Yankees: 3 Trade Deadline Mistakes NYY Can’t Afford to Make in 2020
By Adam Weinrib
The New York Yankees can’t wreck their future at the 2020 MLB trade deadline.
The New York Yankees have a prime opportunity to win a World Series ahead of them in 2020, but don’t get it twisted — this is a team set up to be very good for a very long time, even if they lose Masahiro Tanaka or James Paxton (or both) following the campaign.
While there’s a ton of urgency to capture a title in this topsy-turvy season, New York can’t afford to mortgage their future after one month of action just to compete in an overly-crowded small sample size field of teams.
In a 2020 season that could shut down at any moment (sorry) and could easily feature middling teams like the Blue Jays and Angels in the World Series, New York can’t decimate their prospect pool just for these targets.
3. Overpaying for Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija would be a rather pointless New York Yankees addition.
Jeff “The Shark” Samardzija has been a rumored Yankees option for the past several years — overpaid, weighing down a team in desperate need of a rebuild, etc. The perfect example of, “Someone’s trash could be someone else’s treasure.”
But…in such an unpredictable season…why should the Yanks even bother with someone who’s currently in that “trash” category?
Samardzija went 11-12 with a 3.52 ERA last year, but will be 35 in ’20 and doesn’t miss bats with any regularity — he only whiffed 140 in 181.1 innings last season, and allowed 28 homers in a set of expansive NL West ballparks. That won’t fly on the East Coast.
If New York falls in love with Samardzija as cheap depth, that’s great! He’s a free agent following this season. But please, don’t drop your prospect capital on San Francisco’s doorstep.