1. The Yankees could trade for Ramon Laureano.
We already discussed how poorly Aaron Hicks has played this season. While I’m sure New York Yankees fans would love to see their club make a swap for Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas, perhaps a trade for center fielder Ramon Laureano is more realistic.
Much like the aforementioned Luis Castillo, it’s going to take a haul to trade for Montas. But Laureano’s price tag might not be as high. The outfielder has been limited to just 22 games in 2022 and the A’s now have their centerfielder of the future in Christian Pache.
Laureano is under team control through the 2024 season and has a career-OPS near .800. Laureano isn’t necessarily a power-bat, but the 27-year-old has the ability to rack up 15 homers per season and slugged 24 round-trippers in 2019.
Ramon Laureano can play all three outfield spots, and at $2.4M, his salary isn’t going to break the bank. The Oakland A’s are obviously in the middle of a rebuild after dealing Matt Olson, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea earlier this year.