Free agency is a good way to build a team without giving anything up.

By signing free agents, a team just parts with cold hard cash in exchange for a player they hope will increase their win total. If it doesn’t work out, that money just becomes a sunk cost, but it’s not hard for a Major League Baseball team to make that money back.

Trades, meanwhile, are more risky. Hitting big on a trade can change the entire trajectory of a franchise overnight, but it also carries the possibility of blowing up tremendously.

The Yankees find themselves in a position where they kind of need to take a big swing. This team could lose a substantial amount of its 2022 roster, and without bringing in some new blood, they could be staring at an uphill battle in the American League East. There’s no shortage of free agents who could help, but as Brian Cashman peruses the trade market, he should zero in on a few options.

Shohei Ohtani would take a Godfather offer, and the Yankees likely wouldn’t be able to pry Zac Gallen from the Diamondbacks without dealing Oswald Peraza or a similarly-valued prospect, but there are definitely some pitchers they should check in on.


The package for either of these guys probably starts with Gleyber Torres, by far the Yankees’ most interesting big-league trade chip. Getting Lopez away from the perpetually rebuilding Marlins would also probably take a blue chip prospect.

The Yankees have the players to make that happen, and Lopez is the type of reliable pitcher that significantly raises their floor. Plugging him into a rotation with Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino means the Yankees, health provided, would be able to pitch their way at least into the Wild Card conversation no matter what happens to their offense. Lopez, who is just 26 and doesn’t reach unrestricted free agency until after the 2024 season, is also ripe for the type of extension that the Marlins tend to avoid.

Trading for Lopez and immediately giving him a long-term contract makes sense, and if Cashman really wants to go for a blockbuster, Jazz Chisholm Jr. could come over as well. That would certainly necessitate a top prospect or two heading to Miami along with Torres, but it would also make the Yankees better and eminently more watchable. The Yankees have a glut of middle infield prospects as …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


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