Ketel Marte and 7 other Yankees trade options with Aaron Hicks hurt

Aaron Hicks has now been on the injured listing seven instances in six seasons as a Yankee. That doesn’t even depend that he would have been on the IL had the 2020 pandemic season begun on time as he was nonetheless rehabbing following Tommy John surgical procedure.

So the Yankees ought to be skilled at heart discipline contingencies. Yet, (*7*) comes at a very unhealthy time as a result of:

They traded Mike Tauchman three weeks in the past, Brett Gardner’s .472 OPS was seventh worst in MLB (minimal 80 plate appearances), hinting that at 37 the top could also be close to, and Estevan Florial isn’t prepared for prime time after no minor league season in 2020.

— There will not be heart fielders floating round. After all of the justifiable issues about pitchers returning to a full season after a shortened one, place gamers are also exhibiting important vulnerability. The Mets and Phillies essentially played without a bench on Sunday. The Dodgers had been considered because the deepest staff within the sport and they acquired three place gamers over the weekend who had been designated for task elsewhere: Travis Blankenhorn, Albert Pujols and Yoshi Tsutsugo. Teams might need to start rethinking carrying 13 or 14 pitchers and simply 12 or 13 place gamers.

— The Yankees plan to remain below the $210 million luxurious tax threshold, which supplies them, maybe, $3 million to spend the remainder of the yr.

That final one is probably the most amendable. It would outline possession malfeasance if Hal Steinbrenner let marginal {dollars} maintain the Yankees from the perfect transfer to chase a title, particularly after we don’t even know if there’s going to be a luxurious tax system past this yr or how penalties will likely be assessed in a brand new collective bargaining settlement.

So if Hicks is projected to be out a very long time, the place can the Yankees flip between now and July 30? (The deadline is a day earlier as a result of MLB didn’t need it to be on a Saturday when there have been day video games and gamers having to be pulled from video games earlier than the 4 p.m. deadline):

Ketel Marte; Amed Rosario
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1. Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks

The most suitable choice. Marte is what the Yankees want: a 27-year-old athletic switch-hitter who can play heart, brief and second. He is owed $30 million from 2022-24 counting his options. He solely counts $4.8 million vs. the posh tax, so if Arizona, say, took again somebody like Justin Wilson as a part of the package deal, the Yankees nonetheless would possibly sneak below this yr’s threshold. But it might take loads (a number of prime prospects) to pry Marte from Arizona. The solely motive the D’backs would possibly take into consideration auctioning off such a expertise is recognition that the Dodgers, Padres and even the Giants look dominant within the NL West within the brief time period. Marte is due again from a hamstring harm quickly.

If not Marte and not heart discipline, Arizona has a number of veteran lefty bats who is not going to be a part of their subsequent good staff who would fill the Yanks’ determined want for higher lefty bats: Asdrubal Cabrera, Kole Calhoun, Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta.

2. Byron Buxton, Twins

The Twins are the majors’ most disappointing staff. If this continues, they are going to be motivated to not less than promote their walk-year gamers comparable to Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, J.A. Happ and Michael Pineda. Buxton and Jose Berrios will not be free till after 2022. The Twins will most likely be compelled to attempt to proceed to signal them long run earlier than making both accessible, most likely on the earliest this offseason. Buxton is extra proficient on either side of the ball and the bases than Hicks, however like his fellow Twins first-round decide, he simply can’t keep wholesome.

3. Brian Reynolds, Pirates

He doesn’t even turn out to be arbitration eligible till the approaching offseason, so maybe he’s a participant Pittsburgh desires to attempt to be a part of the answer. But Pirates GM Ben Cherington has accomplished a robust job accumulating organizational expertise — lots of his rivals reward, for instance, the return he acquired from the Yankees for Jameson Taillon. With so many golf equipment determined for offense what would possibly Cherington derive for an affordable, switch-hitting outfielder, albeit one most likely higher fitted to a nook than heart?

4. Starling Marte, Marlins

Miami is the lone NL East staff with a optimistic run differential. Yet, the chances are the Marlins aren’t a strong playoff contender this season and Marte is in his stroll yr and at present out with a rib fracture. He is good for the White Sox, who will likely be with out Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert for many, if not all of this season. Yep, the Yankees may have competitors for each high quality outfielder.

5. Mike Yastrzemski, Giants

Like Reynolds, he’s most likely extra fitted to a nook. San Francisco seems to be like a contender in 2020. But Yastrzemski is 31 in August; older than Marcell Ozuna and Marcus Semien, for instance, although he is not going to be arbitration eligible till this coming offseason. The Giants have a slew of walk-year gamers, particularly of their rotation: Johnny Cueto, Anthony DeSclafani, Kevin Gausman, Aaron Sanchez and Alex Wood. So might the Yanks, say, supply a Deivi Garcia because the centerpiece for somebody like Yastrzemski?

6. Jackie Bradley Jr./Lorenzo Cain, Brewers

Both are signed by means of subsequent yr; Bradley is inexpensive ($11 million in 2022) and lefty in addition to being elite defensively, so he could be extra engaging (even amid a poor offensive begin.) Could Milwaukee resolve it may well do extra with the cash and transfer an outfielder, even when Christian Yelich’s well being continues to be a difficulty?

Mike Yastrzemski
Mike Yastrzemski
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7. Ender Inciarte, Braves

As Zack Britton and Darren O’Day return, the Yankees might have an extra of relievers, a commodity that’s desperately wanted elsewhere. So might they flip a Wilson or Luis Cessa for, not less than, a defensive kind who might assist comparable to Inciarte (who’s making $8 million within the remaining assured yr of his contract) or the Cubs’ Jake Marisnick, who additionally has some pop?

8. Amed Rosario, Indians

Which staff says no to a Clint Frazier/Rosario trade? They are tempting gamers who by no means fairly fulfill their expertise partially due to doubtful baseball IQs. They make practically the identical quantity. Frazier is a free agent after 2024, Rosario after 2023, however he has two minor league options left in comparison with one for Frazier. The Yanks might use a middle discipline kind who would supply a legit backup shortstop to Gleyber Torres. The Indians, who picked Frazier fifth general within the 2013 draft, want the potential for nook outfield manufacturing.

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