2. Slugger and Prospect From the Marlins
Want to retool and not rebuild? Maybe it’s time to give Derek Jeter a call in Miami, a team that has both big-league talent and prospects to help replenish the Yankees in a two-part deal.
When we intended to see the Yanks compete in the second half of 2021, we wanted them to cash some prospect chips in for Starling Marte, who’ll be a free agent at the end of the season. With the end of this campaign looking all but hopeless in the Bronx, though, suddenly that makes a lot less sense. Marte wants to be extended in Miami, there’s no reason to include Urshela in a short-term Marte swap. None of the parts add up.
So what about Adam Duvall? The playoff-tested slugger with the Atlanta Braves can play left or center, and comes with a mutual $5 million option for 2022. He’d give the Yankees a powerful approximation of what Hunter Renfroe gives the Red Sox, minus the cannon arm. In terms of light-tower power and versatility, though, Duvall and his league-leading 60 RBI would look better in the everyday lineup than Miguel Andújar and Clint Frazier (and Brett Gardner, and Tim Locastro…).
Though Brian Anderson is something of a local legend at third base for the Marlins, he currently resides on the 60-Day IL, and there’ll be room for Urshela to play every day moving forward in an infield that might not include Miguel Rojas next year, pending an option decision on the 32-year-old. In order to complete this trade, it’ll take a real prospect on Miami’s end — either lefty Braxton Garrett or prep southpaw Dax Fulton, their Nos. 7 and 8 guys? Either way, this could upgrade the Yankees’ outfield while paving the way for a major infield addition in 2.5 months.