Yankees Mailbag: Regrets on trading Waldichuk and who fills in for Montas

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Erick S. asks: I imagine Waldichuk was simply listed by MLB.com because the third-best left-handed pitching prospect. How dangerous are the Yankees going to really feel about trading him in a number of years?

They’re going to really feel dangerous regardless due to the chance price being spent on Frankie Montas at this fee, however sure, this commerce general appears to be rapidly growing poorly for the Yankees. It is really wild how a commerce deadline that appeared to reply all the staff’s wants soured so rapidly, however of the bunch the Montas commerce was the one I hesitated on on the time. The haul of prospects that the Yankees gave up have been at all times going to be traded, I imagine — they merely did not have a path for all of them to make it and that is what you are presupposed to do with blocked prospects when you’re in a pennant race — however the gaudy price ticket that Luis Castillo garnered pressured the Yankees to look in a distinct store. I’d’ve quite gotten Carlos Rodón on the time, however hey that sin has been amended a minimum of.

Barring a Cy Young-laden profession for Waldichuk, the Yankees should not fear an excessive amount of in regards to the choice to commerce him and his fellow prospects. It’s merely a matter of enterprise, and it is one which I feel was nearly universally seen as the precise transfer. It’s simply inexplicable how a lot it has blown up on the opposite finish of the deal, the difference-maker that they traded for that has been something however up to now. Time is ticking for Montas to make an influence on a championship push already together with his damage, and the physique of labor is alarming to say the least.

Darth_Lazarus asks: Can Trey Sweeney be a third-base choice for 2024?

I do not assume so, for a number of causes. First, whereas the spot will probably be opened up as soon as Josh Donaldson’s contract runs out on the finish of the yr, the most certainly resolution is that DJ LeMahieu will slide in to get a daily place shifting ahead whereas Oswaldo Cabrera will get undisputed super-utility entry. It’s one of the best match for the roster, and one thing they’d in all probability quite roll with this yr in the event that they managed to unload Donaldson.

Let’s leap again to Sweeney, although. Sweeney has been completely a shortstop since turning into a professional, which is not essentially a barrier to turning into a 3rd baseman because the function is taken into account simpler, nevertheless it does increase some questions on how nicely he might adapt to the function in only a yr’s time to be MLB-ready, when he is nonetheless a methods away having simply scratched Double-A. Also, Sweeney’s bat is a little bit underwhelming in basic, not to mention for a historically power-bat dominated function like third base. He’s bought a little bit pop in his bat, however not way more than a 10-15 homer profile with middling-OPS outcomes as a consequence.

Sweeney’s a strong prospect, not fairly in the top-100 league-wide however nicely inside the higher ranks of the group’s listing, and he has numerous time to show himself. I would not fear an excessive amount of about whether or not he could make it in 2024.

We’ve had the case made for every of those three choices lately by our employees, with Andrés first arguing for Clarke Schmidt, Peter following up with the main points favoring Domingo Germán, and then Esteban rounding issues out with an enchantment for Michael King to function an opener to start out the yr. Give ’em all a learn if you have not but, there’s good factors made in every of them.

Of course, just one might be right in the tip. There’s two veins to this query — which one I agree with, and which one I feel the Yankees will inevitably do. It seems that there will probably be room for competitors in spring coaching earlier than the staff makes their choice, so maybe they don’t seem to be closely leaning by some means, however my guess could be that they favor Germán for the gig. Germán held down a constant beginning function in the second half after numerous hypothesis about whether or not he would also have a important spot with the staff, and the Yankees might do so much worse than getting a repeat of what he gave them there.

Personally, I’m swayed by the argument of using the expertise with the best ceiling, and whereas Schmidt at present has extra to provide in a beginning function Esteban’s case for persevering with King’s improvement is very compelling. King’s ascent in the final yr has been immense, and his previous as a starter in the minors and his present resume as a multi-inning reliever provides credence to the notion that there is extra to unlock, so getting him going after his injury-derailed breakout is smart to me.

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