NEW YORK- After a loss in the Wild Card game, the Yankees’ World Series hopes ended. They had an up and down season that included untimely injuries to all star first baseman Mark Teixeira and to right hander Nathan Eovaldi. Without these injuries the Yankees may have been able to overtake the strong Toronto Blue Jays, but under the circumstances this proved impossible . Now the Yankees look to the future and will be keen to make some changes. General Manager Brian Cashman has said, “Everything is on the table,” which may mean there is a chance of some big deals being completed. Cashman already started by trading young second baseman Jose Pirela to the Padres for right handed reliever Ronald Herrera, also catcher John Ryan Murphy has been traded to the Twins for versatile outfielder Aaron Hicks. Sources say that Cashman has been in talks with Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein about a trade that includes giving away all star outfielder Brett Gardner in exchange for all star middle infielder Starlin Castro. Brett Gardner looks like the Yankees best available trade chip.
A potential trade besides the Cubs may be Gardner to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar. The Yankees need pitching badly and ever since the struggle of Grady Sizemore from 2010-2012 the Indians have needed a consistent all-around outfielder to play alongside Michael Brantley. Another potential deal may be Gardner to Seattle for LHP James Paxton. This scenario has seemed less and less likely due to the fact that Seatle traded for Texas’ Leonys Martin, but it is still possible. Seattle needs a solid outfield back so they can win with their already solid infield led by Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager.
A deal that should be considered a reach is Gardner to the Mets in exchange for righty Zack Wheeler. The reasoning is with Yoenis Cespedes likely leaving New York, the Mets outfield will not be as strong with Lagares starting in center. Although this deal is truly a stretch because the Mets have young outfielders coming up such as Brandon Nimmo and Darrell Ceciliani.
Onto another topic, free agency. The Yankees are have several choices to make before the season of 2016 comes along including which starting pitcher they should sign, if any at all. Their top choices would include: Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmerman, David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija. Some smaller but still valuable guys they might go after are: Mike Leake, Doug Fister, Scott Kazmir, Yovani Gallardo, and even Hisashi Iwakuma. The Yankees need to make some tough decisions as to who to sign or trade for this offseason and it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.