Yankees: 3 notable players on 40-man roster that could still be traded

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Deivi Garcia #83 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

2. Deivi Garcia

If the Yankees acquire more pitchers, someone on the starting staff has to go.

Deivi Garcia made his MLB debut in 2020 to the tune of six starts. He also started Game 2 of the ALDS before he was pulled after the first inning, but we won’t get into that right now.

Though the 21-year-old looked impressive for making only 11 Triple-A appearances, the Yankees have no idea what to expect out of him. His outings were a mixed bag. It’s clear he’ll be competing for a rotation spot, too, because the Bombers plan to roll with Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German as well.

Garcia, the Bombers’ No. 3 overall prospect, could be one of the centerpieces in a package for a guy like Castillo. He’s young. He showed he can handle MLB competition. He’s not afraid to go after hitters. He could easily be a valuable building block for a starting rotation.

Most Yankees fans would love to see his ascension in the Bronx, but the Yankees are going to have to give to get in any hypothetical big trade. And with the farm system consisting of so many promising young arms, including Alexander Vizcaino, Luis Medina, Luis Gil, Yoendrys Gomez, and one other we’re about to talk about, there’s certainly a surplus to deal from.

And let’s be real. For as much as we loved Deivi’s cup of coffee, nobody is going to be opposed to trading him in a package for a No. 2-caliber starter.