New York Yankees – Divisional Longshot
I’m sure Blue Jays fans are also aware of how good a team the New York Yankees are. With an equally stellar offence and some fantastic arms to match, the team now led by Aaron Boone is poised to make a deep playoff run once again.
That being said, the Bronx Bombers are not perfect in terms of consistency in their pitchers. Hurlers Sonny Gray and newly acquired Lance Lynn have struggled to consistently throw strikes this season, while bullpen staples Tommy Kahnle and Zach Britton have been considerably underwhelming.
In addition to the aforementioned issues, former Blue Jay J.A. Happ was on the shelf with hand, foot and mouth disease. One of the most consistent pitchers in the AL East this season, was scheduled to return to the mound Thursday night.
Still, the Yankees boast an impressive group of arms, primarily headed by Masahiro Tanaka and staff ace Luis Severino, so they’re not desperate for arms by any stretch. That being said, Gray’s spot in the rotation seems to scare Yankees fans, and a bevy of live arms is never a bad thing, so perhaps the Yankees are a fit for Estrada.
Always generous with payroll, the Yanks are also financially well-positioned to take on a chunk of change in an August swap. Again, it’s no perfect fit, but in August, it doesn’t need to be. As we’ve seen all too well this year, no deal is too large or too small to catch the eye of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, so even they could be in play here.