With the trade deadline vastly approaching, Brian Cashman could have some choices to make in regards to making sure the New York Yankees are in the driver’s seat in the American League. One player that should be considered is Jose Abreu. the power hitting first baseman from the Chicago White Sox.
During his four years in the big leagues, Abreu has hit .295 with 137 home runs and 462 RBI. This season he is hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. Abreu could help anchor the first base position given the injury problems and inconsistency Greg Bird has demonstrated.
Bird missed the first two months of the season recovering from ankle surgery. In the 42 games he has played, this season he has hit .214 with eight homers and 21 RBI. During his absence, the Yankees used Tyler Austin and Neil Walker to replace him. saw most of the playing time at first while Bird was on the disabled list.
The Yankees and White Sox could swing a deal just as they did last year when the Yankees traded reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects for third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson, and reliever Tommy Kahnle.
Could Cashman and Rick Hahn pull off another deal, like last year, before the deadline on July 31? The Yankees have major league assets and talented players in their farm system. Here are some of the Yankees options they could include in a deal for Abreu:
Albert Abreu (Right Handed Pitcher): ranked number three on the Yankees prospects list. He is 3-3 with 4.28 ERA and 52 strikeouts for high class A Tampa Tarpons.
Dillon Tate (Right Handed Pitcher): ranked number nine on the Yankees prospects list. He is 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 75 strikeouts for double A Trenton Thunder.
Jonathan Loaisiga (Right Handed Pitcher): ranked number 12 on Yankees prospect list. He has gone 6-1 with a 3.00 E.R.A and 58 strikeouts in the minor leagues between Tampa, and Trenton. He is 2-0 with a 3.00 E.R.A. with 21 strikeouts in four starts with the Yankees in 2018.
Brandon Drury (super utility player): can play anywhere on the field besides pitcher and catcher and has done that in his three years in the major leagues between Arizona and New York. He is hitting .178 with one homer and seven RBI in 15 games with the Yankees. He is currently with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre, AAA, where he is hitting .292.
Any of these options could possibly get a deal done for Abreu. Adding Abreu to an already dominate Yankees lineup with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, and Gary Sanchez would help the Yankees down the stretch run to keep pace with Boston and their dominate lineup.
After all, with the Indians and Dodgers giving away their minor leaguers for Brad Hand and Manny Machado, it is worth Cashman working the phones to strike gold in New York.