Five Trades That Should Happen At The Winter Meetings

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Yankees acquire: RHP Jose Fernandez, OF Marcell Ozuna

Marlins acquire: OF Aaron Judge, OF Brett Gardner, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP James Kaprielian, LHP Jacob Lindgren

Why it makes sense for Miami:

Shockingly, the Marlins are reportedly listening to offers on 23-year-old stud pitcher, but obviously Marlins–although with a history of trading their star players–would need a giant return. This deal with the Yankees would make Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Hill think long and hard about moving Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna, who the fish are actively shopping, per reports. Miami receives Aaron Judge, a 6’7″ outfielder and the Yankees’ number one prospect, who has the potential to be a perennial All-Star. Also, the Marlins get already All-Star outfielder Brett Gardner to pair with Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton while Judge develops, and the additions of young promising Ivan Nova,who has shown flashes, and also top Yankees’ pitching prospects James Kaprielian–who is the Yankees’ third top prospect–and lefty Jacob Lindgren, who posted a 1.23 ERA in the minors last season. Certainly it seems unlikely the Marlins will deal their young ace, but if they do, this is the proper return for him. Ozuna has reportedly had issues with the Marlins’ front office, and him as another piece in this deal for New York is OK, being that Miami is getting a forest of players in return.

Why it makes sense for the Yankees:

Jose Fernandez would be a perfect fit for the Yankees (well, he would be for a lot of teams). New York is giving up a lot here, but GM Brian Cashman has been vocal that the team likely won’t make any free-agent signings, as they have little to no funds available. Thus, New York must improve in other ways such as trade, and Fernandez is the exact player they’re looking for–young, controllable pitching. Fernandez is a stud at just 23, and pairing him at the top of the Yankees’ rotation with Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka for years to come would be deadly. Fernandez is under club control for two more years, and won’t have to get paid until then. The Yankees also get Marcell Ozuna back in this deal, a promising young center fielder that could allow the team to shift Jacoby Ellsbury to a corner outfield position.

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