The Yankees made one of their biggest deadline deals in years on Tuesday when they sent four players to the White Sox in exchange for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. However, that doesn’t look to be the final deal. According to Meredith Marakovits, GM Brian Cashman still considers the Yankees to be, “careful buyers.”
“I’m going to stay engaged,” Cashman told Marakovitz. “We are going to remain careful buyers. We want to maximize our present while protecting future.”
With holes in the bullpen, and the first base position taken care of, the Yankees are expected to fix their biggest current issue — the rotation.
The Yankees need starting pitching help immediately, and in the future. Currently, the only starting pitchers who definitely have a spot on next year’s team are Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino. Masahiro Tanaka can opt-out of the final three years of his contract, and CC Sabathia and the injured Michael Pineda are free agents.
There has been speculation that the Yankees could go after Justin Verlander, whose makes a ton of money on a team that isn’t expected to go anywhere. However, Jon Paul Morosi has reported that sources have told him that, despite the fact the Tigers are willing to eat some of Verlander’s salary, there is no indication that the Yankees are involved in trade talks.
Verlander, 34, has a 4.54 ERA, a 8.5 K/9 and a career-high 4.2 BB/9 in 117 innings this season. He’s also owed a whopping $28 million over each of the next two seasons.
It’s worth noting that before Jose Quintana was traded to the Cubs, the Yankees were going after him. “They were quietly deep in it,” according to Mark Feinsand. The Cubs dealt one of the best hitting prospects in baseball in that deal so it stands to reason that any trade the Yankees made would have involved Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier and, likely, Blake Rutherford, who eventually went to Chicago.