Trade season brings out the crazy in all of us. That’s not meant to be offensive and I’m sorry if it offends you, but it’s true. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Analysts and commentators have done it. Every year as July 31st gets closer, we all try to think of these perfect trades that sound great in our heads then just sound beyond ridiculous when we vocalize them. Most of us will admit it when we’ve made a stupid trade idea, and I’m sure I will too. For example, I’m going to love it when Mitch Williams of the MLB Network has to recant on what he said on WFAN last week.
He believes that the Mets can get Madison Bumgarner AND Brandon Belt from the Giants in exchanged for Jose Reyes. That’s so lol-tastic it’s hardly worth going into, but I will for a second. I know Jose Reyes is a fantastic player and he’s tearing it up right now and he could really help the relatively punchless Giants, but there’s no way in hell that they’re getting two young, cost controlled, relatively high upside players for just a few guaranteed months of Jose Reyes. Anyway, on to other trades that (probably) aren’t going to happen in regards to the Yankees:
1. The Yankees are not trading for Felix Hernandez. It’s not going to happen, so don’t bring it up. Luckily, the Felix-to-the-Yanks talk was essentially non-existent during the three game set in Seattle.
2. I doubt the Yankees are going to trade Jesus Montero. I had this discussion on Twitter the other day and I’m sure some of you saw it, but I’ll rehash it: Montero may have high trade value now because of his high prospect status, but the only types of players you trade him for–young, elite position-player/pitching talent–are probably not going to be available. The Yankees might (probably will) part with some prospects over the next two months, but I doubt Jesus Montero is one of them.
3. I’m not seeing the Yankees buying low on Joakim Soria. For one, he hasn’t been made available. Secondly, while the bullpen may not look great, it’s stronger than it appears and is easily changeable without having to waste resources on a trade. This isn’t to say that a deal for a reliever won’t be made at all, but I don’t see the point of wasting trade resources on the bullpen when the rotation is more in need of an upgrade.
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