Could One Trade Cure All?Posted: July 17, 2011
As the trade season has started to heat up, all the talk has been about the Yankees pursuing Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda before the July 31 deadline. But Kuroda is getting looked at by many teams, including the Red Sox and and Jimenez might not be dealt by the Rockies if they feel that there isn’t a good enough deal on the table. Where would the Yankees turn then?
Well, we know that besides starting pitching, the Bombers also need a lefty reliever and if possible a bench bat that could also fill Alex Rodriguez’s shoes for the short-term. A few days ago, I discussed players for the latter and Omar Infante of the Marlins came up. As it turns out, Infante has two teammates that would be very good first for the Yankees – lefty reliever Randy Choate and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
Randy Choate was a free agent this past off-season, but of course the Bombers decided to sign the guy with a lot more innings on his arm for more money (Pedro Feliciano). As the Florida loogy, Choate has been dominant striking out more than eleven per nine innings while pitching to a 0.92 ERA. He has also held lefties to a .093 batting average and has a 0.56 FIP. I think it goes without saying that he would be much more effective than Boone Logan, who would probably be DFA’d if this trade were to occur.
Next is Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez, 27, has one more year of team control after this one so if he’s not gonna be traded this season, he would probably go next season if the Marlins don’t contend. He has very good numbers so far this season striking out more than nine per nine innings and walking less than three per nine while pitching to a 3.27 FIP. He is also missing more bats than ever before, increasing his percentage by more than 2%. This all being said, the Yankees would probably have to include a Dellin Betances in this trade in order to pry him away.
Speaking of the return, the rest of the package probably wouldn’t have to be too much since a lefty reliever and a spare infielder don’t usually cost too much. Maybe two or three lower level guys. However, there is no doubt, the package will have to be centered around Betances, Manny Banuelos, or another stud.
I’m not saying this is the deal that the Bombers will make or should make, but it clearly addresses their needs. I’m sure Brian Cashman has his eyes on the three players mentioned above, but the question is whether he’ll pull the trigger because as we all know by now, Cash has trouble parting with his top prospects for proven MLB talent.