Yankees: Time is running out and the options are limited

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) General Manager Brian Cashman and Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees during batting practice before Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 4-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) General Manager Brian Cashman and Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees during batting practice before Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on October 9, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 4-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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More Options for the Yankees

Zack Wheeler – A couple of weeks ago, it was all but a done deal that Wheeler was going to be dealt. A stint to the IL could possibly have made Wheeler a less attractive option for teams. On the other hand, however, his price tag is probably much lower than teammate Noah Syndergaard.

The Yankees could probably get away with sending the aforementioned pitching prospect and another low-level talent for Wheeler. This might make Wheeler a more attractive option, especially considering that since last season Wheeler (7.0 fWAR has been slightly better than “Thor” (6.9 fWAR)


Trevor Bauer – Recent reports have indicated that Bauer will likely stay put. However, an attractive offer could entice the Cleveland Indians to move the right-handed starter.

Bauer will be worth more money as he is already arbitration-eligible and currently making $13M. Next season will be his final year of arbitration before becoming an unrestricted free agent and should, therefore, be paid a bit higher.

Taking on his contract would certainly help the Indians, but will not entice the organization to make a move. However, returning Clint Frazier to the team that drafted him and adding another piece – Deivi Garcia or Estevan Florian? – should probably suffice.


Madison Bumgarner – Like Bauer and Syndergaard, MadBum’s team has indicated that they might keep the 29-year-old veteran. Especially considering that the San Francisco Giants have played themselves into playoff contention.

However, MadBum will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and will likely ask for a significant raise. By holding on to him, the Giants risk either overpaying for him or losing him for nothing.

The Yankees could potentially entice the Giants by offering them Miguel Andujar, who could man third-base for the squad next season.  If the Giants are honest with themselves, they’re likely not going anywhere this season and should try to squeeze something out of the veteran pitcher.