3 Yankees Willson Contreras trade packages that could work

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Joey Gallo #13 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

1. Joey Gallo Jumpstart Trade for Willson Contreras

Don’t look now, but less than a year after acquiring him, Joey Gallo and the Yankees may already be preparing to part ways. The slugger hits free agency this offseason yet again, and after an underwhelming (to say the least) four months in pinstripes, a change of scenery could be for the best — yes, even before a new contract must be discussed.

The low-pressure environment of the second-half Cubs might be a perfect spot for Gallo to reestablish his value outside a pennant race, the rare instance where a player might prefer to go to a team that’s well out of contention. August and September in the swirling winds of Wrigley with nothing at stake? Hell, Gallo might ask if the team can pull this off sooner.

Of course, Contreras is a more valuable asset than Gallo at this point, so the Yankees will have to throw in a top prospect to sweeten the pot. The occasionally-spectacular 20-year-old Vargas still feels like a solid fit, as he attempts to navigate full-season baseball. Through 147 at-bats, he’s hitting .190 with 3 homers, 13 RBI and 9 stolen bases, while also being blocked by Anthony Volpe/Oswald Peraza and having less pedigree than recent international signee Roderick Arias.

The Yankees have been reticent to give him up, but … if not with an opportunity to acquire Contreras in front of them, when? Ideally, Gallo mashes in his new home, the Yankees secure an outfielder in a separate deal (Andrew Benintendi), and everybody goes home happy.

Things like this never seem to happen anymore, though.