Welp it’s that time already, the trade deadline has done wonders for the Yankees and their current team by getting guys like Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Zack Britton, Luke Voit, and JA Happ. But what other pieces could the Yankees use to help them in October? Well I’ll be giving you 5 guys who could possibly be on the Yankees radar for the upcoming trade deadline.
5. Brad Hand (RP)
You can never have too many good relievers right? The only lefty that the Yankees can rely on right now is Zack Britton but he’s a late relief guy. Who will the Yankees turn to in a high leverage spot against a left? Well that is why I have Brad Hand on this list, Brad Hand doesn’t have the best stats as of recently but he’s capable of holding the game down. In the years of 2016-2018 he had an ERA hovering around 3 and was an All Star 2 out of the 3 years. If the Yankees could get that Brad Hand then we would have a guy who would be capable of maintaining any lead and help move towards Chapman.
4. Archie Bradley (RP)
Archie Bradley would help the Yankees pen and Aaron Boone a lot. And why is that? Well Aaron Boone might be put into a situation where he doesn’t have Chad Green in a game that didn’t start that well in the postseason. Boone probably doesn’t want Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder, Ben Heller, or Jonathan Loaisiga in the game that could get blown out of proportion. That’s where Archie Bradley comes in, if you need someone to keep guys off base or keep runners away from touching the plate well here’s your guy. Archie has pitched well in the 2020 campaign so far and has pitched in high leverage playoff spots for the DBacks as well. The only conflict would be to get Archie to shave that beard of his.
3. Robbie Ray (SP)
Another guy who has gotten off to a horrible start in 2020 but has the potential to turn it around is Robbie Ray. Robbie has been on the Yankees trade radar for a year now and there is a good reason for it. Ray is a left handed pitcher and basically is the younger JA Happ. Throws the Curve, 4 Seam, Sinker, Slider. Now he does get swings and misses but when he gets hit he gets rocked into next week. If the Yankees can get his slider and fastball controlled then they will have themselves a stud pitcher for years to come.
2. Mike Minor (SP)
The 32 year youngster Mike Minor has seen a lot of baseball but really hasn’t seen a lot of important baseball. Minor will get the ball in play but it won’t be hit that hard. The Yankees need a starter that can just get outs and Minor will be able to do that. Minor throws a 4 Seam, Slider, Change up, and a curve. Yet again not a guy that will overpower with his stuff but will get the job done for you. Minor could also help the young pitchers we have like Clarke Schmidt, Devi Garcia, Michael King, and more.
1. Lance Lynn (SP)
Yes I know we’ve done this story but Lance Lynn is a different ball player now at the age of 33, and if he keeps pitching like he has the last 2 years he could definitely be a main piece in our championship run. Now you’re asking me “what’s the difference between this Lance and 2018 Lance?” Well in 5 starts already Lynn has a 1.11 ERA. 36 K’s, with 0.7 WHIP. And why didn’t he do that for the Yankee the first time well… Lance started throwing his fastball and cutter more and started throwing his sinker less. Let’s give Lance a 2nd try and see if he can be as dominant as he has with the Rangers.