New York Yankees: Do They Need a Big Trade to Win the AL East?

The New York Yankees can be a good team this season, but should they search for a big trade in order to win the AL East this year?

The Yankees don’t have a great rotation and some of their younger guys aren’t cutting the cake.

With the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays competing in the AL East, the Yanks could elevate themselves past those squads with a huge move.

Let’s look at some crazy, but possible options.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins have struggled in 2021 and if they keep playing like this, then they’ll need to look at trading guys.

The Yankees could eye starter Jose Berrios as a rotation piece to help ace Gerrit Cole and Corey Kluber.

The Yanks could use a boost in their lineup with Mike Ford, Clint Frazier, and Miguel Andujar struggling at the dish.

Even the 31-year-old favorite Aaron Hicks is hitting .200 entering today’s game.

With Giancarlo Stanton being inconsistent at times and Aaron Judge having a history of injuries, it would be wise for New York to add a bat.

Maybe the Yanks want an older guy like Josh Donaldson or an outfielder like Byron Buxton.

Buxton is up for arbitration next offseason and will hit the open market in 2023.

So if the Yankees get him they’ll need to pay up down the road.

Colorado Rockies

The Rox are a bad team this season and shouldn’t take many positive steps in ’21.

The Yankees might want outfielder Charlie Blackmon because over the last few seasons he’s been outstanding with the bat.

He would help the Yanks now, but he is owed $34 million over the next two seasons and will hit free agency in 2024.

Colorado’s Jon Gray has performed well this season and will be a free agent next offseason.

The 29-year-old has a 3.12 ERA over 40.1 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts.

The Yankees haven’t gotten much from starters Jameson Taillon and Jordan Montgomery. So, Gray should help the backend of the rotation.

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are awful, but the Yankees could pluck some players from their roster before the MLB Trade Deadline.

Matthew Boyd has a 2.27 ERA in six games and 35.2 innings for Detroit this year.

The Yankees don’t have a dominate lefty in their rotation. They only have one lefty in Montgomery, but he hasn’t been great.

The Tigers don’t have hitters that really draw much trade interest, but the Yanks might look at a reliever such as Gregory Soto.

Final Thoughts

The Yankees could try to make a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

Kris Bryant will become a free agent next offseason and Kyle Hendricks is a nice rotation arm.

Hendricks is owed $29.5 million the next two years, but would be a big plus for the New York Yankees pitching staff.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are another team the Yanks could trade with, since they aren’t playoff contenders in ’21.

How do you feel about the Yankees in 2021? Leave a comment below.

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