Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) reacts as New York Yankees’ Jake Bauers runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 3, 2023, in New York. Frank Franklin II – staff, AP

When the New York Yankees missed out on Corbin Burnes, the fans were left baffled. The front office remained in play for the longest time. But at the final hour, the Baltimore Orioles stole the opportunity. They not only strengthened the rotation but also staked claim on the second successive AL-East division title.

Regardless, the rumored reason behind the fallout is presumed to be top prospect Spencer Jones. As per Jon Heyman, the Brewers asked for Jones to be included in the trade package for Burnes. But the Yanks insisted that he was off the table. Meanwhile, here is another pitching trade candidate for the Yankees who would cost much less than Burnes.


Yankees Must Trade Shane Bieber In A Low-Cost, High-Risk Trade Deal!

Shane Bieber #57 of the Cleveland Guardians (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Former CY Young award-winning pitcher Shane Bieber has entered his final arbitration year before hitting free agency next season. He agreed to a $13.1 million deal for the 2024 season. While Bieber has lost his charm since the CY Young season, a resurgence could be on the cards. He recently attended Drive Line Baseball and regained his lost velocity. Shane had recently lost the velocity of his most deceptive pitch, the curveball. However, after attending Driver Line, the velocity is back to what it was during his CY Young season (83.7 MPH). Additionally, his fastball velocity currently stands at 93.2 MPH. It’s safe to say a resurgence is just around the corner for Shane Bieber.

Having said that, trading Shane Bieber makes a lot of sense for the New York Yankees. His deal wouldn’t necessarily cost them Spencer Jones. Someone like Everson Pereira would do the job just fine. Of course, there is no denying the risk of regression. Bieber’s inconsistency could be an issue in the long haul. But the Yanks do not have to commit for that long. In a best-case scenario, the Bronx Bombers can trade him for the 2024 season and take a call on his future according to his performance in the upcoming season. It’s a simple math that carries significant risk along with it. Thus, Brian Cashman must remain mindful while choosing his next step. Shane Bieber is the depth the rotation needs, and he is the best available option, given current market limitations.

Yanks Lose Two Pitching Upgrades To Protect One Prospect!

Spencer Jones
Yankees prospect Spencer Jones has been grinding through a slump offensively in High-A Hudson Valley of late. AP

In a startling change of events, the New York Yankees fell short of not only Corbin Burnes but also Dylan Cease. Apparently, both the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox asked for Spencer Jones to be included in a trade package. However, Brian Cashman duly informed the duo that Jones was off the table.

Since all parties refused to budge, a deal couldn’t take place. Spencer Jones is the Yankee’s No.1 farm system prospect. The 6-foot-6 towering slugger has drawn an uncanny resemblance to captain Aaron Judge in the past. His bat speed and raw athleticism have wooed the scouts who watched his game closely in minor leagues. Owing to these factors, the Yanks consider Jones a prospect worthy of protecting for the long-term future’s sake.

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