The trade deadline has come and gone, and been gone for several days now. We’ve had time to think about the trades Brian Cashman and the Yankees made. All four incoming players have seen game time for the team.
Now that we have some space from the immediate aftermath of the deadline, it’s time to ask: what do you think of the Yankees’ trade deadline moves?
While none of the names acquired are, in theory, game changing aces, the Yankees did make some upgrades to their rotation and bullpen. Zach Britton and J.A. Happ were the major names picked up by the Yankees, and both have had solid performances in pinstripes.
Happ is now on the DL with hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and Britton has had one pretty bad outing, but even with that, both are undoubtedly upgrades over the likes of Chasen Shreve and Domingo German.
The other pitcher acquired was a bit of a surprise. Cashman picked up Lance Lynn from the Twins. It seemed a bit strange to get another starter considering it wasn’t a massive ace-level upgrade. However, Lynn already showed his potential usefulness, relieving a bad Sonny Gray, and throwing a couple scoreless innings on Wednesday. Since then Aaron Boone decided to drop Gray from the rotation, so it turns out the trade for depth was extremely useful.
The fourth player brought in was the least heralded in Luke Voit. The first baseman has played 70 games over the last two seasons with the Cardinals, but was arguably the less important piece of that trade for the Yankees. (The international money they got back could be useful.) Voit went 0-for-4 during his debut last night.
Now, let’s talk about who the Yankees gave up in all these trades.
Several pieces of the major league bullpen were shipped away in the form of Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, and Giovanny Gallegos. Shreve and Gallegos were both sent away for Voit, and I don’t think anyone is losing any sleep over them being gone.
Warren leaving is a bit more controversial, especially considering the Yankees just got bonus pool money in return. He definitely was a useful piece at times during this second stint with the team, but it appears the Yankees saw him as expendable.
The other major league players sent away were Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney in the Happ trade, and Tyler Austin in the Lynn trade. Thanks to a lengthy DL stint, Drury lost the third base slot to Miguel Andujar, who never loosened his grasp on the position. Drury never did anything wrong really, but he was made expendable.
McKinney got off to a really hot start in Triple-A, and quickly got a call to the majors after some injuries. Unfortunately for him, he also got injured and never got another shot with the Yankees after that.
Austin got off to a good start to the season, but struggled after a while, and when Greg Bird returned, there was no regular spot in the lineup for him.
On the prospect side of things, the highest rated person to depart was Dillon Tate. The pitcher was sent away in the Britton trade, after having been acquired by the Yankees in the Carlos Beltran deal in 2016.
Josh Rogers and Cody Carroll weren’t as highly rated, but both were having good, solid seasons in Triple-A. They maybe didn’t have an ace-level ceiling, but both have potential to be options at the major league level. Carroll actually made his major league debut against the Yankees, and threw a scoreless inning.
There was also Luis Rijo, who was dealt away in the Lynn deal, but he is still very young.
Despite all these trades, the Yankees managed to hold onto their top prospects in the likes of Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier.
So, with all that in mind, what do you think of the haul the Yankees brought in at the deadline? Gave up too much? Got away with robbery? Vote in the poll below, and tell us what you think!
What do you think of the Yankees’ 2018 trade deadline moves?
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I like most of them, but I have some questions.
The Yankees didn’t do enough.