2. Guardians-Joey Gallo Trade
Maybe Matt Blake has some personal favorite pitchers left over in Cleveland’s stockpile, and might want a chance to teach them his patented changeup?
Maybe it’s lefty Logan Allen, the odd-man out in the Guardians’ stacked rotation thus far, unable to harness his mid-90s fastball, striking out just 37 in 50.1 innings pitched (alongside a 6.26 ERA) in 2021. He’s still just 24 years old. Or, you know, maybe he’s one of the enigmas Blake was excited to leave behind.
Maybe it’s Eli Morgan, the 25-year-old who bedeviled the Yankees down the stretch despite subpar stuff (in theory) and a 5.34 ERA.
Or maybe it’s a prospect or two who Blake wants to salvage from Cleveland’s system. Maybe prospects 9-through-11, courtesy of MLB Pipeline, might interest him. That’s right-hander Gavin Williams, lefty Logan Allen (yes, the other one), and righty Tanner Burns, who the Yankees selected out of high school but didn’t sign back in 2017.
Let’s select Burns, for now, and complement him with No. 21 prospect Ethan Hankins and another low-level wild card. Cleveland has needed power-hitting outfield possibilities for the past 20 years, and Gallo would provide that in droves. And what’s a few pitching lottery tickets anyway? This organization 3D-prints pitchers, even without Blake. Seems like a win-win, as long as the Yanks make the right selection.