Yankees: 3 stars NYY can realistically acquire at the trade deadline

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There’s a lot of talk about the New York Yankees making moves at the deadline, so let’s break it down.

The Aug. 31 trade deadline is right around the corner and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman figures to be extremely active. We’ve already heard via the latest rumors that he’s targeting a whole lot of pitching, both of the starting and relief variety.

However, the trade conversation has seen its twists and turns, deviating now to Mike Clevinger and even Francisco Lindor, but we already talked about how that’s probably not going to happen. The Indians are among the favorites to win the World Series, so trading Lindor makes no sense, and they apparently want a prohibitive haul for Clev.

Trevor Bauer probably isn’t happening, either. The Yankees won’t be upsetting their $324 million ace to make such a trade.

So you want the Bombers to make a big, earth-shattering move? Yeah? Well think outside the box a little bit more. For some reason we haven’t been talking a whole lot about these guys, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility Cashman can coax a few teams to make a blockbuster (or somewhat notable) deal.

Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /

3. Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright is enjoying a resurgent season and is perfect for the Yankees.

Don’t let a Cardinals fan see this! They might try and track us down and send us hate mail. They’ll never trade Uncle Charlie … but what if they feel what’s already happened in 2020 is too much to overcome? Between their COVID-19 outbreak, Yadier Molina’s IG post, and Andrew Miller, Carlos Martinez, Miles Mikolas and Jordan Hicks all on the shelf, there’s a lot going on.

The Cards are doing OK, but the odds are stacked against them, especially with their division featuring the Cubs, Brewers and Reds (Cincy isn’t great, but they have a ton of talent and won’t be walked over).

What if Cashman calls and is willing to give up a top-15 prospect for Wainwright? The right-hander will be a free agent after this season, so maybe the Cardinals can convince themselves they can just re-sign him anyway.

Despite a disastrous five-year stretch before 2020, Waino is back, sporting a 2.88 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in four starts. The Yanks need another guy they can rely upon atop the rotation and the veteran has more postseason experience than probably anybody on the current Yankees roster.

Yup, a 2.81 ERA in 27 career playoff games. New York NEEDS that.