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New York Yankees: 10 Bold Trade Ideas for This Offseason

Phillip BrownSenior Analyst IIJanuary 2, 2017

New York Yankees: 10 Bold Trade Ideas for This Offseason

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    Let me start out by saying that these trades proposals are very, very bold and probably will not happen. They are just ideas to start conversation about the future of the Yankees, their needs and what trade chips they could possibly use to trade to improve their team.

    Lets look at 10 bold trade ideas for the Yankees this offseason.

Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain

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    Yankees Get: Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain

    Giants Get: Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez and Austin Romine

    Why Should the Giants Accept it?

    Both Lincecum and Cain have declined to sign contract extensions, and with Cain hitting free agency next offseason, their value will only drop with each passing year. In return San Francisco would get Jesus Montero, three great pitching prospects, a defensive/speedy outfielder and a utility infielder.

    The Giants were hoping to land Jose Reyes this offseason, but with each passing day it looks as if he will be on his way to Miami. They would also dump about $30 million worth of salaries. This would allow the Giants to rebuild by infusing their team with young talent to go with Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Vogelsong, Madison Bumgarner and Brian Wilson.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Could you imagine a rotation of CC Sabathia, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ivan Nova? That's scary. The Yankees would have to replace Brett Gardner, but that can be done by signing Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. Yes, this would completely destroy the Yankees farm system, but could they really pass this trade up?

Troy Tulowitzki

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    Rockies Get: Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, Cito Culver and Brett Gardner

    Yankees Get: Troy Tulowitzki

    Why Should the Rockies Accept it?

    The Rockies need to rebuild, they already traded Ubaldo Jiminez and Todd Helton will be retiring very soon. This would be much more difficult to explain to their fans than the Jiminez trade, but Tulowitzki has a massive nine years and $152.25 million left on his deal. The payroll relief along with the young talent they would get in return would be worth trading Tulowitzki.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Who is Derek Jeter's heir apparent? Cito Culver? Maybe. Eduardo Nunez? I hope not. This trade would answer that question. Tulowitzki is only 27 years old and is considered the best shortstop in the majors. Plus, he is signed until 2021, when he turns 36, so Tulowitzki would be a Yankee until he retires. This trade would also allow Alex Rodriguez to move to full-time DH, because Tulowitzki would move to third base until Derek Jeter retired.

Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez

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    Marlins Get: Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, Cito Culver and Slade Heathcott

    Yankees Get: Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez

    Why Should the Marlins Accept it?

    The Marlins seem to be the frontrunners for Jose Reyes, so either Hanley Ramirez will move to third base or be traded. I don't see Ramirez liking being switched to third. He is known for being lazy, but if Reyes comes to Miami I think that will get worse.

    Josh Johnson on the other hand is injured very often, but is also a Cy Young candidate when he does pitch. The return will be enough to get the Marlins interested. Banuelos, Betances and Hughes will more than replace Johnson, and Jesus Montero will be the perfect fit at first base when the Marlins miss out on Albert Pujols. Ramirez is signed for three more years for a total of $46.5 million, while Josh Johnson is signed for two more years for a total of $27.5 million, This payroll relief will allow the Marlins to go after big name free agents over the next two to three years.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Personally, I think all Josh Johnson needs is a change of scenery and the injuries will die down. Hanley Ramirez will play third base and allow Alex Rodriguez to move to DH. Then when Jeter retires, Ramirez will move to shortstop. I don't think Ramirez will be lazy in New York; the winning atmosphere and the veterans around him will make him work harder.

Matt Kemp

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    Dodgers Get: Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes and Slade Heathcott

    Yankees Get: Matt Kemp

    Why Should the Dodgers Accept it?

    With Frank McCourt selling the team, he has no reason to spend any money, because the money he spends will come out of his own pocket. For this reason, McCourt will not extend Matt Kemp's contract; and when a new owner is finally found, it may be too late to get Kemp to sign an extension before he hits the open market next offseason.

    In return, they would finally get that power-hitting first baseman they were hoping James Loney would be, they would get a replacement for Kemp and two very good young pitchers along with payroll relief.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Matt Kemp is probably going to win the NL MVP, and with Nick Swisher on the last year of his deal, Kemp has a home in right field. Kemp also hit .324, with 39 home runs and 126 runs batted in in spacious Dodger Stadium, imagine what he could do in Yankee Stadium. He also stole 40 bases, which would pair him with Brett Gardner to make havoc on the basepaths. At only 27 years old, Kemp would be a Yankee for a very long time.

Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill

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    Athletics Get: Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, Eduardo Nunez and Slade Heathcott

    Yankees Get: Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill

    Why Should the Athletics Accept it?

