Yankees: 3 mistakes NYY fans are lucky Cashman didn’t make

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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 9: Ian Kennedy #31 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Globe Life Field on July 9, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 3-2. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Ian Kennedy and Kyle Gibson sure seemed to be a nice package deal for the Yankees at some point, huh?
The return of IPK in the ‘pen paired with an innings-eating starter who may or may not be en route to the regression stick? Probably worth a back-end top-10 prospect and nothing more. Maybe even they could’ve been tack-ons in the Gallo trade! That’s enough to get Everson Pereira involved!

Well, the Rangers found a willing partner in Dave Dombrowski, who surrendered a package led by Spencer Howard, who was Philadelphia’s top prospect when the year began. Hoo boy. No.

In Yankees speak, there’s no way an equivalent deal would’ve included our top man Jasson Dominguez, but…Clarke Schmidt/Anthony Volpe/Everson Pereira for these mid-tier targets? No thank you on that, either. Spencer Howard it is.

The price of all rotation and relief help seemed to tick up on Friday — see that Jose Berrios haul? — and Cashman can’t be blamed for walking away from the table, especially given all he accomplished on Wednesday and Thursday. There simply wasn’t anything worth paying the premium on in the ‘pen.