Why time is now for Yankees to trade for Trout
With the free-agent market filled with power hitters and outfielders, teams would prefer to go after those marquee free agents, rather than give up a king’s ransom via trade. But a team that has several top prospects and young pieces to pull off a blockbuster trade are the New York Yankees. And a guy the Yankees should covet, and swing deal for is 5-time All Star Mike Trout who would lead the youth movement along with Gary Sanchez and Masahiro Tanaka.
And after a busy trade deadline for Brian Cashman and the Yankees in 2016, where they dealt Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians, Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers. The Yankees received several elite prospects such as shortstop Gleyber Torreyes headlining the Cubs trade, and Outfielder Clint Frazier from the Indians. Yankees were also able to receive upside prospects in pitcher Justus Sheffield along with Frazier, and pitcher Dillon Tate from the Rangers. The Yankees’ farm system has risen atop of one the best in baseball, boasting potentially 6 Top 100 prospects. But these are the Yankees we’re talking about, and with an abundance of young talent, it makes them big time players in the trade market. The Yankees have the prospects to make a blockbuster deal, so why not for the best player in baseball and 2016 MVP Mike Trout?
With the Los Angeles Angels struggling in 2016, resulting in a losing season, going 74-88 and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year. As well as having one of the worst farm systems in baseball, a Mike Trout trade to bolster their farm would make sense and ensure their is a long-term plan to make the Angels competitive once again. Although no one wants to be the GM to trade the best player in baseball, and a generational talent like Mike Trout, the Angeles fired former GM Jerry Dipoto demonstrating a movement in management and a possibility of a roster shake up. Therefore with new management in Billy Eppler, the former Yankee assistant GM, why not start over and rebuild the farm system with prospects and players Eppler is familiar with.
Here’s a trade offer that has Trout moving to New York, while the Angels receive a haul of Top prospects, MLB-ready players and a lottery ticket that can turn into a big league player.
Yankees Receive: Mike Trout
Angels Receive: Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Chad Green, Adam Warren, Mason Williams
The Yankees would give up a king’s ransom for the Angel’s Trout, centered around top prospect Jorge Mateo a 2B/SS who could transition to be the Angel’s future second baseman alongside Andrelton Simmons at Short. And former top prospect, the towering 6’7″ Aaron Judge who got his first taste of the big leagues in 2016 batting .179, hitting 4 homeruns and driving in 10 runs in 84 at-bats. Although Judge’s numbers were a bit discouraging, he’s only 24 years old and can still turn things around and reach his potential star status.
The Yankees would also send two MLB ready arms in Adam Warren, 29 who can be used either out of the pen or start, as well as Chad Green, 25 who looks to take his next step after putting up a 4.30 ERA in 12 games, and 8 starts. And an MLB-ready position player in Rob Refsnyder, 25, who can be used as a utility infielder and a righty bat that can be used at second while Mateo continues his seasoning in the minors. In 2016, he hit .250 while driving in 12 runs in 152 at-bats.
The last player included in the deal is Mason Williams, 25 a former Yankee top prospect is still young enough to tap into his potential. Williams has progressed at reaching on base and continues to be a speedy outfielder, with good defensive range at the very least. He’s more of a lottery ticket for the Angels who can contribute this season, and potentially become one of the underrated players in this deal as he continues to gain experience.
Although the Yankees would be giving up a lot and look to be moving away from their Youth movement. They will be receiving Trout, one of the best players in the game at just 25 years old, who batted .315, smacking 29 home runs and driving in 100 runs. While still having depth in their farm system to compensate for the loss of Judge (OF Rutherford, Frazier), Mateo (SS/2B Torres), and Green (Tate, Sheffield).
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