    Gio Gonzalez is entering his first year of arbitration, so he will be getting a hefty salary increase due to his stellar 2011 season; meanwhile, Cahill is going to be paid $30 million over the next four years. Trading both of them will free up a lot of money and let them move closer to a $50 million payroll while still having a lot of young talent.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill are young, and both have shown that they can be dominant. Gonzalez impressed with a 3.1 2ERA in 2011, and Cahill impressed with a 2.97 ERA in 2010. If they can both keep their ERA around that level, the Yankees will be adding two very good and very young pitchers to their rotation for years to come.

Felix Hernandez/Clayton Kershaw

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    I am going to group Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw together as one trade because they are similar pitchers with teams in similar positions, minus the Frank McCourt fiasco.

    Mariners/Dodgers Get: Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez and Phil Hughes (only in the Kershaw trade)

    Yankees Get: Felix Hernandez/Clayton Kershaw

    Why Should the Mariners/Dodgers Accept it?

    Both pitchers will be paid heftily next season and in the foreseeable future, so the Mariners/Dodgers will be able to save a lot of money in order to bring in other players. Both teams have weak offenses and a bevy young great pitching prospects, so losing their aces wouldn't hurt that much because they would quickly be replaced while also adding offensive help.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Clayton Kerhsaw and Felix Hernandez are both very young excellent starting pitchers. They would pair with CC Sabathia and form one of the best pitching duos in the majors. The Yankees would be giving up a king's ransom, but bringing in a bona fide ace would be worth it.

James Shields and Evan Longoria

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    Rays Get: Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes and Dante Bichette, Jr.

    Yankees Get: James Shields and Evan Longoria

    Why Should the Rays Accept it?

    Both Longoria and Shields are locked up for a while for fairly cheap; but could the Rays really pass up a package like this? Not only do they get two great young pitchers, but they also get an eventual replacement for Longoria and one of the best hitting prospects ever. Rays GM Andrew Frideman will have a tough time passing this trade up.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    James Shields is a proven AL East workhorse, and at 29 years old, he is still young. Evan Longoria would immediately replace Alex Rodriguez, who would move to DH, at third base and would stay there for another eight years or so. The Yankees would give up some very good prospects; but a potential ace and perhaps the best third baseman in the majors is worth that price.

Jair Jurrjens, Eric O'Flaherty and Arodys Vizcaino

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    Braves Get: Jesus Montero, David Phelps and Eduardo Nunez

    Yankees Get: Jair Jurrjens, Eric O'Flaherty and Arodys Vizcaino

    Why Should the Braves Accept it?

    This trade actually came from a Braves fan I talked to, so I think Atlanta would like it. He thinks that if this trade were to go down that Jesus Montero would play first and Freddie Freedman would move to third. If this trade did happen, a middle of the order of Jesus Montero, Freddie Freedman, Brian McCann and Jason Heyward would be scary for years to come. The Braves would also get their shortstop of the future in Eduardo Nunez and get a rotation arm in David Phelps.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Jair Jurrjens is a 25-year-old pitcher who has been excellent so far in his career (2.60 ERA in 2009 and 2.96 ERA in 2011), he would pair very nicely with CC Sabathia atop the rotation and would stay there for many years. Eventually Mariano Rivera will retire, Rafael Soriano will leave New York and David Robertson will take over the closer's role. Who will be the Yankees setup man? How about 26-year-old lefty Eric O'Flaherty? He posted a 0.98 ERA last year for the Braves and would be a very good complement to Robertson. The Yankees would also get one of the best pitching prospects in the majors in Arodys Vizcaino.

Adam Wainwright

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    Cardinals Get: Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes and Eduardo Nunez

    Yankees Get: Adam Wainwright

    Why Should the Cardinals Accept it?

    The Cardinals showed that they could win without Wainwright this season, and St. Louis could use the $21 million he is owed over the next two seasons to retain Albert Pujols. He is also coming off Tommy John surgery, and at 30 years old, you never know if he will be the same.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    Adam Wainwright is a dynamic pitcher and before he tore his UCL he was one of the best pitchers in the majors. Wainwright has a career 2.97 ERA and posted a 2.63 ERA in 2009 and a 2.42 ERA and 2010. If Wainwright comes back from Tommy John surgery as good as he was before, he would be an excellent addition to the Yankees' rotation. According to, 85 percent of pitchers who get Tommy John surgery fully recover, so I like his chances of coming back and helping the Yankees win in over the next five to six years.

Carlos Zambrano

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    Cubs Get: A.J. Burnett

    Yankees Get: Carlos Zambrano

    Why Should the Cubs Accept it?

    Carlos Zambrano is an awful presence in the locker room and because of that was suspended without pay for the end of last season. A.J. Burnett isn't the best guy in the locker room either, but he has won a ring and is a better pitcher than Zambrano. I think Burnett will have a pretty good ERA in the NL, hovering around 3.70.

    Why Should the Yankees Accept it?

    One thing—length of contract. Zambrano's contract is only for one more year, unless he finishes in the top four in the Cy Young voting, while A.J. Burnett's contract is for two more seasons.

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