Shaping up the Yankees recent trades

Over the course of the last three days, the Yankees have made three trades that netted four minor league pitchers.

While none of the arms the Yankees acquired are game-changers, they are prospects who helped free room to protect the Yankees top minor league talent. The Rule 5 draft is approaching fast, and the deadline to set 40 man rosters was tonight at 8 PM. So, if the Yankees did not clear spots for notable prospects such as Gleyber Torres, Thairo Estrada, Albert Abreu, and Domingo Acevedo, they would have been eligible to be drafted by any other club.

You may be worried that the Yankees gave up impact players in order to free up roster room for these players, but that is the exact opposite of what they did. The players they traded in these three deals were pitchers Nick Rumbelow (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Caleb Smith (7.00 ERA), Ronald Herrera, and first basemen Garrett Cooper. So in essence, the Yankees sacrificed players with no place on the club, in exchange for room for prospects who should impact the big league club for the next decade. Good job, Cash.

One last important factor involved in these trades was the $250,000 they acquired in International Free Agency money. This money will tie the Texas Rangers with the most money to offer impending Free Agent Star Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani, 23, has been called “Japan’s Babe Ruth” and is expected to be eligible to be signed for the maximum of $3.5M by an MLB Team this offseason. He can both pitch and hit, and would be an estimated $200M player if he were a normal free agent.

While these trades seem minor, they really were moves that will allow the upcoming Baby Bombers spots on the team in the near future. We all saw how young players can impact winning last year, and there is no shortage of talent coming.

The future is bright, Yankee fans… The future is bright.

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Lions Outlook: Ansah’s Future in Detroit

The one time No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 draft and Pro Bowler in 2015, Ziggy Ansah‘s future in Detroit could be in jeopardy. We saw what happened with Suh and we really hope it won’t happen again. So, with that being said we must trade Ansah if he can’t stay healthy this year. His contract is up after this season and he will want top pass rusher money. So let’s look at the top 5 trade candidates:

1. Patriots 2. Titans. 3. Buccaneers. 4. Panthers. 5. Chiefs.

Potential trades:

1. Patriots: Ezekiel Ansah DE, Nevin Lawson CB, Lions: Malcolm Butler CB. 2019 3rd

This may sound crazy, but we could pull this off via a very Patriot-esque way. Nevin Lawson is a starting corner in the NFL and they just signed Stephon Gilmore to a huge deal this offseason. Malcolm Butler is on a contract year and with the Lions upcoming contract status he could be re-signed.

2. Titans: Ezekiel Ansah DE, Lions: 2018 3rd

This would be the last trade I’d want out of this scenario. However, realistically this trade is good for a couple of reasons. This would give Detroit an asset on an injury plagued player on a contract year demanding a big money contract.

3. Buccaneers: Ezekiel Ansah DE. Lions: Noah Spence DE, 2018 5th

If the Buccaneers would do this, this would be a huge deal. I would love to see Noah Spence in a Lions’ jersey. Along with a 5th round pick this would be a huge win for Detroit.

4. Panthers: Ezekiel Ansah DE, Paul Worrilow LB, Lions: Shaq Thompson LB

Although this trade probably won’t go through, I would love to see it happen. The Lions would get a very good young linebacker for this defensive core, while the Panthers would get a starter at LB as well as a former Pro Bowl pass rusher.

5. Chiefs: Ezekiel Ansah DE, Lions: 2018 2nd

This would be a good trade for us. The chiefs would most likely accept this due to Super Bowl aspirations as they could use a pro bowl pass rusher. Also, in Kansas City they have a lot of depth and would be able to keep Ziggy healthy and fresh with less reps throughout the season.

What else can Detroit do?

Well, if they don’t make a trade before the trade deadline, I don’t see the Lions re-signing Ansah if he’s asking for big money. If he wants a 3-year small “prove it” with big bonuses for playing time, sacks, and pro bowl appearances then maybe. This would be my ideal move keeping Ziggy in Detroit seeing that if he is healthy he is a Pro Bowl edge player.

 

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