Q: What do you call a 26 year old reliever with an electric fastball, a 2.03 ERA and a K/9 over 15, who is under team control through 2019?
A: Trade bait.
Dellin Betances is a tremendous luxury for Joe Girardi. With David Robertson and Shawn Kelley locking up the late innings, Girardi is using Betances when he needs multiple innings. In 6 of his 9 appearances this month, Betances has pitched when the score was 4+ runs one way or the other.
Adding a marginally competent everyday infielder would help prevent Yangervis Solarte, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson from being overexposed (and probably result in one of them being cut/ optioned/ traded). While half of you are ready to push me from the concourse for suggesting trading a young, cost controlled player, half of you realize that a reliever with a history of control problems couldn't get a deal done on his own (unless Ninja Cashman!).
Could Pablo Sandoval's recent Cano-esque contract demands put him on the block? Could Chase Headley's trade finally be upon us after years of speculation (and a start as brutal as Sandoval's)?
Expect the Yankees to upgrade their infield in the next three months, and expect the cost to hurt.