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Yankees, Mets, Marlins Discussing 3-Way Realmuto-Syndergaard Trade

Could the Yankees end up with an ace by helping their crosstown rivals?

Just as most on the East Coast were winding down for the night, baseball’s Hot Stove heated up in a huge way from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Yankees, Mets and Marlins had discussed a three-way deal where the Mets would acquire star catcher J.T. Realmuto from Miami, and in turn would send a starting pitcher like Noah Syndergaard to the Bronx.

Nothing was imminent, and SNY’s Andy Martino did report “there are ’10 other scenarios’ Mets are considering” in a trade for Realmuto. The Mets have been especially active on the trade market, and have been looking to upgrade the catcher position for a while now. Should they be unable to land Realmuto, they’re expected to pivot to free-agent Yasmani Grandal.

Jon Heyman of Fancred was the first to suggest that the Yankees, who insisted Gary Sánchez was their catcher for 2019, were connected to Realmuto for the sake of facilitating a three-way trade. The obvious advantage for the Yankees would be the chance to acquire a marquee starter like Syndergaard at a slight discount should they assist with the acquisition of Realmuto.

Martino also noted that the Yankees were “interested in Mets pitching, not necessarily limited to Syndergaard”. Other appealing pitchers include Jacob deGrom (of course, that’s unlikely), Steven Matz (under control for years but often injured) and Zack Wheeler (rental). The only named mentioned by reporters last night was that of Syndergaard, though the Yankees had scouted Wheeler at the 2018 Trade Deadline.

I’d expect the Yankees top chips like Miguel Andújar, Estevan Florial and more to be on the table if someone of Syndergaard’s quality is being discussed. Andújar is only being moved for someone that good. If talks were to pivot to someone like Matz or Wheeler, I’d be taking both Andújar and Florial off the table. Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network mentioned Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Sonny Gray, Mike King and Jonathan Loáisiga as possibilities to be moved.

Martino said the Yankees were “pushing hard” to make a deal, though it’s unclear where the three teams left talks. The push for Realmuto will be intense, and it’s unclear if the Mets (and the three-team scenario with the Yankees) is the package they’ll accept.

 

Baseball America Ranks Yankees Top 10 Prospects

Could be a few future Baby Bombers on this list.

The Yankees are using the off-season to plan for 2019 and beyond as they look to contend for their 28 World Series title (and hopefully more) over the next couple of years. Baseball America (subscription required) has unveiled their list of the top 10 prospects in the Yankee system who will help the team bring some more titles to the Bronx.

Here’s the list:

All scouting grades and arrival projections via MLB.com. Asterisk indicates 40-man roster player.

1. LHP Justus Sheffield*
  • Drafted: 2014, 1st (31) – CLE | Traded to NYY in July 2016
  • 2018 stats: 7-6, 2.48 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 (MiLB) | 0-0, 10.12 ERA, 0.0 K/9, 10.1 BB/9 (MLB)
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2018
2. OF Estevan Florial
  • Signed: March 19, 2015 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .283/.377/.422, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 48 BB, 92 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Arm: 65 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2020
3. RHP Jonathan Loáisiga*
  • Signed: Sept. 13, 2012 – SF | Feb. 2016 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 6-1, 2.89 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 1.3 BB/9 (MiLB) | 2-0, 5.11 ERA, 12.0 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 (MLB)
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2018
4. OF Everson Pereira
  • Signed: July 2, 2017 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .263/.322/.389, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 60 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
5. C Anthony Seigler
  • Drafted: 2018, 1st (23) – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .266/.379/.342, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 12 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
6. RHP Mike King
  • Drafted: 2016, 12th (353) – MIA | Traded to NYY in Nov. 2017
  • 2018 stats: 11-5, 1.79 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 1.6 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2019
7. RHP Deivi García
  • Signed: July 2, 2015 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 5-4, 2.55 ERA, 12.8 K/9, 2.4 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2021
8. RHP Roansy Contreras
  • Signed: July 2, 2016 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: 0-2, 2.42 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
9. OF Antonio Cabello
  • Signed: Dec. 22, 2017 – NYY
  • 2018 stats: .308/.427/.522, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 27 BB, 40 K
  • Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2022
10. RHP Albert Abreu*
  • Signed: Aug. 5, 2013 – HOU | Traded to NYY in Nov. 2016
  • 2018 stats: 4-6, 5.20 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 4.0 BB/9
  • Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55
  • Projected arrival in MLB: 2019

