Yankees: Trade Deadline Targets for NYY During Shortened 2020 Season

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There will be an MLB trade deadline in 2020, so here’s who the New York Yankees should target.

It’s crazy to think there will even be a trade deadline, but as part of the negotiations, the shortened 2020 season‘s cutoff will be Aug. 31. Teams will be permitted to complete trades between Friday (when MLB lifts the transaction freeze) until then.

Many expected the league to do away with the deadline this year given the season is only 60 games and the fact that players switching teams and traveling more than they need to isn’t exactly safe while we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

Nonetheless, this gives the Yankees a chance to bolster their roster in a tight window to capture a World Series with seemingly many factors to their advantage. They’ll mostly be healthy by the time the year starts, and pitchers will be as fresh as ever throwing in just 60 regular season games.

So who should the Yankees go after at the deadline? Perhaps some teams will want to get value for notable stars/contributors who are heading into free agency after 2020.

3. Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The Yankees adding Jeff Samardzija to the rotation would be huge.

Jeff Samardzija was believed to be a target of the Yankees when he hit free agency about four years ago, but the former Chicago Cub inked a big five-year, $90 million deal with the San Francisco Giants. He hasn’t lived up to that contract whatsoever, though he did have his best campaign since 2014 last year. In 32 starts, the right-hander went 11-12 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 140 batters in 180.1 innings of work. That’s not bad at all, especially for someone who would probably get slotted into the back end of the Yankees rotation. As for the Giants, we can safely assume this team will be far from contention from the moment the season begins, and given their need to rebuild their terrible farm system, moving Shark is a no-brainer.