1. Oswald Peraza, Oswaldo Cabrera, Deivi Garcia, Brandon Lockridge, Randy Vasquez, Elijah Dunham
Gotta mix it up a little bit! While this package might not seem like the most marquee of the bunch, the Guardians might prefer to take an extra player and a variety of guys who could be available soon and in a few years.
Peraza is the obvious headliner. He’s the Yankees’ prized shortstop prospect and only isn’t No. 1 because Anthony Volpe exists. We know reports suggested the Yankees were unwilling to trade Peraza or Volpe in a deal for Matt Olson, but get real. Not going to happen. You’re paying up for Ramirez, who’s better and more versatile.
- No. 3 prospect Oswald Peraza
- No. 11 prospect Deivi Garcia
- No. 16 prospect Oswaldo Cabrera
- No. 19 prospect Brandon Lockridge
- No. 20 prospect Randy Vasquez
- No. 23 prospect Elijah Dunham
Given that the Guardians totally whiffed in the Lindor-Mets deal (Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez just weren’t enough), the Yankees can help replenish that area of weakness with a Peraza-Cabrera combo (Cabrera can play multiple infield positions and is a toosly player like Peraza as evidenced by his 29 homers, 89 RBI and 21 stolen bases last year).
Garcia is another arm the Guardians can “fix” since he’s already proven able to handle major league hitters effectively (the Yankees just screwed him up somehow). Vasquez has rocketed up the system and should start 2022 in Double-A (have you seen his breaking pitches?). Lockridge, an outfielder, will be in Triple-A next year after an impressive stint at Double-A in 2021 (10 homers, 24 RBI, 13 stolen bases and a .940 OPS in 43 games). And finally, Dunham, who’s believed to be another fast riser, has blown by expectations and owned the Arizona Fall League this past October (1.037 OPS, 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 14 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 23 games). He can play all three outfield positions, too.
Whether you like these packages or not, there’s no denying the potential here. And we’re only excluding Volpe because it’s clear the Yankees view him as their shortstop of the future. Maybe a combination of these packages could end up being the winner (for example, Peraza, Wells, Gil, Pereira and Lockridge/Dunham?), but these should serve as a healthy starting point if the Yankees were serious about upgrading their MLB roster in this manner.