The New York Yankees are looking to add starting pitching to their rotation. Could they be eying Jacob deGroom of the New York Mets to vill such void?
As loaded as the New York Yankees are up and down the lineup and within their bullpen, their Achilles heel of (lacking) starting pitching could catch up with them when the MLB postseason arrives.
Besides Luis Severino (9-1 record, 2.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 102 strikeouts) and C.C. Sabathia — who has found the fountain of youth — the New York Yankees lack consistency within their starting rotation. Plus, with Jordan Montgomery shelved now until 2019, their need for starting arms increases ten-fold.
Rumors have stirred that the New York Yankees are chasing Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, but that’s unlikely to happen. Plus, both sides would have to clear it through Joe Buck anyways.
Another viable option has presented itself to the Yankees, a potential blockbuster trade that would add to the sizzling summer heat.
Joe Giglio of NJ.com reports:
"As the countdown to the July 31 deadline approaches, this year’s deadline could be even more interesting. The reason: A blockbuster trade between the Yankees and Mets makes sense, with Jacob deGrom as the most logical star to switch New York City boroughs."
Two rivals within nearly 15 miles of one another could put away their differences and make moves that would help both sides — one thinking in the hear and now, while the other is (now) looking ahead to the future.
The New York Mets came storming out of the gates, but have slowed down considerably with a sputtering offense and unfortunate injuries to their pitching depth — primarily with Thor, Noah Syndergaard currently shelved once again.
Imagine if Jacob deGrom had the offense of the Yankees backing him up? He wouldn’t lose a game.
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If the New York Mets were going to part ways with their other All-Star hurler in Jacob Degrom, the New York Yankees would have to give up quite a bit. Jacob Degrom is pitching lights out in 2018, with a record of 4-1, ERA of 1.57, 1.00 WHIP, and 106 strikeouts.
Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez are all off limits, but Giglio believes they would be willing to part ways with their current third baseman, Miguel Andujar – though recent inside sources say that’s no longer an option. Other possible Yankees trade bait could be:
- Pitcher: Albert Abreu
- Pitcher: Chance Adams.
- Pitcher: Justus Sheffield
- Outfielder: Clint Frazier
- Outfielder: Estevan Florial
Is it worth it for the Bronx Bombers? Absolutely it is. Even though their farm system is steady, they have a team that is built to win now. Adding Jacob Degrom would increase their chances of hoisting up the Commissioner’s trophy this Fall — even if it means giving up promising young talent to do so.
The New York Yankees got a taste of Jacob Degrom this past Friday night, reminding them of their greatest weakness and how they could turn it into a great strength.