As Hot Stove season rapidly approaches, some Yankees players could find themselves in trade rumors. However, just because a player is mentioned in a trade rumor, doesn’t mean the Yankees are thinking of moving said player. Anyway, with the Yankees needs, who could possibly find themselves in the midst of a Hot Stove rumor this winter?
Brian McCann and Austin Romine had to realize they were on the outside looking in entering the winter. The Yankees have all but given the starting catching position to Gary Sanchez for 2017, and the Yankees are not known to carry three catchers into an upcoming season. Which means it would be a given either McCann or Romine are dealt at some point during the offseason. If the Yankees deal Romine or McCann, you’d have to wonder what kind of player the organization would get in return.
Did I list Michael Pineda simply because I’m interested in seeing him on the trade block?
Yeah, pretty much.
Look, it’s likely Pineda is taking the Ivan Nova approach, where the Yankees would be forced to deal him due to his ineffectiveness. And with the five seasons Pineda has been with the Yankees, he hasn’t exactly turned himself into the All-Star pitcher the Yankees traded for back in 2011. However, what would a player like Pineda command on the trade market with the poor 2016 season he’s had?
It’s possible the Yankees could consider trading Chase Headley, but as of right now there’s no specific need to move the third baseman. Headley actually had a decent season for the New York Yankees, and with two years remaining on his contract, it’s more likely the Yankees would hold onto Headley for his glove and ability to swing to right field.
However, Headley could still be an option for the trade market should the team entice the idea.
It’s the same story every single winter for Brett Gardner. He always tends to find himself in the middle of trade rumors during Hot Stove season, only to end up in pinstripes come February. No doubt the same scenario will happen again with Gardner this year. However, out of the bunch I listed, Gardner is the least likely to be moved.
The Yankees are trying to put their best team on the field, and it would make sense for the Yankees to have Gardner on the roster in 2017, considering he led his position player teammates in WAR. It doesn’t hurt to mention Aaron Hicks and Mason Williams aren’t Major League ready starters, and despite popular fan belief, Clint Frazier is not ready for the Major Leagues after only playing 25 regular season games with the RailRiders. Unlike McCann, Romine, Headley and Pineda there’s no reasonable option at this moment that could take Gardner’s job.