Addressing the Offense

The Yankees offense was mostly anemic in 2021, as anyone who watched the majority of the games can attest. We have all identified the areas where changes could and should be made. Here are some ideas I came up with to address the offense. Are these moves perfect? Probably not, but I'm also not sitting in the GM seat for the Yankees! Could these types of moves be made/packages tweaked to either obtain the players in question, or others of similar caliber? Maybe. Are my ideas realistic in terms of the trades being balanced? Let me know!

The first move is not a trade, but a free agent signing of Corey Seager. While not great with the glove, he is adequate at SS and his left-handed bat will fit nicely into my new lineup. I also feel like Seager can move to 2B or 3B down the road, if necessary as our middle infield prospects make their way up the ladder.

Blockbuster deal #1 - Trade Gleyber Torres, Luis Medina, Estevan Florial and Clint Frazier to the Baltimore Orioles for Cedric Mullins. If that package is not strong enough, add to it. Mullins solves our CF issue with power, speed and defense. If Mullins is at all attainable, short of sending Anthony Volpe or Jasson Dominguez, get it done.

Deal #2 (not quite a blockbuster, but I'm sure it will be controversial) - Trade Luke Voit and Oswald Peraza to the Cincinnati Reds for Joey Votto and Nick Senzel. Making this move does a number of things. First of all, I realize Votto is old and expensive. With this acquisition I'm banking on his bounceback season this year continuing, even with some regression, for the next 2 years. He likely won't block anyone like Austin Wells from taking the job a few years down the line. In the meantime, he adds another lefty bat to the lineup with power and patience. Senzel adds versatility and up until the last year or so was considered a top prospect in the game. He can play all over the infield as well as the outfield. Yes, he comes with injury question marks (which is why he'd likely be available in the first place) but the ability to pretty much play any position is a huge asset and potential upgrade over Tyler Wade. This deal not only removes Voit from the equation, but also allows the Yankees to let Rizzo go.

New lineup:

CF - Cedric Mullins

2B - D.J. LeMahieu

RF - Aaron Judge

1B - Joey Votto

DH - Giancarlo Stanton

SS - Corey Seager

LF - Joey Gallo

3B - Gio Urshela

C - Gary Sanchez (**)

BN - Kyle Higashioka (C)

BN - Aaron Hicks (OF)

BN - Nick Senzel (INF/OF)

I added the asterisks next to Sanchez' name, as I had also considered expanding the deal with the Reds to include a catcher swap of Sanchez for Tucker Barnhart. Barnhart is a weak bat (career OPS + of 83) but is a defensive upgrade with 2 Gold Gloves in the past. I realize there are issues with this idea and that's why I'm on the fence about it. I think we could absorb a bad bat in the catcher's slot if we upgrade the defense.

Lastly, I would potentially kick the tires on J.D. Davis of the Mets. He is a 3B but can also play LF if needed. Maybe a deal of Urshela and a pitching prospect would get it done (Waldichuk)? I like the lineup above with Davis in it over Urshela.

What do you think?

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