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Come on. Where there’s trade speculating regarding a starting pitcher, the New York Yankees are not far behind.
Their offense leads MLB with a 116 weighted runs created plus (wRC+). While second behind the Houston Astros in ERA (2.78), their bullpen’s 31.4 strikeout percentage bests baseball’s leaderboard. Already a title contender in spite of a 4.03 rotation ERA, an effective ace could turn them into an impenetrable juggernaut.
The Bronx Bombers are mostly responsible for entertaining this thought in the first place. When acknowledging the possibility of St. Louis shopping Martinez, Goold noted them as a viable partner because of their “close-proximity prospects of interest.”
According to USA Today‘s Doug Rush, the Yankees “have solid interest” in Martinez, whom they scouted during Thursday’s rough start (six runs allowed in five innings) against the Cubs.
Even if the Mets dangle Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, they may foolishly resist sending one across the Big Apple. The Cardinals, however, should have no qualms over dealing Martinez to the AL. He looked like a sensible pivot before landing back on the disabled list, so the Yankees are the team best positioned to throw caution to the wind and pursue the wounded starter.
- RHP Albert Abreu (No. 3 in NYY, No. 60 Overall)
- RHP Chance Adams (No. 4 in NYY)
- RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 12 in NYY)
- OF Isiah Gilliam (No. 29 in NYY)
With Matt Carpenter hitting like Babe Ruth, the Yankees can keep Miguel Andujar. They also will not relinquish their ironclad grip on rookie phenom Gleyber Torres, and general manager Brian Cashman has already balked at trading top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.
Given their surplus of young talent, they can still formulate a reasonable offer by ransacking a farm flush with power arms.
Albert Abreu needs more seasoning, but his power heater and crushing curveball still contain the foundation of a future ace. He could be a candidate to follow Jordan Hicks’ express path to the majors via the bullpen.
This time last year, Cashman also likely fended off plenty of requests for Chance Adams. Instead of following his breakout 2017 by ascending to the majors, he has posted a 4.89 ERA in 18 Triple-A starts. He has still submitted more than a strikeout per inning, so the Cardinals may see an opportunity to secure a near-ready No. 4 starter.
Before injuring his shoulder, Jonathan Loaisiga posted a 3.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18 big league innings. The 23-year-old expedited his debut by registering 58 strikeouts and four walks in 10 minor league starts.
Because they can taste their 28th title, the Evil Empire throws in Isiah Gilliam for good measure. The bat-first outfielder flaunts enough power to buy as an upside flier. This deal gives St. Louis a lot of high-impact talent capable of bolstering a 2019 refresh rather than a long-term rebuild.