Before taking three out of four games from the Seattle Mariners this weekend, the Yankees had gone about six weeks without winning a series.
Quite frankly, since the middle of June, the Yankees haven’t played very good baseball.
Last Tuesday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman made a trade with the Chicago White Sox acquiring 3B Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and former Yankee standout David Robertson.
The Yankees gave up one of their top prospects in their minor league system in 19 year old right fielder Blake Rutherford, but considering what the Yankees were able to acquire, it’s an absolute no brainer.
In this modern day era of major league baseball, having a high quality bullpen has never been more important.
Starting pitchers simply do not go deep enough into games and have a ton of trouble staying healthy over the course of 162 games.
Building a deep, solid bullpen can help take the pressure off your rotation and by the same token give you a much better chance to win on a day in, day out basis.
The Yankees expected to have one of the best bullpens in baseball at the start of the season and quite frankly it didn’t go according to plan.
Dellin Betances and Arodlis Chapman have been very up and down and former Yankee Tyler Clippard completely fell apart.
On the season, the Yankees suffered 18 blown saves heading into Tuesday’s action which is crazy considering they had only 16 blown saves all of last season.
In being able to add both David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, the Yankees have built without question the premiere bullpen in all of baseball.
Robertson is a former All-Star closer and is very comfortable when it comes to handling the New York pressure. He was a Yankee from 2008-2014 and did a fantastic job filling the shoes of future Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera.
Kahnle does not have the pedigree of Robertson, but his numbers are simply eye popping thus far in 2017. He has a very impressive 2.31 era and has struck out 66 batters in only 39 innings.
Both Robertson and Kahnle will help the Yankees a great deal in 2017, but they are both under team control for 2018 and beyond.
In addition, they filled a need in the infield by bringing in Todd Frazier.
Frazier won’t have nearly as much of an impact as Robertson or Kahnle, but he’s a guy that will provide some depth and power towards the bottom of the Yankee lineup.
I love the message that Brian Cashman sent his team by making this trade. He expects his ballclub to be in the postseason in 2017.
If the Yankees end up playing October baseball, I get the feeling this trade will be a major reason why.
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