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.