MLB Trade Rumors: 9 Big Trades the New York Yankees Might Trigger

Solomon RyanCorrespondent IIJuly 12, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: 9 Big Trades the New York Yankees Might Trigger

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    Unfortunately for Yankee fans, injury after injury keeps amounting for the Yankees this season.
    It's like a wish list, except this list is not good.

    There are multiple all-stars and key players who have been absent from the Yankee line-up. Alex Rodriguez, Joba Chamberlain, Pedro Feliciano, Rafael Soriano, Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes are just some of the players who have missed some valued time for the Yankees.

    In order to be in the playoff hunt, the Yankees have to make a big trade or hope some of their role players step up. Something tells me they won’t take the chance on the role players.

    Here is a list of the top nine candidates to be traded to the Yankees.

9. John Danks, Chicago White Sox, Starting Pitcher

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    Although Danks' season so far is not living up to expectations, he still has time to turn things around. Danks has been a consistent pitcher his entire career and this year should not be different.

    Since 2008, Danks has pitched at least 195 innings, won 12 or more games and has had a 3.77 ERA or below in all of those seasons. He rarely gets injured. Danks has started 32 games or more his last three seasons (finished 14th twice and 5th once for most starts in the American League). With his durability, he would be a good antidote for all of the injuries the Yankees sustain.

8. Brett Myers, Houston Astros, Starting Pitcher

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    When Myers went to Houston last year, no one thought he would be one of National League’s most productive pitchers. He finished 5th in innings pitched last year. This year, Myers is not doing too well.

    Being on a contending team sometimes ignites a player. Myers can be a solid pitcher as we saw last season. He can eat up innings, which is especially important for the Yankees because their bullpen has suffered a lot of injuries.

7. Heath Bell, San Diego Padres, Reliever

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    Bell is one of the most underrated players in baseball. This year, he is tied for second in the majors in saves (26) and has only blown one save. In 2009 Bell finished with 42 saves (first in the NL) and in 2010 he amassed 47 saves (second in the NL).

    Bell would be a perfect fit as a set-up man for Rivera, or he could close out games if Rivera needs rest. Rivera has been battling a sore shoulder so if worst comes to worst, the Yankees could use Bell as a closer.

6. Andrew Bailey, Oakland Athletics, Reliever

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    Rivera cannot close games forever. He is human, or so I think. The best closer ever will soon have to retire, and when that time comes, the Yankees need a closer. If they can make a deal for Bailey not only will he help in the short run, he will help long term.

    Bailey is only 27 and hasn’t put on a lot of innings, so he is a young 27. His numbers are out of this world. He has a career ERA of 1.77 and opponents are batting .178 against him.

5. Sean Burnett, Washington Nationals, Reliever

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    The Yankees are in desperate need of a left-handed reliever, and Burnett could be the pitcher to fill that void. Left handed hitters are batting .226 against Burnett this season.

4. Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics, Reliever

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    Balfour has been a steady reliever his last few years and this season, things haven’t changed much. He has 2.34 ERA and opponents are batting .189 against him. With Chamberlain and Soriano out the rest of the year, Balfour would be a good replacement.

3. Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals, Reliever

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    Talk about underrated. Soria plays on one of the least marketable teams, Kansas City, so he doesn’t get the attention he deserves. His career numbers are staggering. He hasn’t blown more than four saves in a single season except this year and has a career 2.27 ERA.

    He compares to Bailey very much because he is young and can maybe take over the closer's role in the future. Soria is one of the premier closers in all of baseball.

2. Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs, Third Baseman

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    Every year the Cubs are a disappointment. This year, they are not going to try and hide the fact that they need to rebuild in order to get better. That is exactly why they are going to trade arguably their most valued hitter, next to Starlin Castro. With Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list, Ramirez could replace him, and after he recovers he can DH.

1. Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers, First Baseman/Designated Hitter

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    The Brewers will not be able to afford Fielder for next season and he could be more valued than Pujols because he is younger. Fielder is the perfect fit for the Yankees because he fills in the DH role the Yankees have been struggling with the entire season. In order to get Fielder, there will have to a be a blockbuster deal, but doubting the Yankees is like doubting the grass is green.