Yankees-Kyle Schwarber buzz getting too loud to ignore
Will the Yankees swoop in and take a shot at Kyle Schwarber, now that he’s been non-tendered by the Cubs? The buzz is overwhelmingly loud.
Wednesday’s non-tender deadline came and went without a lot of drama surrounding the Yankees — Luis Cessa, Ben Heller and Gary Sanchez were tendered contracts, and Jonathan Holder was cut loose.
Of course, the Yankees-related drama began soon after the bell tolled, when the entire world bent over backwards to connect the Yanks to every now-available former star.
Archie Bradley? Of course! Hanser Alberto? Maybe as a backup! The list of available names grew longer by the minute around the 8:00 hour, and perhaps none was more exciting than Brian Cashman’s long-time white whale Kyle Schwarber, who was surprisingly let loose by the Cubs.
Within minutes of Schwarber’s release becoming official, the Yankees buzz had already been stirred up by various media denizens, who were quick to point out that Cashman had long fetishized the Cubs slugger’s particular skill set. Patience, power, and a lefty swing built for Yankee Stadium? We might have to adjust the roster to fit this fellow in…
Schwarber has never been an All-Star, and has never put together all his puzzle pieces to meet his full potential in a complete season. But he’s one year removed from a 38-homer season at age 26, numbers that would only rise if he headed to the Bronx and got to mash in more favorable conditions 81 games a year.
His addition is further complicated by Giancarlo Stanton being permanently embedded in the DH spot, but as many have speculated, this will likely be a one-year deal if it happens to reestablish Schwarber’s value, placing him on the bench and in left field as a Clint Frazier platoon partner.
As Buster Olney noted, Schwarber could go somewhere like Baltimore (where he’d rejoin his old coach Brandon Hyde) to mash as a full 162-game starter. There are also rumors that his Cubs career may not be quite over yet.
True to form, though, Olney couldn’t help but mention the Yankees connection, too.
We can’t guarantee it’ll happen, but there’s too much smoke (and too much long-term interest) here to not expect a little bit of fire.
Then again, there’s the terrifying option pitched by Trevor Plouffe — could Schwarber be the next fearsome lefty platoon power bat in Tampa?
If that’s not enough evidence that the Yankees need to make a move here, then we don’t know what to tell you.