The New York Yankees
Current Record: 34-23 1st in AL East
The Yankees were anticipating a two year rebuild and re-tool, much like what the Cubs went through when they were big time sellers in 2014. Well, that window has opened quickly big time, much like the Cubs in their own rebound from 2014-2015. Young stars are leading the charge and the Yankees looked primed for a postseason appearance. The big question mark for them is always the pitching staff. They score a ton of runs, but can their staff keep them off the board? They don’t need to worry about that with the bullpen, so starter arms are likely the focus of their “trade energy.” That means Cueto and Moore.
The big question surrounding the Yankees is the same as the Cubs, “Are they willing to give up prospects?”. They are not going to give up Gleyber Torres, but the Giants should be asking in earnest about Clint Frazier. A top ten outfield prospect, and top twenty MLB prospect overall, he’s a right handed power bat that would slot perfectly into left field. Another player the Giants could ask on is Chance Adams, a stud right handed starter in their farm system. Dustin Fowler, also a five tool outfielder in their farm system, might be the best outfield prospect they could get from them if Clint Frazier is off the table.
I’m sure the Yankees would love someone like Joe Panik, as they asked for him in the apparent Andrew Miller talks between the two clubs last offseason. But Eduardo Nunez may be the perfect super-utility position player they’re looking for.
If they happen to throw one of those position players into a trade, you can expect one or more of the prospects I mentioned above. Two contributing big-leaguers is worth a lot, and the Yankees set that bar. We’ll just have to see who is on their “do not touch” list.