Heyman: Yankees, Marlins Have Discussed Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees and Miami Marlins have reportedly had discussions regarding a trade that would send the 6′ 6″, 245-pound OF Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The article from Heyman is a really interesting read simply because Stanton is such a dynamic and expensive player. The 2017 NL MVP hit .281/.376/.631 (156 wRC+) with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in his age-28 season with the Marlins. Stanton is signed through 2027 (can opt out after 2020) with a club option for the 2028 season. He has $295 million due from 2018 onwards.

There is an obvious appeal to adding another power bat to the Yankees lineup. Pair Stanton with the likes of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez and you have an impressively scary lineup. But, the Yankees are looking to get under the luxury tax threshold this offseason, and taking on Stanton’s salary would make that difficult.

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Heyman mentions that the Yankees would have to unload Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley and maybe even longest-tenured Bomber Brett Gardner to offset the cost of Stanton. With Jake Cave, Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney on the 40-man roster they would be able to offset the trades of Ellsbury and Gardner. Stanton would presumably start in left field since I would avoid moving Judge. Trading Headley would ensure that either Miguel Andújar or Gleyber Torres would start the season at third base.

As good as this deal sounds, I do not think it’s worth it for the Yankees. They are better off keeping their veterans and letting other teams overpay for Stanton. The Marlins want whoever takes Stanton to pay the majority of his contract (Jon Morosi reported today that the Marlins would accept the Giants paying “at least $250 million of the $295 million left”).

Of course, these teams have already linked up on a trade this offseason. The Yankees traded 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith to the Marlins in exchange for Michael King and international signing bonus pool money ahead of the 40-man roster deadline. The other connection is that the Marlins’ CEO is former Yankees SS Derek Jeter, and the Vice President of Player Development and Scouting is former Yankee Gary Denbo.

The Yankees are better off letting Gardner and Headley play out their contracts, trying to dump Ellsbury to free up a roster spot. Then, once their luxury tax number resets, they can go all-out on a free agency class that includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

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Yankees Trade Garrett Cooper & Caleb Smith to Marlins for Michael King & Bonus Money

The Yankees 40-man roster count is down to 34. The Yankees traded 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith to the Miami Marlins for RHP Michael King and 2017-18 international signing bonus pool money.

Cooper was acquired by the Yankees midseason from the Milwaukee Brwers to solidify their revolving door at first base. They traded LHP Tyler Webb to the Brew Crew July 13. Cooper went on to slash .326/.333/.488 with six RBIs in 13 games with the Yankees. He spent time on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tendinitis, and was activated Oct. 2. He was promptly reassigned to the Minors because he was not on the postseason roster. In the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Cooper hit .366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs through 75 games.

Smith was drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. He made his MLB debut this season, working as a starter-longman hybrid. In 9 games (2 starts), he pitched to an inflated 7.71 ERA and ugly 4.8 BB/9. His HR/9 (1.9) also left plenty to be desired. But, the 26-year-old proved he deserved a shot with his performance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 18 games (17 starts), he was 9-1 with a 2.39 ERA. He will likely compete for the same role he had with the Yankees in Miami.

King was a 12th round pick of the Marlins in the 2016 Amateur Draft. Through 41 minor league appearances (26 starts), he has a 3.31 ERA and 6.3 K/9. He worked exclusively as a starter in 2017 (made just one relief appearance), and posted a respectable 3.14 ERA for the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. King was not ranked as a Top 30 Prospect for the Marlins by MLB.com

What is also significant is that the Yankees acquired international signing bonus pool money from the Marlins. This money pushes the Yankees closer to the Texas Rangers as the team with the most international signing bonus pool money. The Rangers have $3.535 million, while the Yankees have $3.5 million with this deal. With the possibility of Shohei Ohtani coming to MLB this offseason, the Yankees are looking to gain a financial edge on the other clubs pursuing the two-way star.

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