Yankees: 3 trades other teams pulled off that prove NYY botched deadline

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Mike Minor #42 of the Texas Rangers pitches (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

1. Mike Minor to the A’s

The Yankees could’ve had Mike Minor for relatively cheap.

This is the one that should have everyone enraged. The Yankees desperately could’ve used another effective left-hander in the rotation with James Paxton on the shelf as well as the uncertainty surrounding JA Happ (even though he’s been really good his last two outings). We love Jordan Montgomery, but can he start in the playoffs? We don’t know.

So some insurance in the form of experienced big leaguer Mike Minor would’ve been great! He’s off to a terrible start in 2020, but that means he could’ve been had on the cheap, which is what Cashman probably would’ve loved! The Yankees GM never overpays for players and even when he’s made big deals, he manages to avoid parting with top names.

On top of Minor being acquired for a great price, the Texas Rangers traded him to the division-rival Oakland Athletics. General manager Billy Beane surrendered only his Nos. 13 and 19 prospects for the lefty, who owns a 3.76 ERA in 132 games (67 starts) since the start of 2017. He’s only got one postseason start under his belt, but he can eat innings and get strikeouts.

Isn’t this the guy you go out and get if you need rotation help? He’s cost-effective in terms of price and trade value, a veteran arm, and has no ties beyond 2020 (but you’d have the first crack at re-signing him). It almost seemed too good to be true. Instead, the Rangers were happy to make a rival who happens to be the second-best team in the AL even better.

The Yankees are hopefully they’ll get a number of key guys back from injury in the next week or two, but if they can’t stay afloat during that span, they’re going to look back at the deadline and have a lot of regrets.