With two weeks until the July 31st MLB trade deadline, the need is still clear – the Yankees need a difference making pitcher. I posted last month about Max Scherzer being that target, but since then the Nationals have inserted themselves back into the National League playoff picture and, truthfully, the idea was slightly far-fetched. Enter the next best thing, in my eyes, in Trevor Bauer.
The Cleveland Indians right hander is one of the many pitchers available this deadline and I find him to be a difference maker. Yes, his numbers aren’t as stellar as last year’s but he still boasts elite stuff and is capable of being dominant when locked. Can the same be said for, say, a Marcus Stroman? Zack Wheeler? Mike Minor? Matt Boyd? I don’t believe so. Plus, unlike Mad Bum, Bauer comes with an extra year of control for next season.
A large part of my thinking is how right handed the contenders are in the American League. The Astros boast Alex Bregman, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve while the Twins have Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, CJ Cron, Byron Buxton.
The cost will be high in either Clint Frazier or Estevan Florial plus other assets but Bauer fits the Yankees window perfectly. Aside from cost, another potential hurdle will be the Indians hanging around in the playoff race. The Indians have an enormous decision to make between now and July 31st.
In a perfect world, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino would serve as major additions to this club by mid August but when this Yankees team is THIS good, you can’t gamble on players who aren’t even guaranteed to take the mound this year.
Lets see how Cashman plays this deadline out…