Feb 20, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Why A Trade Between The Yankees And The Cubs Still Makes Sense

Feb 18, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi (28) talk as they watch batting practice at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 18, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi (28) talk as they watch batting practice at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Look for this to be a hot rumor this 0ff-season and maybe something that happens this winter.

 

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