I think dumping Donaldson will be addition by subtraction.I don't think I would want this guy around any of my young players.So I think the Yankee 40 man roster is full again, although clearly they need more position players and fewer pitchers.
SP (9): Cole, Cortes, Severino, Montas, German, Schmidt, Brito, Krook, Vasquez
RP (16) : Holmes, Loaisiga, King, Kahnle, Marinaccio, Luetge, Peralta, Trevino, Weissert, Abreu, Cordero, Fernandez, Garcia, Gomez, Effross, Gil
C (3): Trevino, Higashioka, Rortvedt
IF (7): Rizzo, Torres, LeMahieu, Peraza, Cabrera, IKF, Donaldson
OF (5): Stanton, Bader, Hicks, Florial, Pereira
I was always scared of New York signing Michael Brantley and watching him hit 30 home runs in Yankee Stadium, but he's probably too old and damaged at this point in his career.I don't like any of the available left fielders at the price they will command, I'd prefer just to play Oswaldo there until Dominguez or Pereira is ready to step in, or trade for Reynolds. The offense will be better with the kids involved plus hopefully a healthy DJ, and the rotation would be the best in baseball with Rodon added to Cole, Cortes, Severino and Montas.
I laughed.Package deal with Joey Gallo maybe.
Yes, and I think they most certainly are, minus a big ticket SS. Which I'm not convinced they would have done anyway, even if Judge went to SD or SF.Shouldn’t the Yankees be doing some of these things anyway?
That all makes a lot of sense, although I think Cashman probably sent too much for Montas to flip him, similar to Gallo last year (both acquired with a year plus 2 months of control left), maybe it could happen at the deadline.If the Yankees do wind up with Rodon, they're gonna have some roster problems. I think if it happens, they finally trade German or flip Montas.
Starter depth is already strong and becomes quite obvious why Cashman traded Monty.
German packaged with Donaldson for nothing considerable. IKF and Torres are held for depth.
That sounds crazy in a super heated market like this one unless Boras is offering two-for-one deals in the bargain aisle. Which of course is nonsense.
Seems to me like Boras isn't hearing the numbers that he expects for Correa given the current baseline for SS contracts. Wants "Yankees" and "Correa" to be printed in the same sentence out in the media sphere. I don't doubt that the Yankees are in on Rodon of course.
But who knows. It's silly season.
That makes sense, given that reports about Rodon have basically dried upAlso this may be wildly wrong but I kind of think NY and Rodon may have agreed on a deal already but NY is waiting to announce it. NY is at 39 guys on the 40 man and have yet to officially announce Judge or Kahnle, so they may be trying to finish a trade or two before announcing FA signings (if they did it in the reverse order, it would start the clock on having to clear 40 man space).
I think the Padres are going to be playing Tatis in the OF this season (he played a handful of games there last season) because they have Xander at SS now. I'd assume he'd be playing LF on a Yankees team with someone else at SS.On top of his other issues, Tatis is a pretty bad defensive SS, seems like a square peg in a round hole for NY. If SD wants to eat half his deal and give him up for nothing, then I'm sure Cashman would be interested, but I don't think he is moving anywhere.
FWIW, Baseball Trade Values (not always right, but it's the only option) has that exchange favoring MIL:Well, I would like that for sure obviously. But it feels like the Yankees would need to toss in some prospect chips. Which I would be OK with.
I just don't see why MIL would do it. Presumably if they are trading Woodruff that would want some chips that help them down the line.FWIW, Baseball Trade Values (not always right, but it's the only option) has that exchange favoring MIL:
But I'd throw in Gleyber (11.6) if needed.
That seems like not enough for MilwaukeeIf we're posting over-the-top rumors (Michael Kay does keep saying publicly that Yankee execs keep telling him they are working on a big deal in addition to Rodon), the one just rumored is:
Donaldson, Montas and Hicks for Yelich and Woodruff plus maybe some cash.
Yelich has 6/156 left, Woodruff is controlled through 2024 (and isn't cheap, $13M this year so probably $18M or $20M next year), Donaldson/Hicks/Montas will make about $42M combined this year and Yelich/Woodruff $39M, plus Yelich would fill NY's LF hole (he was average there defensively last year) and if NY also signed Rodon, they would have the ridiculous rotation of:
This would also help NY after 2023, as they'd only have one SP FA (Severino) to possibly replace instead of two (Severino/Montas).
So as far as over-the-top trade rumors, this one makes sense to me. It's also somewhat along the lines of the deal Cashman made to get Yelich's old Marlins buddy Stanton, where they included Starlin Castro's remaining two years to somewhat balance the giant deal they would be taking on.
They'd be getting out of paying Yelich $26M per year through 2028, and they could flip Montas mid-season and Adames now (after adding Donaldson/Gleyber to the IF) for prospects if they wanted.I just don't see why MIL would do it. Presumably if they are trading Woodruff that would want some chips that help them down the line.
2022 bWAR:That seems like not enough for Milwaukee