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Yankees Trade Target: Trevor Story

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You know the drill, the Yankees need some help and they need it fast. A good option to start addressing those needs is no other than arguably the best position player available in the market right now. It’s Trevor Story-time!

Background & Performance

Story is a 28 year-old (turns 29 in November) shortstop, who has started there for the Colorado Rockies since his MLB debut in 2016, and with good reason. He is on the really short list of best shortstops in baseball ever since that year. How is he so good then? Let’s take a deeper look at him, shall we?

The right-handed hitting Story has a career .273/.339/.521 (110 wRC+) slash line, good for a .361 wOBA. In that time, he has accumulated a magnificent 24.2 bWAR value. That bWAR total represents a 5.43 bWAR per 650 PA (a proxy for full season), which is a value put up by no-doubt All-Stars every year.

Additionally, if we zoom in a little bit in his past 3 seasons — 2018, 2019, 2020 — we can see that he’s had WAR/650 PA values of 6.14, 6.94, and 6.53. That works out for a 6.54 WAR per season value, and that my friend is approaching upper-echelon level All-Stars now. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Yankees Trade Target: Joey Gallo

Just because the Yankees have played themselves out of the division race doesn’t mean that they can’t buy at this Friday’s deadline. For one, they’re still hanging around the Wild Card hunt, even if that hold is tenuous. Two, and perhaps more importantly, the team should eye players that can also help them next year. The Rangers’ Joey Gallo represents just that.

Yankees Trade Target: Starling Marte

It’s that time of the year again. Trade season is about to heat up across MLB over the next month and change. This year, the trade deadline is 4pm eastern on July 30. As we approach that date, we’ll profile a number of players the Yankees should have their crosshairs on in discussions with other ballclubs. Today’s profile: Marlins’ center fielder Starling Marte.

Simply put, the Yankees need to add a center fielder. Aaron Hicks is out for the season and 37 year-old Brett Gardner simply isn’t a viable option. He’s been better of late, but it’s too much to ask of him to play there every day. Estevan Florial isn’t ready. And running out Aaron Judge in center isn’t ideal, either. So with the Marlins out of contention (29-39) and Marte in the final year of his contract, this sure looks like a match made in heaven.

Yankees trade target: Luis Castillo

How quickly things have changed for the Reds. Just one year after pushing the chips in toward contention, Cincinnati is signaling a step back. The team has already let go or traded a few key players, including Archie Bradley and Raisel Iglesias, and now appear to be heading toward even more significant subtractions. Ex-Yankee Sonny Gray came up in trade rumors a few weeks ago, but now, 28 year-old righty Luis Castillo is on the block. The cost to acquire him will be exorbitant, but surely the Yankees will ask anyway given the need for rotational help.

Background & Performance

Castillo’s been involved in three trades already in his young career. San Francisco originally signed him as an international amateur free agent in 2012, traded him to the Marlins two years later. Then, at the trade deadline in 2016, Miami included Castillo in a package to San Diego, only to have him sent back to the Marlins later. Colin Rea, a player acquired by Miami in the deal, got hurt immediately which resulted in Rea and Castillo going back to their original clubs. Finally, the Marlins sent Castillo packing for good in January of 2017 in a deal to the Reds.

The Reds summoned Castillo to the big leagues mid-2017 and haven’t looked back since. He’s made 90 starts for the Reds in his career and owns a stellar 3.62 ERA (124 ERA+) along with terrific peripherals. He strikes out a ton of batters (27 percent), has a pedestrian walk rate (8.6 percent), and keeps the ball on the ground (52.9 percent). His stuff is electric and the underlying Statcast metrics are terrific, too:

Yankees trade target(s): Josh Bell and Jameson Taillon

Aside from DJ LeMahieu’s free agency, we haven’t heard much about the Yankees’ workings this offseason. It’s been remarkably quiet, though not unlike many of the league’s other 29 teams. Typically, we start to get a decent amount of transactions by mid-December, particularly during the winter meetings. But this year, that of course was not the case thanks to COVID-19. We did get one rumor worth chewing on, though:

Unless I’ve missed it elsewhere, Jason Mackey is the only reporter to relay this rumor. Nothing from Yankees beat writers or national insiders just yet, at least. Nonetheless, I think the names involve pass the smell test for the types of players the Yankees are interested in. Allow me to explain why.

Josh Bell

Background & Performance

Bell, 28, was the Pirates’ 2nd round pick back in 2011. He’s been Pittsburgh’s primary first baseman since late-2016. The switch-hitting slugger had put together some solid offensive campaigns through 2018, but really broke out in 2019. That year, Bell hit .277/.367/.569 (135 wRC+) with 37 dingers in 613 plate appearances. It all came crashing down for him this year, though, as his wRC+ dropped to 78 and his strikeout rate (26.5 percent) eclipsed the 20 percecnt mark for the first time in his career. Now, with two seasons until free agency, the Pirates appear ready to move him.

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