Merely a year ago, the Red Sox made a major trade with the Dodgers, whereby the Red Sox shed significant payroll, only to ultimately field a better team one year later. Now we have the Yankees eerily reminding us of the post-Mantle and post-Reggie Yankees, heading toward the bottom of the sea. Could a similar blockbuster help out the Yankees?
The Dodgers have shown that they still are inclined to spend. Could the Yankees package the pitching that the Dodgers want to get at their top prospects. The Dodgers have 3 top prospects: Joc Pederson, who plays OF. Zach Lee, who is a SP and Corey Seager, who is a ss (possibly a 3b). Could the Yanks use something involving Sabathia and/or Kuroda to land these pieces in some combination or maybe trigger a 3rd team to be involved in the mix, such as St Louis to bring in say, Matt Adams or Arizona to bring in say Matt Davidson. If the Yankees landed say Zach Lee, Matt Davidson or Matt Adams and either Pederson or Seager, that would be huge toward building the Yankees resurgence.
I do not presume who is available. What I do know is that, based on the current status of things, after this year, on paper, the Yankees will have even more holes than they do now, making them more likely to be even a worse team even if Teixeira and Jeter are healthy. (I am assuming Jeter is retained.) After this season, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Granderson, Overbay, Hafner and Youkilis will be free agents among others. Of the starting pitchers left, even assuming CC return to his former self, the Yankees have a lot of question marks as no one left of that bunch, other than Pineda, projects as anything more than a 3-5 pitcher. Meanwhile, while I will be glad to be rid of most of the bats mentioned (provided none are cut before season end), the Yankees offense still has major needs which will become even greater when Jeter retires. However, the FA pool in 2014 is weak and at the rate things are going, 2015 is looking weaker by the day. Meanwhile, if the Yankees hold to their budget constraints for 2014, they will be hamstrung though it would help if ARod is suspended for most of the year. A blockbuster like the one stated would help.
Additionally, to solve their pitching needs, the Yankees should try for a young ace, e.g,, Danny Hultzen. I do not know whether he could be had but believe that one of the big 3 OFers plus a couple other lesser though solid prospects might work and could be worth it. The Yankees are now deep in OF prospects but none who are close and none other than the recent picks who have expected upside of a top pitching prospect like Hultzen. Just one more blockbuster to consider.
The Yankees title teams were built upon the type of prospects the Yankees do not yet have. While they could exist, no one looks close to ready. Time to change that.