Yankees Brian Cashman will continue to surprise us at the trade deadline
By Jack O'Hara
Who will the Yankees acquire?
Even with starting pitchers making their way back from injury, Brian Cashman is going to think outside the box when it comes to acquiring pitching. Given the number of good arms being made available, the Yankees GM has moves to make to ensure a successful run in October.
New York Mets right-hander, Zack Wheeler, comes to mind when thinking about starting pitching, as the Amazins’ phenom has posted a 4.42 ERA in 2019, with a 6-5 overall record to go with it.
The numbers aren’t exactly overwhelming when looking at them on paper, however, given Wheeler’s strikeout: walk ratio (123/32), the 29-year old could fair much better with a change of scenery after spending his entire major league career, thus far, in Flushing.
Another name is the Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, who has two years left on his current contract. Bauer’s 3.74 ERA would compliment the rotation nicely, as Bauer’s K:BB ratio is also very impressive at 140/48.
Bauer’s off-field tactics may be concerning, as the right-hander has made it known to be very outspoken with his YouTube channel, Bauer Bytes, where he sits down with teammates and players from across the league to discuss their lives and careers.
Despite his overwhelming confidence, Bauer would be an interesting piece in a clubhouse that has a ton of personality.
The Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray has been the latest victim of Yankees trade rumors, as Arizona’s left-hander has flown under-the-radar this season, only posting a 4.10 ERA in 18 starts.
Ray has allowed 14 home runs this season; however, that currently stands as the least amount for any D-Backs starter this season.
Provided Ray can keep the ball low in the zone at Yankee Stadium, the Tennessee-native would fit in perfectly with James Paxton, J.A. Happ and C.C. Sabathia as left-handers in the rotation.
Only time will tell what Brian Cashman has up his sleeve, but given his past success of finding hidden gems, don’t be too surprised if the Yankees go out and get a name we’ve rarely heard of before, which results in success.