Yankees: Predicting what NYY will do with open 40-man roster spot

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 12: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers jogs to first base during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

Yankees 40-Man Roster Option: Trade!

What the Yankees probably have planned for their open spot — if they’re smart — is a trade, sooner rather than later.

Let’s be honest. Everyone wants to see the Bombers get sparked by a major addition. If their “big move” is the promotion of a career minor-leaguer, will any of you be happy? Probably not. Did Gittens shake the foundation of your life?

OK, he actually seems like someone who could potentially be very impactful (even though Luke Voit’s about to take his lunch). But we digress.

The Yankees need roster flexibility, which they so rarely have, to pull off any midseason acquisitions they have planned, and after a series sweep (!) of Toronto, they’re probably back to firmly being buyers rather than tentative window-shoppers. The sooner Joey Gallo, or Ketel Marte, or Starling Marte, or…Adam Frazier (?) can get here, the better in order to maximize their return on investment.

The Yankees also have Brooks Kriske on the 40-man roster, who hasn’t been as valuable as anticipated. That’s a very vulnerable spot, and the Bombers could potentially acquire a second midseason addition, jettisoning Kriske and filling out the roster that way.

Whether it’s pitching depth, and exciting promotion from Triple-A of one of a pair of unexpected breakouts, or a trade that finally puts the league on notice, the wheels are in motion for the Yankees to act fast.