Stock Up, Stock Down: MLB trade deadline winners and losers

May 25, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Texas Rangers General Manager Chris Young on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Texas Rangers General Manager Chris Young on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brian Cashman, New York Yankees
Jun 20, 2023; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on the field during batting practice before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Stock Down: MLB trade deadline loser – New York Yankees

Usually, at this time of year, the New York Yankees are buyers and trying to outbid other teams to land the top players to make a deep postseason run. Not this year.

Currently in last place in the AL East just behind the equally struggling Boston Red Sox, the Yankees could have moved some players in the final year of their contracts. Outfielder Harrison Bader, pitcher Wandy Peralta, and Isiah Finer-Kalefa could have been moved for prospects.

Let’s be real, New York is in a position that they are not used to, bringing up the rear in the division and not having a roster that is built for October. If they didn’t want to sell off, then they could have looked to add a catcher to a core that is struggling both defensively and offensively. Austin Hedges anyone?

This is a season that seems like it’s going to be a lost season in the Bronx and another season wasted with Aaron Judge, despite his toe injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two months. I predicted that they will finish in the basement in the division with some post-All-Star Break predictions and that could come true by the end of September. They should have sold what they could.

This postseason is shaping up to be one where it would not be surprising to see any team win the World Series. Texas, Houston, and Baltimore made moves that improve their chances, while other teams in the hunt stood pat or made moves that didn’t move the needle much. Time will tell who the real winners and losers end up being.

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