January 27, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the New York Yankees (Baseball Essential)


After winning their 27th World Series championship in 2009, one would’ve thought that the ensuing decade would produce another ring for the New York Yankees; it didn’t. While they sported many great teams that won the American League East and went on a run in the AL playoffs, they never made it back to the Fall Classic.

With that said, they have a deep core around the diamond — which stems from crafty trades and player development — which has put them in contention in each of the last three seasons and will do so moving forward. On the other hand, not every trade has been a dandy for general manager Brian Cashman.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the New York Yankees have made since 2010.

The thinking from both sides in this trade was simple. The Cubs were contending for the World Series and looking to fill a void in the back end of their bullpen. Meanwhile, the Yankees were rebuilding/retooling and had a surplus of relievers, so they figured they’d get value for a soon-to-be free agent.

The Cubs won the…

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