One possible trade partner for the Yankees could be the Arizona Diamondbacks. A potential deal could break down as such:
The Yankees receive:
- SS Didi Gregorius
- P J.J. Putz
The Diamondbacks receive:
This deal would work out for both sides, filling multiple needs for both organizations.
Back in spring training, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro that the team was seeking a catcher.
Our biggest needs in our system are catching -- if it's the right, top-notch catching prospect, someone we could have right behind Miggy (Miguel Montero)... Maybe an outfielder, but probably more catching and Double-A, Triple-A type starter.
With Romine, Arizona would be getting just that, a solid defensive backup catcher to slide in behind Montero, the starter. Romine has big league experience and the skills you want from a backup, as Montero posses the power in this dynamic.
Additionally, Suzuki would bring a veteran presence as well as solid defense to an abysmal Diamondbacks team. After going into the season with playoff aspirations, Arizona has gotten off to an 8-21 start and may just need some leadership.
Phelps on the other hand could bring a much needed shakeup to Arizona's rotation or provide assistance in the bullpen while at the same time being under team control until 2019. With three pitchers on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgery (Patrick Corbin, David Hernandez and Matt Reynolds) and only two pitchers with a winning record (relievers Putz and Joe Thatcher are 1-0), Arizona's staff is looking pretty thin to say the least.
The Yankees could fill two major needs.
Despite being considered major league ready, Gregorius lost the battle to be the D'Backs starting shortstop to fellow prospect Chris Owings. At Triple-A Reno he is currently batting .269 with two homers and 10 RBI's.
For the Yankees, he would give the team much needed depth in the infield. He could even be looked at as a possible successor to Derek Jeter. At 24 years of age, there is still time for Gregorius to grow as a player.
Putz would give the Yankees a veteran reliever in the bullpen. Despite the early success of the team's relief corps, the bullpen is rather young and inexperienced. Putz also has experience as a closer, making him all the more valuable should Robertson sputter in his new role.
Of course, this deal is purely speculative, but the pieces do match. It would certainly help improve both teams. Perhaps Towers and Yankees GM Brian Cashman should get on the phone.