that's not a trading deadline topic.
 

jon abbey

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Yeah, not a trade deadline thing, more of an emergency fill-in thing.

Groshans was a waiver pickup this winter who couldn't even stick in AAA for NY, he was in AA.

Davis is an interesting emergency fill-in, he can play adequate 1B, less than adequate 3B and he hits lefties well, which is good in the short-term as NY is scheduled to face a bunch this week.