The New York Yankees
The transaction for the Bronx Bombers was an obvious push for their "win-now" strategy, along with an effort to solidify their starting rotation, which greatly held the team back throughout the regular season and playoffs last year.
But what if we told you that Paxton wasn't the only one the Yankees had their eye on when it came to using Sheffield as trade bait?
Column: The early conversations around Paul Goldschmidt -- with rival execs convinced he will be traded this winter, what kind of return can Arizona expect? https://t.co/O2mcVgXo8P— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 25, 2018
The 31-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt, is coming off of his sixth-straight All-Star campaign, and for the Yanks, despite the late season addition of Luke Voit, the team has struggled to get consistent, long-term production on that corner after the failure of Greg Bird.
But trading a top prospect for a player set to cash in on free agency after the 2019 season would have been a dangerous move.
So the #Yankees were willing to deal a top prospect for a one-year rental in Paul Goldschmidt; not only willing, but they were “pushing” Justus Sheffield? This tells me they aren’t particularly relying on Luke Voit to man first base this upcoming season in the Bronx.— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) November 25, 2018
The Yanks had no trouble scoring and ranked second in the entire MLB behind only the world champion Boston Red Sox in runs scored for the season with 851. As for pitching, there was plenty of room for improvement, though the club finished 10th in ERA with a collective 3.78 mark.
Perhaps the strategy for GM Brian Cashman is to trade for bats to solidify an already-impressive lineup and look to break the bank in free agency for the arms. There are plenty of options this winter for the Yanks to choose from.