Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop. However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.
Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season.
If the Yankees were to pick up someone like Beltran, it’d mean sitting either Nick Swisher or Jorge Posada against right-handers, and while Beltran may well be an upgrade in that situation, he doesn’t really qualify as a need.
It’s pretty much a given that Beltran is a goner. Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return. Speculation will likely continue to center on the Giants, but Olney thinks the Tigers could land him because of their ability to take on salary.
The New York Yankees have traded third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report the trade. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report that Blash was coming back in return.
Headley, a third baseman, hit .273/.352/.406 for the Yankees last year. He, of course, played for the Padres from 2007 through the middle of 2014, when he was dealt to New York. Mitchell has pitched 48 games for the Yankees, most from the pen, over four seasons, with an ERA of 4.94 in 98.1 innings. He doesn’t strike out many and he walks a lot. He throws hard.
Blash, an outfielder, has hit .200/.323/.336 with eight homers in 279 big league plate appearances. Blash has shown a lot of power potential in the minors, but has not yet put it together in the bigs. Given what the Yankees have in their outfield at the moment, he’s going to be organizational depth or, perhaps, a chit in a future trade.
This would seem to be an exercise in salary clearing by the Yankees in anticipation of another move, as it takes about $13 million off of their payroll. Which is about how much was added to their payroll for 2018 in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. That could get Todd Frazier back for them, perhaps. Or it could help them retain CC Sabathia or go after another starting pitcher. The club likewise maintains an interest in getting under the $197 million payroll threshold which would trigger yet another year of 50% luxury tax payments for the Yankees.