Yankees: 3 best trades NYY didn’t make in recent years
By Jerry Trotta
Here are the three best trades that the Yankees didn’t make in recent years.
Thanks to their ridiculous payroll, the New York Yankees are seemingly always in the market to upgrade their roster. Whether it be signing the cream of the free agency crop (both domestically and internationally) — look no further than the recent deals for Gerrit Cole and Jasson Dominguez — or striking a blockbuster trade, there’s simply never a shortage of options for the club to get what it wants, when it wants.
However, this hyper-aggression to always be on top and roster the best players has almost landed the Yankees in a world of trouble on numerous occasions in recent years. You know where we’re headed with this one, folks.
It’s time to reminisce on potential blockbuster trades that New York seriously discussed, which would have been a disaster had general manager Brian Cashman pulled the trigger. Here are the first three that come to mind. Take a deep breath, Yankees fans.
3. Near Lucas Duda Trade
The 2017 Yankees really took MLB by surprise. Though their rebuild project was way ahead of schedule, even the most delusional of fans couldn’t have predicted them to be one win away from reaching the World Series. Of course, they fell to the Houston Astros in the ALCS in seven games.
Prior to that heartbreaking loss, however, it became apparent that New York was poised for a deep playoff run, and the front office was looking to bolster the weak spots on the team. The first base situation filled that bill, as it consisted of an injured Greg Bird and veteran Chris Carter, the latter of which had a truly horrific season, hitting .208 with just eight home runs, 26 RBI and 76 strikeouts in 62 games.
That prompted the Yankees to turn to the crosstown rival Mets and slugger Lucas Duda, whose power and love for pulling the ball could have made a seamless transition to the short porch in right field at the Stadium. As it turns out, Duda was brutal in the second half of that season, batting .198 with a .293 OBP. The 34-year-old’s carer has since endured a tailspin as he’s hit .206 over the last two years and is currently a free agent.
The Yankees almost traded for Lucas Duda in 2017.
The Mets likely wouldn’t have demanded a haul in return for Duda, but there’s no doubting that the Yankees made out like bandits in pulling out of these negotiations, especially since you know the boys in Flushing would’ve bothered the Yanks for more than any other potential partner.
We’ll hazard a guess and say that fans are doing just fine with Luke Voit and Mike Ford rotating at first base these days.