Yankees trade for another arm just got a lot more expensive?
Jordan Montgomery is out for the season! Now Yankees GM Brian Cashman must land a quality arm in a thin market for his club to compete for a World Series.
Just like that and Yankees No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery is gone for this season and most of next. Domingo German is no longer a fill in. He is now officially the next man up and part of the club’s rotation.
The Red Sox lost Drew Pomerantz to the DL on Tuesday due to what sounded like a not a very promising case of tendinitis in his left biceps, his pitching arm. The Sox might already be looking for a replacement further squeezing an already limited market.
The Seattle Mariners have taken over first place from the Houston Astros, making it abundantly clear that they are legitimate contenders and will not be sellers this year.
What these events mean is that the price just went way up for the Yankees to acquire what they need most, another quality arm to compete for a World Series. No one is going to have any sympathy for the Bombers, and everyone will use this opportunity to try and pick off the most valuable prospects from the clubs vaunted farm system.
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Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Houston all have better starting pitching than the Yankees, especially with Montgomery gone. Domingo German is still just a work in progress, and nowhere near the Jordan Montgomery who performed so brilliantly last year.
The bullpen of every contender will get better as the season goes forward. The Yankees will not be able to rely on the late-inning heroics as their opponents will be picking up essential relief pieces in the trade market.
Houston already tried to get Zach Britton last year from the Orioles and are indeed “all in” to get the help they need in the ‘pen to keep the Yanks’ bats quiet late in the game.
The longer GM Brian Cashman waits, the more expensive it is going to get. Even now, he is being pressed to trade away some of those talented prospects the Yankees organization has bragged about. And this for just a mid-level pitcher instead like Cole Hamels instead of a frontline rotation guy, which is what the Bombers need to give them a one-two knockout punch with Severino.
Maybe the Yankees’ GM will consider going to another level. As of now, the Yanks have only one ace pitching like so. How invincible would the Bronx Bombers look with Jacob DeGrom or Noah Syndergaard in pinstripes to fit in behind Luis Severino?
Wouldn’t that be worth Brandon Drury, and two or even three other top prospects like Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield?
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The Yankees are so deep with talent that they can afford to give more. However, if they want to win a World Championship this season, they cannot afford “not to be able to afford”!