By Tyler on April 12, 2014
The New York Yankees have gotten off to a rather average 6-6 start in 2014, which has provided equal reason to be optimistic and worried. Nevertheless, there is little doubting that general manager Brian Cashman is going to side with the later view, and likely is working the phones with an eye towards making a trade or two between now and July 31.
Here are the five players on the Yankees' 40-man roster most likely to be traded.
Vidal Nuno is stuck in a precarious spot, as he is the eighth option on the Yankees' 25-man roster to start games and the third lefty out of the bullpen. Furthermore, he has started off the season in a dreadful manner, compiling a 2.77 WHIP and 14.54 ERA through three appearances and 4 1-3 innings pitched. Nuno still does hold some value in a trade though, and Cashman should use that to better the Yankees before long.
Dean Anna has quickly made a name for himself with the Yankees, compiling a slash line of .214/.267/.500 with one double, and one home run. Unfortunately, Anna is the second backup infielder on the roster behind Yangervis Solarte, and the impending return of Brendan Ryan will push him to AAA. It is always good to have depth in the minors, but with Scott Sizemore already providing this, there is little doubting Anna will be moved at some point.
Preston Claiborne had an atrocious Spring Training, compiling a 14.29 ERA and a demotion to AAA to start the season. Through two minor league appearances, Claiborne hasn't allowed a run, and there is no doubting he would be the first reliever called up to the Yankees. Still, it is telling that after 44 big league appearances in 2013, that he couldn't earn a roster spot in 2014, and Cashman would clearly send him off for a higher end player.
Ichiro Suzuki is the fifth outfielder for the Yankees, and is mainly being utilized as a late inning defensive replacement and baserunner at the moment. This clearly has some value, but for a player as tenured as Suzuki, it isn't exactly ideal, and trade rumors have been swirling around the 39 year old for months now. The Yankees may be better off holding onto Suzuki, but the player certainly wouldn't mind a move.
Austin Romine lost out on the Yankees' backup catcher job to Francisco Cervelli this spring, and he now finds himself as a backup behind JR Murphy in AAA. Romine isn't exactly a world beater at the plate, but he plays above average defense and could be utilized as a backup for many clubs. The Yankees have received many calls for the 25 year old, and there is no doubting he will be traded when Cashman finds a deal he likes.
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