Mariners Trade 1: A playoff push with Montgomery
Essentially, what the Mariners would be doing year is potentially taking off the latter part of their window being open, and opening it this year. Kirby is a top 100 prospect, and actually has very similar value to Montgomery. He’s five years younger and would give the Yankees a future mid-high rotation piece that they could use for years to come.
Macko becomes another potential piece that they could use down the line at some point, albeit with a lower ceiling and a window that is further away. What it does do, is give the Yankees more potential bullets for their rotation down the road.
Would the Yankees actually do this? Possibly. They’ve dealt with their fair share of injuries, which has hampered them a fair amount. If they traded away Montgomery, they could keep Severino on the IL a bit longer, making sure that he gets back to 100% as close as realistically possible. I’m no Yankee fan, but I still enjoy good pitching and would like to see him come back at the right time, instead of at a time when they might rush him because they need him.
It would also help the Yankees keep their top pitching prospect from being pushed into action too early. Who would that be? Well, that would be…