Friday, July 31, 2015

Rough day for Yankees leads to ramped up trade speculation

The New York Yankees have had better days than they endured Thursday. Names the Yankees were interested in on the trade market came off, Michael Pineda was placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain and they lost their game in walk-off fashion.

It looks as though the Yankees will use this final non-waiver trading day to grab a top-flight reliever, having been linked to both Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. They’ve most recently been linked to Carter Capps as a backup plan should either the Padres or Reds want one of the “untouchables” (Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Greg Bird and to a lesser extent Jorge Mateo) prospects in return.

The reliever over starter mindset here is based on the Yankees wanting to shorten games to six (or even five innings) by utilizing an extremely deep and ultra-talented bullpen. It also has a lot to do with the quality of the starting pitchers still on the market who would not cost one of the players mentioned above.

The rotation is still an issue with CC Sabathia being flat-out awful and Pineda’s injury. However, the club has internal options to fill the rotation void until Pineda can come back. They can use any combination of Adam Warren (would need to be stretched back out), Bryan Mitchell or Severino.

Finally, if the Yankees cannot reach an agreement for Kimbrel, Chapman or Capps they don’t exactly have a problematic bullpen situation with Warren, Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller carrying the load.

I agree with the Yankees not wanting to add the main three to a deal, but would be fine with Mateo in one IF it brings a controllable starter and reliever (Tyson Ross and Kimbrel) for example. I've never seen Mateo play and understand he could be great, but he's pretty far off and anything can happen. A deal like this makes Yanks much better now and for a couple more seasons.

It should be an exciting day.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.