The New York Yankees haven't won a World Series since 2009, so the pressure will continually mount in the Bronx until a change in fortune. With all the year over year changes, 2023 is once again shaping up to be "the year" for the Bombers.
Brian Cashman is entering his 25th season as the Yankees' general manager and is not one to be shy to make a trade. Whether it was Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson or even as recently as Giancarlo Stanton, Cashman has always had an eye for talent as well as an aggression to get deals done.
Despite acquiring those marquee names, he hasn't acquired a future Hall of Famer via trade or in free agency in awhile. The most recent addition that would fit that category would be Gerrit Cole, but that was back in 2019.
This is the New York Yankees we're talking about. This team should be bringing in future Hall-of-Famer's every single offseason or at least near the trade deadline because that's what the Bronx Bombers are all about. Money should never be an issue and acquiring the best talent should be number-one priority, especially for an organization that hasn't won the World Series in 14 years.
With this current roster, the Yankees still may not good enough to win a World Series this year. They might not even be the favorites to win the AL East, as the Toronto Blue Jays will be just as competitive. And let's not forget they'll have to go through the Astros in the postseason.
As a result, the organization should make a blockbuster trade this summer to put the roster over the top.
5 obvious trade targets for the New York Yankees this summer
Shohei Ohtani, P/DH
In terms of superstar talent, Ohtani is a unicorn and the modern day Babe Ruth, so why wouldn't he have a shot at eventually became a member of the Yankees? You shouldn't be able to compete for the Cy Young Award and home run crowd in the same season, but that's Ohtani's game and he's someone that every fanbase would love to have.
If it wasn't for Aaron Judge's record-breaking season last year, Ohtani would have won his second consecutive AL MVP award, and he should once again be favored for the award this year. The pending free agent should be asking for the biggest contract in baseball history and the Yankees should get in front of the negotiation rights by trading for him this summer.
Ohtani would help upgrade the team's offense, but his best attribute would be his pitching, as the Yankees could still improve that part of the roster following a multitude of injuries in Spring Training. This will cost the Yankees a haul, but it would make them the best team in MLB by far.