The deadline is fast approaching, and the Bronx Bombers (I use the term loosely) are sitting 5.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox. Many people, including almost everyone on New York Sports Radio, say the Yankees should deal Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley, etc. for prospects and look to make the necessary moves to improve for NEXT season. Something we are not used to hearing from the Yankees camp, as we are so used to seeing them make the playoffs every year.
But the weird thing about these Yankees is that they're 48-46 and have won 3 straight against division leaders (Boston and Baltimore). We all know that the Yankees, no matter how bad they look, always go on a run to the playoffs.
The Yankees know what kind of players Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Mark Texeira are. They're ALL better than they've shown, so they really only need 2 or 3 of the 4 to get going to add a ton more production to the Bronx Bomber lineup.
As for their pitching though, struggling pitchers like Luis Severino and Michael Pineda are unproven pitchers; the Yankees don't know who they're going to become. So why not act now and try to add to their rotation while they're still in a position to make that run?
But who's available? The names that we always hear thrown around are Rich Hill, Ervin Santana, and Jeremy Hellickson. But we are talking about the New York Yankees. GM Brian Cashman doesn't care about his farm whatsoever, so he would be more than willing to trade for top prospects for proven talent.
So how about a couple of names we rarely hear about now? Zack Grienke and Shelby Miller.
As for Grienke, he really has settled down after a putrid start to his first year on this monstrous contract he got last winter from the Diamondbacks. However, his 10-3 record and 3.62 ERA aren't close to what the D-Backs had in mind when they signed him. All-in-all, not a bad contract for Arizona. On the other hand, Shelby Miller hasn't pitched well at all. In fact, he recently got DFA'd. He's 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA and now in AAA; they're done with him. So why wouldn't the Yankees take a flier on him since the bottom of their rotation has been less than impressive as well?
So here is how the deal shapes up:
Yankees get: Zack Grienke and Shelby Miller
Arizona gets: Aroldis Chapman, Slade Heathcott, Ronald Torreyes, and Luis Severino.
Hear me out; Yankees take on the Miller and Grienke contracts completely and, in return, trade the rental Chapman to 'Zona with prospects. The Diamondbacks only have to pay a half year's worth of a contract, and can restart after the season. Plus, they traded Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson as part of the Miller trade, so they will be replenishing their farm with some really attractive prospects.
Think of a rotation like this: