Well the 2017 Major League Baseball season is officially over and congratulations to the Houston Astros for winning their first World Series title. It was a heck of a series that carried over from an insane American League Championship Series which ended the Yankees season. Now what will we make of the NY Yankees Trade Tracker activity and the team’s plans for them during the MLB hot stove season.
As I have repeatedly said, this past year was a rebuilding year and not a season the club was supposed to contend. The ALCS birth was an unexpected bonus. This was the year that the young guys got their feet wet while the club watched to see what they had. This was also a year to clear excess salary and expiring contracts off the books and reset before the 2018 MLB free agency bonanza. NY Yankees trade activity will be coming, make no mistake about that. It could be clearing the 40-man roster, moves during the Winter Meetings and everything above, around, and beyond that. That is where the Yankees trade tracker comes in. The Yankees trade tracker is a companion to the Yankees free agency tracker that can be found here.
Yankees Trade Tracker – 40-Man Roster Moves
Quick thoughts: This deal was about padding the pool of international bonus money to chase Shohei Ohtani while getting rid of players not on 40-man roster while adding an arm who does create roster pressure.
Quick Thoughts: Herrera projected as a possible middle of the rotation guy someday and was on the 40-man roster. He was not going to stick on the roster and would have been lost so the Yankees add a possible situational reliever that does not require 40-man protection.
Yankees Trade Tracker – Larger Scale Moves
Quick thoughts: Lets call this exactly what it is folks. A salary dump by the New York Yankees. Blash has zero shot of every making the club and the Yankees wanted to be sure they had some wiggle room while staying under the luxury tax threshold.
Quick thoughts: At face value many Yankee fans will say the Bombers last need was another bat let alone one in the outfield. But when you get the opportunity to pick up Stanton, the reigning 2017 NL MVP, under control for at least three years and possibly more you cannot pass that up. Pitching is still important but this has no effect on that action. Now you have a 2-3-4 of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton. Strikeouts are a concern as is a shift to left but he is dynamic and could not be passed up.
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