Could Yankees look to Padres for pitching help after Luis Severino injury

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees in action against the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. The Astros defeated the Yankees 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees in action against the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. The Astros defeated the Yankees 4-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees looks on against the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees looks on against the San Diego Padres. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

With the news that New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis  Severino will be out for the entire 2020 season, could the San Diego Padres become a trade partner?

Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. It was devastating to have Fernando Tatis Jr.‘s rookie season for the San Diego Padres cut short by an injury in 2019.

As spring training continues there will be a number of injuries that will have a huge impact on the upcoming season.

There may not be a bigger one than the one reported on Tuesday with New York’s Yankees pitcher Luis Severino having Tommy John surgery and missing the entire season.

The Yankees still have huge aspirations this season and are still the favorites to win the NL East and compete for a World Series.

But they still might look to replace Severino this Spring through a trade as their starting pitching is really the only weak spot on their team.

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman didn’t rule out a trade in a recent interview, but said it’s not likely to happen during spring training.

They went out this offseason and signed Gerrit Cole to a 9-year, $324 million contract to try and sure up that starting rotation.

But after Cole, and with Severino out for the entire season and James Paxton out until June, there are a lot of question marks.

Masahiro Tanak and J.A. Happ will back up Cole in the rotation, but both of them are just league average — if not worse — at this point. And then they have to hope a couple of young, unproven guys can hold down the final two spots.

I can almost grantee you that the Yankees will make a trade for a pitcher at some point this season, the only question is whether or not they try and make that move before the season begins.

If they do, the Padres are certainly a team they could look to for help.

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