3 Yankees trade targets to strengthen the bullpen

The New York Yankees sit atop the MLB standings months before the trade deadline, finding themselves in the perfect position to compete for the World Series. While this certainly looks like the best team in baseball, there is room for improvement.

Sitting at No.1 in weekly MLB power rankings, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that New York ranks top five in runs scored, wRC+ and OPS. On the pitching side, the Yankees’ rotation sports the second-lowest ERA and the third-highest FanGraphs’ Wins Above Replacement this season.

Even the bullpen is excellent, but injuries have demonstrated why reinforcement is necessary. Pitching depth is paramount in the MLB playoffs and it stands out as an area of improvement for this club.

Here are three potential relief pitchers the New York Yankees can target via trade.

 

David Robertson, Chicago Cubs

One important factor the Yankees must keep in mind his how a player will handle the pressure of joining this ballclub. Success isn’t a guarantee. Sonny Gray and Joey Gallo are two of the latest examples highlighting quality starters who struggled after landing in New York.

That’s not a problem for Robertson. The 37-year-old righty posted a 2.75 ERA across nine seasons with the Yankees, becoming one of the best relievers in baseball. Years later, he has rediscovered himself in Chicago as one of the few bright spots in the Cubs’ bullpen.

Between his status as a half-season rental, his familiarity with Yankee Stadium and his career 3.11 ERA in the playoffs, Robertson checks a lot of boxes. There would be competition for him, but the New York Yankees trade history with the Cubs and their past with Robertson could help influence a deal.

Author: Lucy Green