Isaiah Kiner-Falefa had a horrible start to the season, but since May he’s quietly been very good at the plate – his 114 wRC+ is the second-best on the Yankees behind Bauers in that time span (min 150 PAs).
While many people around baseball ridiculed the Yankees for turning Kiner-Falefa into a utility player instead of getting rid of him, he can now play six positions (and be an emergency catcher), and if he’s hitting like he's been, it’s an easy way to get him into the lineup (or at the very least be a valuable depth piece).
Domingo Germán has had his moments as a Yankee, but now is probably the best time to acquire some assets for him. He's under contract through 2024 and doesn’t project to be a mainstay in the Yankees’ future rotation, so exploring a trade in this seller’s market with numerous teams looking for pitching makes sense.
Although Germán has a 4.77 ERA, his 4.04 xFIP, 3.93 SIERA and 33.5% chase rate are encouraging, and could prompt a contending team to see him as a contributor down the stretch. If that’s the case, the Yankees will likely net an intriguing prospect, who may have a chance to be part of the team's future, unlike Germán, who would likely be, at best, a back-end rotation arm through 2024.