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