Not Sellers: Two Deals the Yankees Should Make
How much longer will Carlos Beltran be a New York Yankee? (Flickr)
BRONX- Deal Aroldis Chapman. Trade Carlos Beltran. Improve for the future. Still contend for the American League Wild Card in 2016.
The New York Yankees don’t want to be defined as sellers in 2016, and understandably so, given their success since 1993, a 23-year span in which they haven’t had a losing season.
But making these moves won't necessarily define the Bronx Bombers as sellers.
The Yanks are 45-46, entering a four game series with Baltimore tonight in the Bronx, and trail the Toronto Blue Jays for the second AL wild card spot by just five-and-a-half games. However, five teams stand in the Yankees' way before reaching Canada's baseball club.
But The Boss's organization can make a pair of changes and still have a chance at the playoffs in 2016.
While Carlos Beltran had a remarkable first half of the season and was certainly a deserving All-Star, he can’t keep up his blistering pace at 39 years old with small injuries seemingly starting to build up more and more.
Hitting nearly .300 on the season and .361 over his last 23 games would be missed in the Bronx, but losing him in a contract year with youth likely the return piece from a contender can only be a good thing.
As for Chapman, the Yankees can live with having just two closers on their roster, instead of three. That would of course mean the end of “No Runs DMC” in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but if the Yankees want to truly make the playoffs, starters will need to throw seven on a more consistent basis. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller would look just as good in the eighth and ninth as opposed to the penultimate two innings.
And the return for Chapman should be very high -- a top prospect at the least. It’s a contract year for Chapman as well, and even if the Yankees deal him in the coming days, he could end up back in pinstripes in the offseason.
With the Yankees there’s no telling, but deals for Beltran and Chapman should happen before the end of the week. And that would not make them sellers -- that would be a smart business decision.