As the baseball season rolls into the All-Star Break, that means the trade deadline is right around the corner. The New York Yankees currently sit with the third best record in baseball, but are positioned for a wild card berth. That wild card game presents the Seattle Mariners and one of baseball’s best lefties in James Paxton if the standings remain the same; meaning, the Yankees could win 100-plus games and still go home before the divisional round even begins. Enter Jacob deGrom.
Outside of Luis Severino and C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees’ rotation has been inconsistent. Masahiro Tanaka just returned from the disabled list, but he was struggling prior to his D.L. stint anyways. Domingo Germán has the same problem as Michael Piñeda did: amazing stuff, but sometimes cannot put it all together. Sonny Gray has been downright awful. Jordan Montgomery is lost to Tommy John. With the likes of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Dallas Keuchel in Houston, and Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez in Boston, the Yankees to bulk up their pitching staff.
Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman has touched base with the New York Mets about a trade for deGrom. The Yankees have the pieces in the minors to make a deal happen. deGrom is currently hosting a sub-1.80 ERA but only possesses a 5-4 record because of the lacking Mets’ offense. Brian Cashman has spent the last few years building up the farm system for times like this when the Yankees were front and center in the championship picture again. Now that the Yankees are back to their winning ways, they cannot squander the opportunity to get a top-fledged starter.
Luis Severino is dominating as the Yankees ace. However, he does not have a co-ace like the other American League powerhouses possess. The Yankees lost out, to the Astros nonetheless, on Gerrit Cole in the offseason. If the Yankees want any chance of pushing through the ALCS this year and onto the World Series, they need to make a big swing for deGrom.