Yankees: 3 midseason Gio Urshela trades that could work

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German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

1. Urshela Plus Pieces for German Marquez

OK, yes, we’re crazy for this one.

In order for the Yankees to acquire All-Star righty German Marquez, who brings with him a remarkable level of control (team option for 2024!), they’ll need to surrender significant assets. Whether they’re posturing or not, the Rockies have made it clear this will be a difficult discussion.

They’ll need a shortstop after Trevor Story walks, though, right? Potentially to the Bronx? Urshela can split short with Brendan Rodgers and play third base, while Ryan McMahon transfers to first in CJ Cron’s place, and can serve as a little MLB-level relief in what would otherwise be a pretty painful deal.

Urshela could lessen the prospect cost for the Yankees, but he obviously wouldn’t eliminate it altogether. This deal would still probably include one of Clarke Schmidt/Luis Medina/Luis Gil, depending on who the Rockies were most enraptured with, as well as fast-rising shortstop Anthony Volpe. Expect at least two top names to accompany Urshela west in this scenario, as well as a lottery ticket prospect at the lower levels.

Marquez is it, though. Still just 26, he’s mastered Coors Field to the tune of a 3.06 ERA on the season and a 3.59 mark total. He’s worse on the road! We think he could adjust to Yankee Stadium. Just intuition. Career at Coors, his 4.71 mark is far from unsightly, too.

The Rockies will want any team calling about Marquez to pay up, but if the Yankees intend to do so for a shortstop this offseason anyway, they should consider using Urshela here to make the prospect cost easier to swallow.

And yes, the Rox will probably flip Gio next summer anyway.