By: Ethan Cushman
Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
The Yankees made a waiver wire splash acquiring former MVP Andrew Mccutchen from the San Francisco Giants for 2 prospects Abiatal Avelino (23rd in Yankees system) and Juan de Paula (26th in Yankees system). Now This article isn't going to be about the nitty gritty statistics about the trade. this article will be about why this trade was perfect for the Yankees.
Ever since the Judge injury right field has been a big hole. With both Frazier and Ellsbury out with injuries and with the inclusion of Billy Mckinney in the J.A Happ deal our best 2 options were Neil Walker who was not a good defensive outfielder and Shane Robinson who can barley bat .100. And I know what your thinking yes Mccutchen isn't a stud anymore but he provides on thing that can’t be denied “Consistency”. Lately the Yankees have been anything but consistent. For example the Yankees after sweeping the Orioles were only 6 games back of the division but then after losing two of three against the White Sox and and losing yesterday in heartbreaker to the Tigers the Yankees are now a full 8.5 back. Also not to mention Stanton has played 84 consecutive games well nursing a hamstring injury. So adding a bat was needed. And now with Gary Sanchez coming back Saturday This could be a spark plug we need to get on a hot streak.
Now what happens when everyone comes back. This allows The Yankees to give many players more days off along with Platooning Gardner and Cutch. It gives a potent Yankees lineup just that much more depth. Assuming Judge and Didi comes back fully healthy and Sanchez comes even close to his former form, the Yankees could be serious world series contenders.