The New York Yankees have had a strong offseason so far.
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This gives their starting rotation even more firepower, elevating it to one of the league’s best.
However, they shouldn’t be done there.
Here are two trades the team should look to make to continue improving their roster for 2023.
1. Acquire Bryan Reynolds
The team has been bad in recent memory, but Reynolds has broken onto the scene as a star.
As a switch hitter, Reynolds provides a balanced approach at the plate.
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He is also an above-average defender in the outfield.
These are both things that the Yankees could desperately use.
On top of all this, Reynolds is under team control for three more seasons, so he wouldn’t become a free agent until 2026.
If they want to win now, this is the move that could take them over the top.
2. Acquire Luis Arraez
This may seem like a random trade, but the Minnesota Twins have mentioned moving the reigning AL batting champion.
He would almost fit too well in the Yankees order.
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Luis Arraez, with his .316 average and .375 on-base mark, would fit in perfectly at the top of the lineup.
He is a different type of hitter than anyone on the Yankees, and is the perfect complement to their big sluggers.
Arraez could then serve a utility role, filling in around the infield when needed.
However, he would likely become the every day second baseman as DJ LeMahieu shifts over to third.
While this trade hasn’t been talked about, it is one that could go a long way towards improving their lineup, especially come playoff time.