Trade Proposal No. 3: Four Player Deal
- OF Starling Marte
- RP Richard Bleier
- OF Estevan Florial (Yankees No. 10 Prospect)
- C Josh Breaux (Yankees No. 19 Prospect)
The final trade proposal would once again conclude with New York landing both Marte and a reliever. This is however a different reliever, and arguably a more-likely option, as well as one that Yankees’ fans are familiar with.
That reliever as you most-likely know by now is 34-year old left-hander Richard Bleier. Bleier began his career in New York during the 2016 season posting a 1.96 ERA across 23 innings before being traded to Baltimore in 2017 where he posted a combined 3.15 ERA across four seasons.
As is the same with the previous proposal, Marte would obviously be the main piece for New York, but Bleier would certainly help solidify the Yankees bullpen. Across 37.1 innings pitched this season, Bleier has posted a 2.89 ERA with 28 strikeouts to only two walks, and still holds an extra year of team control in 2022.
For a potential Marlins return, the previously discussed Florial would surely be the center piece, but 23-year old catcher Josh Breaux would also be a nice landing piece for Miami as well. A former second round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Breaux is currently in High-A in the Yankees organization where he is slashing .259/.313/.514 across 220 at-bats with 15 HR’s and 40 RBI’s.
Earning a player comp to current Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez both offensively and defensively, Breaux displays a powerful right-handed swing that has some scouts believing he has 35+ HR potential annually, even despite high strikeout numbers.
While Breaux is currently in High-A, the 23-year old could potentially feature a role in the big leagues during the 2022 season. A natural catcher, Breaux’s skill-set would also make him a DH option going forward, assuming the DH is in the National League full-time.
The New York Yankees make a lot of sense as a potential trade destination for Marte due to the pure need at the position from New York, as well as the prospect capital the Miami Marlins could receive in return. Could we possibly see one of these three moves, or something similar within the next week?