The New York Yankees were dealt another tough blow this past week when Domingo German was placed on the IL. The unofficial 2019 ace of the Yankees pitching staff was placed on the IL with a Hip Flexor Strain. The Yanks will need to find a way to replace the production lost by German’s loss. So for this piece, we look at three potential targets the Bronx Bombers could look to acquire.
So we begin with the name that has been speculated to be an acquisition target of the Yankees for years, and that’s Madison Bumgarner. The San Francisco Giants icon and ace has been the topical focus of trade speculation for arguably the last three maybe four seasons. The Giants are obviously reluctant to deal the iconic figure. However, with Bumgarner’s contract expiring at season’s end the time is now for the Bay Area team to move the starter. The longer that the Giants wait to move the lefty pitcher, the less the package they will receive for his services. San Francisco was “going for it” one last time. But (at the time of this writing) the Giants find themselves in the basement of the NL West and 18 games behind the LA Dodgers.
The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves in a weird position in 2019. They have a stellar group of young up and coming superstars like Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Cavan Biggio. But they also are struggling to win games as these young players develop. The Blue Jays find themselves in fourth place in the AL East and 2-8 over their last ten games. (At the time of this writing.) Marcus Stroman is a pitcher who’s swagger and intensity would be amplified in New York. And as a native New Yorker, Stroman would fit right in as well.
The trade market is worth watching for the Texas Rangers lefty. Mike Minor is having a remarkable season. At the time of this writing, Minor has a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 2.55 with a WHIP of 1.22. The Yankees are in need of more depth in the starting rotation. As the return dates of Domingo German and Luis Severino are still unknown at this time. Add in that fact that Minor is a lefty pitcher makes even more sense for the Yanks. As the short porch in right field is much easier to manage for a lefty than a righty pitcher.