Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The Yankees offered packages of prospects and young players similar to what they are offering the Pirates to the Tampa Bay Rays, for Chris Archer, and to the Detroit Tigers, for Michael Fulmer, according to a source. The Rays and Tigers rejected the offers.
Archer, 29, is under contract through 2019 for only $13.75 million total, with club options for 2020 ($9 million) and ’21 ($11 million). He also plays for a division rival, albeit one that is retooling. Fulmer is only 24, won the AL rookie of the year award in 2016 and is under team control for five more seasons. He had surgery to move the ulnar nerve in his elbow in September but should be ready for spring training.
This means Cole, who is 27 and has two more years of team control before reaching free agency, is the least expensive of the three to acquire.
Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres was off limits in all three offers. The New York Post reported Friday that the next two prospects in their system, outfielder Estevan Florial and lefty Justus Sheffield, are also off the table. The offers, then, center around 23-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier and also include some combination of prospects: righty Chance Adams, infielder Tyler Wade, third baseman Miguel Andujar and shortstop Thairo Estrada..
Great article by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Bill Brink looking at other trade offers that the Yankees have made to see what a possible Gerrit Cole trade could look like.
It’s interesting that it seems like the Yankees offered Frazier, Adams, Wade and Estrada for Fullmer, which the Tigers rejected. That’s a fascinating offer, as it seems like it is RIGHT on the level where it is probably a really nice return on Fullmer and yet probably JUST a little too little for me to accept if I’m Detroit. Wade and Estrada are useful players, but they’re likely bench guys/marginal starters, so it’s really Frazier and Adams and Fullmer has some crazy good upside (plus all those years of control). Fullmer has big downside, too, because of his injury risk, which is why Frazier and Adams is tempting.
In any event, obviously those guys (Archer and Fullmer) are better players than Cole, so we’re probably talking “just” Frazier and Adams for Cole and honestly, the Pirates should take that if it has been offered.
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