Yankees Should not Make a Big Trade Yet


Did the Yankees miss their opportunity to acquire one of the big names on the market via a trade? Possibly, but it is not time to panic. The Yankees have a few more weeks before spring training starts. That is more than enough time to make a trade for a big name. But should they do it? Absolutely not.

The current starting rotation brings to mind many questions. Health has been an issue the past couple years for CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, and the Yankees have continually spent money on pitchers who have either underperformed or not completed a full season. And the Yankees have traded for big name pitchers who were terrible for the Yankees (looking at you Kevin “punch the wall” Brown). 

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The Yankees currently have six pitchers on the roster who are capable of starting. They are Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Capuano, and Adam Warren. Hopefully by June Ivan Nova will be 100% healthy, giving the Yankees seven capable starters. Four of those starters are household names for Yankees fans (for good and bad reasons) and have proven they can win games pitching for the New York Yankees. This is one reason why the Yankees should not make a move for a pitcher at the moment

Do not forget the Yankees have also had key injuries to players in the field. Carlos Beltran had elbow surgery last year. He will be another question mark coming in to this season. Jacoby Ellsbury has played in 130+ games the past two seasons, but in 2010 and 2012 he played a combined 92 games. Mark Teixeira has played through constant wrist pain over the past two season while missing 186 games.

The Yankees need to save their trade pieces now barring an injury to any player in the field. Chris Young is the number four outfielder, and the lineup will take a drastic hit if either one of those two were to get hurt.

Be satisfied with the current pitchers on the New York Yankees roster. There are enough pitchers on the current roster that can provide the Yankees with a quality start. The Yankees do not need to hit the panic button yet, and should save all their valuable trade pieces for when it is time to make a move.