1. Call Mariners About Aroldis Chapman
Be honest. There’s come a time over the past several years when you’ve asked yourself whether Aroldis Chapman is the singular problem throwing Yankees Universe off its axis.
Whether there’s something cosmic going on here or not, the Yankees have more than enough bullpen depth to jettison Chapman’s salary, move Jonathan Loaisiga or Clay Holmes or Chad Green to the ninth inning, and never make the mistake of paying someone like the 34-year-old ever again (he’s 34 now, unbelievable).
And hey, who likes both trades and upsetting their clubhouse chemistry more than the Seattle Mariners?!
Just this past season, the M’s dealt their closer Kendall Graveman just minutes before a theoretical home stretch towards a playoff run, creating a near-mutiny … before the team rallied anyway, potentially to spite their GM, and nearly earned a Wild Card berth.
Chapman is both exactly what the M’s need in the bullpen and exactly the type of distraction a feel-good story and tenuous clubhouse balance needs to survive.
If Cashman can get Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto on the horn, though, and convince him to take on Chapman’s salary and surrender literally anything of semi-value (a top-15 prospect and a teenager? top 20?), the Yankees will have enough on the big-league roster to reload, especially as they proved down the stretch they can turn guys like Holmes and Michael King into bullpen options while leveling Loaisiga up.