The Yankees are in the midst of a very special season. At this point, they’ve proven that they can be serious contenders for years to come, but at the same time, they still have holes to fill if they want to make a deep postseason run. With the trade deadline right around the corner, here are the best three trade options for the Yanks.
Yu Darvish, SP
Many might say Sonny Gray is the better fit for this team, however, Sonny Gray has only increased his value by his level of play lately, while Darvish has struggled and effectively lowered his trade value. Darvish does have a better track record. Gray does have more years of control left, but the Yankees would likely have to give up more for similar production. The addition of either of these pitchers would immediately solidify the Yankee’s rotation, especially paired with the recent acquisition of Jaime Garcia.
Yonder Alonso, 1B
One of the few glaring needs the Yankees have is at first base. Adding Alonso, who is having far and away his best season, seems to make the most sense. He has a very team-friendly contract (making $4 million this season), and won’t be a free agent until after the 2018 season. A left-handed bat like Alonso, who already has 21 home runs, would be a perfect fit in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Justin Bour, 1B
This would obviously not be a target if the Yankees trade for Alonso, but is probably the better option. Bour is currently on the disabled list, and had a long DL stint earlier this year as well, but Bour definitely has the most upside. He won’t be a free agent until 2021 and is having his most successful offensive season of his young career, so he may have a pretty big price tag, but would surely be worth it. Like Alonso, Bour is also a lefty and would thrive in the Bronx environment.