The 2021 NY Yankees have made several moves this offseason to try to improve the team while remaining under the luxury tax. They have been successful in doing that so far but they may not be done yet. With some high-quality names currently on the trade block that have attracted interest from General Manager Brian Cashman, the 2021 NY Yankees could be in line to make a big move before the start of next season.
2021 NY Yankees Offseason Moves
There have been several changes made to the 2021 NY Yankees compared to the 2020 team. Most notably are the changes to the pitching staff. The starting rotation this year is going to look much different than it did last year and the bullpen pieces have been altered as well. Let’s take a look at what the Yankees have done so far this offseason.
Potential Trade Targets
Brian Cashman is always looking for ways to improve this team and this year is no different. He has been active in seeking out potential trade targets from several teams that may be looking to deal one of their top stars. The Yankees have shown interest in trading for Cincinnati Reds star pitcher Luis Castillo earlier this offseason, and they still could, but after trading for Jameson Taillon and signing Corey Kluber it appears less likely that Castillo would still be a target. Let’s now take a look at two potential trade targets that would make sense for the 2021 NY Yankees.
The 28-year-old shortstop of the Colorado Rockies, Trevor Story is in the prime of his career. The five-year veteran and two-time all-star is just as consistent on offense as he is on defense. He is currently in the last year of his contract and his future is now in question after the Rockies traded Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals. It seems unlikely that Story would remain with the team while they are going through a full rebuild, so the Rockies might as well get something in return for Story via trade.
This is where the 2021 NY Yankees come in. The Yankees definitely have prospects that would be desirable to a rebuilding franchise and may be able to get this trade done if they want to. Trevor Story would be an instant upgrade to the 2021 NY Yankees by improving their defense at shortstop and adding yet another dangerous bat to an already loaded lineup.
A 26-year-old left-handed relief pitcher of the Milwaukee Brewers, Josh Hader is one of the most electric arms in all of baseball. The reason why the Brewers could trade Hader is that his trade value right now is most likely at an all-time high. He’s been one of the best pitchers in the league and still has three years of team control left on his contract. The haul the Brewers would get in return for Hader would be massive and could instantly improve the depth of their roster.
The 2021 NY Yankees are an ideal landing spot for Hader if he is traded. Bullpen strength is always a very high priority to Brian Cashman, and after losing Kahnle and Ottavino this offseason, Hader provides an opportunity to upgrade in a big way. This would make an already very good bullpen even better and reinforce the heavy bullpen pitching strategy the Yankees have used in recent years.
If the Yankees are to acquire either of these superstar players, the price will not be cheap. Top prospects like Jasson Dominguez and Clarke Schmidt may have to be included to get a deal done for someone as valuable as Josh Hader. With Trevor Story being on the last year of his contract he may be cheaper, but would still require a large haul including prospects and maybe a player like Clint Frazier. It will be interesting to see in the near future if Brian Cashman pulls a big move to improve this 2021 NY Yankees roster even more for their push at a World Series title this season.
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