Yankees: 3 players NYY should’ve traded at peak value over last few years

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman should’ve struck while the iron was hot on these guys.

Call us Captain Hindsight, but you can’t deny the New York Yankees missed the boat on getting maximum values for a few guys they didn’t need to keep — which is even up for debate now given how many injuries we’ve seen over the last two years. Who’s to say what the right move was/is?!

Nonetheless, the Yankees have arguably the best depth in MLB (though it’s been struggling mightily this year), so general manager Brian Cashman has constantly had opportunities to trade from his surplus of sluggers to address other areas of the roster, like defense or pitching.

We’re not saying making such deals was essential, but now the Yankees definitely can’t cash out on a high given how these players have performed over the last couple seasons and/or the start of 2020.

Bummer, right?

Mike Ford #36 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

3. Mike Ford

Yankees fans love Mike Ford, but did we really need him?

The New York Yankees have plenty of lefty bats and a few guys who can play first base. Plus, it’s not entirely difficult to find a solid defensive option at that position. Knowing what they had in Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu, it is a bit confusing why they didn’t deal Mike Ford when they could’ve when you look back.

The hefty lefty slashed .259/.350/.559 with 30 runs scored, 12 home runs and 25 RBI in 50 games last season. You’re telling me teams wouldn’t have bought high on this guy after that was his first taste of MLB action?! The lefty slugger has a sweet swing and can hold down the fort defensively at first.

Now, Ford’s slashing .149/.237/.299 with five runs scored, two home runs and 11 RBI in 24 games this year. That is untradeable even though it’s a small sample size. Ford has regressed to the mean and has proven (for the moment) he cannot lift himself up when he’s surrounded by other hitters of his caliber.

That could change since we’ve seen what Ford can do, but at the moment his trade value is nonexistent.