As weird as it was to see last year, Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman were trade partners. That deal brought Alfonso Soriano to the Bronx before last year’s trade deadline in a move that was needed at the time. Even though the Yankees failed to land Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija in a trade, there is still some sense to be made in a trade between the two clubs.
It’s easy to imagine that one of the shortstops in the Cubs’ organization will wind up in NY next year through trade, given needs of NYM,NYY
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 5, 2014
The Cubs not only have Starlin Castro locked up for the next few years, but they got Addison Russell in the trade with Oakland on top of having Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara who are top 100 prospects in their own right.
With Derek Jeter retiring after this year and without a real option to replace him anywhere in the organization (sorry Brendan Ryan), they could just dip into the free agent market for someone like Asdrubal Cabrera or JJ Hardy.
Or Cashman could call his old friend Theo and say how about Luis Severino for Baez? How about a young keystone combination of Baez and Rob Refsynder next season? Two young guys who the Yankees could turn to at those positions for the next decade plus.
While nothing is imminent right now (see tweet below), that doesn’t mean something can’t happen this off-season.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 5, 2014
Look for this to be a hot rumor this 0ff-season and maybe something that happens this winter.