Here's what the Yankees need at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline: Quality outfield bats, preferably left-handers, who can control the zone and have a fair degree of pop.
Here's what the Yankees don't need at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline: Big swing-and-miss guys with injury concerns who could help the team bash, but are more likely to disappear instead. You know, the kind of trade targets opposing fans seem to be sending to the Yankees for the sole purpose of increasing their chances of mocking them. "Bro, how did you not know it was a bad idea to trade for 2015 Chris Davis, even though I said you should do it?!? IDIOT!"
This year's deadline might be a quiet one. The teams that are clear sellers are all-caps SELLERS ... but does anybody really want to buy anything from the Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals? Meanwhile, teams like the Red Sox and Cardinals could either fall out of contention by August or be five games up on a playoff position. It's too early to tell. The Brewers could light up the night with Willy Adames and Corbin Burnes. They could also ... keep both and be a World Series dark horse.
That's left the Yankees guessing. Luckily, their search for upgrades is fairly specialized. Not a left-hander? Not an outfielder? Not going to provide rotation help, in case Carlos Rodón can't return? Not interested.
The Yankees might be better off shopping for relative bargains here rather than throwing all their chips in one flawed basket. These top-tier trade options could exacerbate their issues rather than solve anything.
HONORABLE MENTION: Marcus Stroman -- pfff, as if the Yankees would even entertain it. Would be a nice rotation piece! Would never, ever, in a million years come here. Maybe Brian Cashman should lead Stroman's agent down the rabbit hole so we can get a fresh batch of mean tweets.
3 Yankees trade targets who'll make New York's problems worse
Tyler O'Neill, St. Louis Cardinals
OK...fine...when Tyler O'Neill was benched in early April, it was intriguing to dream about the Yankees stealing him from a Cardinals team with an outfield surplus. Who cares about the strikeouts? He hits bombs! When he's healthy!
Well ... now that O'Neill seems to be closer to the market than the "safe zone," it's fair to have second thoughts. Breathlessly sending a whiff-prone right-handed hitter the Yankees' way doesn't seem like the prudent move at the moment. Neither does sending them someone who fell out of the Cards' favor due to perceived lack of hustle, then proceeded to hit the Injured List on May 4 with a lower back strain, then never return.
Oh, and O'Neill is the kind of super jacked that has frustrated Yankees fans for nearly a decade. If Giancarlo Stanton's trips to the IL frustrate you, then you won't enjoy O'Neill, who might be Eric Cressey's newest nightmare. Did we mention that, while active this season, he hit just .228 with a 71 OPS+ in 92 at-bats?
O'Neill fits the Yankees' current acquisition mold. But that's, like, the problem.