After all, since the Yankees began jettisoning veterans through their 25-man roster, in 2016, almost everyone they have traded has gone on to the Series. So why not Ellsbury in addition to Headley?
Consider which Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs in July of last year (he is usually a Yankee again) in addition to played a key role from the 2016 Series. So did his fellow reliever Andrew Miller, who was traded by the Yankees to the Cleveland Indians in midseason in addition to also ended up a major figure from the 2016 Series.
Another Yankee who was dealt at the nonwaiver trade deadline last year was Carlos Beltran. He was sent to the Texas Rangers, yet signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros before which season. today he is usually from the entire world Series, too, along with another former Yankee — catcher Brian McCann, who was traded by brand new York to the Astros from the off-season.
Then there is usually reliever Tyler Clippard, who was a Yankee which year in addition to is usually today an Astro, although he is usually not on the postseason roster. Still, if the Astros win the Series, he is usually in line to get a ring.
Clippard was sent to the Chicago White Sox which season to help offset some of the salary the Yankees were taking on when they acquired relievers Tommy Kahnle in addition to David Robertson in addition to third baseman Todd Frazier. Several weeks later, the White Sox sent Clippard to the Astros.
The only two players the Yankees have dealt through their major league roster from the past 16 months who have not reached a World Series are starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who was sent to Pittsburgh at the 2016 nonwaiver trade deadline in addition to has remained there, in addition to reliever Tyler Webb, who was dealt to Milwaukee which past summer.
Beltran, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Series, was relegated to the bench for the two World Series games at Dodger Stadium earlier which week because there is usually no designated hitter in National League parks. yet McCann could play a central role as which Series continues, just as he did from the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, when he hit a pair of run-scoring doubles which sparked the Astros to victories in Games 6 in addition to 7.
McCann signed a several-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees in November 2013 yet realized his role as the team’s regular catcher was in peril once the Yankees called up Gary Sanchez through the minor leagues in August 2016 in addition to thrust him into the lineup.
through which point on, McCann played regularly as a designated hitter yet caught only sporadically. Meanwhile, Sanchez was slugging one home run after another.
“When the season ended, I kind of assessed where I was in addition to what I wanted to do going forward, in addition to I just wasn’t ready to catch once a week in addition to I wasn’t ready to just D.H. against right-handed pitching,” McCann said recently.
While McCann had a no-trade clause in his deal with the Yankees, he also had another incentive to waive the item — the $15 million in his contract for 2019. the item vests only if he has 1,000 plate appearances in 2017 in addition to 2018 in addition to he must also catch at least 0 games next year in addition to not end the season on the disabled list.
In conversations with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman after last season, the item became apparent to McCann which there were two realistic landing spots for him — the Astros in addition to the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta is usually McCann’s hometown in addition to the Braves are the club with whom he began his career.
yet from the end, the item was Houston which wanted to make the deal, with the Yankees picking up $11 million of McCann’s contract over which season in addition to next.
“I looked around in addition to which was the first team which came to mind because I knew they needed a catcher, I knew the talent they had from the clubhouse playing against them, in addition to the item was just a perfect fit,” said McCann, who is usually playing in his first World Series. “I talked to Cash quite a bit during which process in addition to the item was truly between coming here or going to Atlanta. I’m very thankful which all worked out the way the item did.”
Well, not all of the item. Because McCann had only 399 plate appearances which season — he batted .241 with 18 home runs — the item is usually unlikely the 2019 option will kick in. Still, he is usually from the entire world Series, one more recently traded Yankee enjoying baseball’s most prestigious competition. Perhaps there will be still others in 2018.
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