1. Hayden Wesneski
There wasn’t … any other way to get Scott Effross to the Bronx? Everson Pereira? Trey Sweeney, the Yankees’ third-ranked, upper-level shortstop prospect who’ll never play? Just spitballing here.
Adding Effross wasn’t the issue. Without Chad Green and Zack Britton, he’ll be even more important next year, and unlike the rest of the team’s walking wounded, his shoulder is reportedly healing well. But trading Hayden Wesneski is going to look really bad, really soon (and that’s not just a knee-jerk reaction to him swaggering around at Wrigley Field during a history-making relief debut).
Wesneski showed off just how “stoked” he was to leave the win-now Yankees and get a chance at historic Wrigley Field by striking out 8 in 5.0 shutout innings, barely passing the minimum number of batters faced en route to a surprise victory. And yes, he stalked off the mound after nearly every strikeout, walking in an emotive circle and placing his nasty slider in a proverbial holster until the next batter arrived.
It’s a routine that would play very well at Yankee Stadium as soon as 2023, but won’t be premiering there anymore.
Losing Wesneski felt like a tough price the Yankees could afford — before they also dealt Waldichuk, Sears and Montgomery away. Now, the desperate Bombers have already been forced to promote the sadly broken Deivi Garcia for added depth instead of any of the Triple-A aces who were in the system just over a month ago.
It’ll only look worse next season.