Why would anyone pay a lot for a platoon DH?

 

Here’s the latest Daily News hottake:

GM Brian Cashman could plan on dividing them up among his surplus of position players, but here’s a better idea: trade for Kyle Schwarber.

Such a notion has been out there going back to the 2016 trade deadline, when the Yankees would have gladly taken Schwarber for Aroldis Chapman, except the Cubs weren’t about to give him up at the time, even though he was sidelined due to knee surgery.

So how about Dellin Betances and Chance Adams for Schwarber?

So the idea is to weaken the bullpen and rotation depth for a DH who can’t hit against lefties? Look at Schwarber’s numbers against southpaws: .159/.270/.312. It’s not even like his overall numbers are that good that it makes up for it. He’s now had 764 plate appearances and managed just a .222/.329/.467 line.

The best thing that you could say about Schwarber is that he finished the 2017 season with a hot bat, he hit .265/.346/.575 in his final 29 starts. People also talk about how well he’d hit with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. All of that would be fine if he could do anything aside from DH (and after watching Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira being neutralized by the shift, I’m not excited by dead pull hitters anymore).

Even ignoring all of Schwarber’s shortcomings, and the idea of giving up one of the team’s best young starting pitching prospects, the Yankees are probably best leaving the DH spot open rather than clog it with a platoon bat. That way they leave some wiggle room to work Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar into the lineup if they’re hitting. At least until they get rid of Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees need a more dynamic bat than a DH who is going to sit against all lefties.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

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4 Responses to Why would anyone pay a lot for a platoon DH?

  1. Balt Yank says:

    Wow, what a bad idea. Trade our best pitching prospect this year, Chance Adams, for a mediocre PT DH. Terrible. Throw in Killer B, who had a bad month and several great months. Maybe Killer B should be limited to 60 or less innings and give the dude a rest for one season.

  2. Terry says:

    I agree. The trouble with being a pull hitter with a short porch? The other team knows it too. Cashman likes this guy a lot. I wonder what he would pay. I don’t like it, especially with Adams involved. No thanks

  3. tom says:

    I don't think Cashman will make a trade for him in a hurry. He likes Profar as well.

  4. Jerry says:

    Good thing it's just a hypothetical thought, I would not trade either one of them straight up for Schwarber. We simply don't need him, not at that cost.

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