Which Yankees offensive players could be moved at the deadline?
Let’s take a look at the Yankees 8 major offensive positions and discuss which ones are the most likely to be traded. Yes means likely. No means, well not likely…
Catcher – Brian McCann
Yes. The Yankees would be well minded to try and net a return on the aging slugger. The Yankees are rich with catching prospects led by Gary Sanchez so McCann gets the boot for any reasonable offer that helps the Yankees rebuild for the future.
First Base – Mark Teixeira
Would be nice but no. Any team that would even be willing to take a chance on Tex would have zero interest in his price tag. The Yanks would have to assume most to all of his entire contract to fetch anything that would help in the future.
Second Base – Starlin Castro
No. The Yankees just acquired him during the offseason and he isn’t going anywhere.
Shortstop – Didi Gregorius
No. The Yanks have a young shortstop that keeps getting better by the day and isn’t a cost liability. He stays.
Third Base – Chase Headley
Slightly possible. Another wishful thought is moving this guy for anything of value. Barring any multiplayer deal, the Yanks are stuck with this guy at the hot corner.
Leftfield – Brett Gardner
Don’t expect it. If the Yankees were gonna trade Gardner for good value, they waited about two years too long. The guy isn’t getting younger and his speed is no longer a major threat. Probably best to just keep him since he’s been a Yankee for so long.
Centerfield – Jacoby Ellsbury
Not likely. If anybody was even interested in 32-year old Jacoby at this point, he is another guy that the Yanks would have to eat a large portion of that albatross contract. The Yankees paid heftily for him and they will likely have to pay for it as he continues to show his age which has limited his greatest asset – his speedy explosiveness.
Rightfield – Carlos Beltran
DING DING DING
Yes. This guy is a FA next year. Aaron Judge is waiting. He is the Yankees best offensive player in 2016…Yankees, get as much as you can for him!
Designated Hitter – Alex Rodriguez
Lol. We would have to pay someone to take this guy at this point. Sorry Arod.
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