Could the Yanks have one HUGE blockbuster trade up their sleeve?
Last year, the main Milwaukee Brewer 3B was Mike Moustakas (.254-35-87, OPS+ 114), who has moved on to Cincinnati. Travis Shaw, .157 in 230 ab, doesn’t cut it, and even so, has moved on to the Toronto Blue Jays.
So Milwaukee needs a 3B.
With Gio Urshela establishing himself at 3B last year, could the Yanks shop Miguel Andujar, who has a great bat but who is defensively challenged, for the Yanks’ Josh Hader?
Before you scoff, consider how much Hader would help the Yankees’ bullpen, already potent. Granted it may take more than just Andujar, but…
Hader, a lefty pitcher, would be just 26 next season.
In 2019, he was 3-5, 2.62, 37 saves, ERA+ 170, with 138 K in just 75.2 IP.
For his career, 11-9, 2.42, ERA+ 178. 349 K in 204.2 IP. 2x All star, 7th in CYA in 2018.
He sure would compensate for the loss of Betances.
If you feel LeMahieu would handle 3B filling in for Andujar when not DJ isn’t playing 2B, and that Voit/Ford could then handle 1B. Or if Estrada/Wade could handle 2B when LeMahieu isn’t there, then Andujar (and others) for Hader may work out.
Maybe they then make a play for Joe Panik, as is rumored.
If so, that Yankees’ bullpen, with Kahnle, Ottavino, Hader, Britton and Chapman…behind a rotation of Cole, Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and German/Montgomery could be deadly.
Would I consider it? Yes.