Brian Cashman has been very adamant about staying pat during the upcoming trade deadline, even though the Yankees are realistically only one or two pieces away from a legit playoff run. While Cashman is saying the Yankees won’t make a move, rival executives believe the Yankees will make a run for a starting pitcher.
The Yankees and Cole Hamels trade appears as if it’s not going to happen–the Phillies want too much and Hamels still has a pretty big contract through the year 2019, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post gave a thought on what if the Yankees offered Ivan Nova and a few secondary prospects to land a pitcher like Jeff Samardzija or even David Price. Ivan Nova would be a year further removed from Tommy John Surgery while Samardzija and Price would become free agents at the end of the year. Sherman mentions the White Sox and the Tigers can’t afford to keep Samardzija and Price, although both teams have said they are far from selling despite their standings in the American League Central.
My Thoughts: The Yankees trading for Samardzija and Price does seem rather tempting, considering the Yankees are probably the team to beat in the AL East. And it would also be interesting to have one of those two headline a rotation with Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda during the postseason. But is moving Ivan Nova and secondary prospects to get Samardzija and Price a good idea?
Adding either Samardzija and Price doesn’t necessarily get rid of CC Sabathia, who is still in the rotation, and has easily been the Yankees worst starter. I guess with Price and Samardzija in the rotation, CC doesn’t become as much of an issue, but again, is a gamble like this worth it?