Yankees: Under the radar trade targets they could pursue before the deadline

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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 30: Sean Doolittle #63 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers during a MLB game at Comerica Park on June 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Washington defeated the Detroit 2-1. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Sean Doolittle

One of the wackiest pre-pitch rituals belongs to National’s closer, Sean Doolittle. While that might be what he is best known for, Doolittle has actually been one of the best relievers in the game. Since 2017, he has the 6th highest WAR for a reliever.

As has been their modus operandi, the Nationals season has so far been a disappointment. With three legitimate aces on their staff and a young core of position players, this team has not been able to deliver. The 32-year-old Doolittle had a terrific ‘18 season and has had a decent ‘19 so far. Considering the depth of their division and their under-performance so far, I would not be surprised if the Nats decided to go younger and trade in their older ‘model’ for a new one.

How he fits: The same way Shane Greene does; you can never have enough relievers, especially when they are former closers. The two-time All-Star has been elite the past two seasons, and if the Yankees are willing to deal one of their mid-tier pitching prospects and a low-ceiling bat, they may be able to acquire this zany southpaw.

However, the Yankees should be wary as his Flyball rate is around 50%, which is about 15% higher than the Major League average. Considering that he would be pitching in the Bronx with the short porch, that is a big deal.

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