Yankee fans will learn to love Harrison Bader’s trade

Jordan’s trade in Montgomery was really shocking. In my opinion, he’s been one of the most reliable bowlers in Major League Baseball since the beginning of 2021. He’s in control of all his pitches. His upside is not exciting, but there is great value in a shooter who can withstand a 2.5-3.5 WAR reliably. He was drafted by the team and came out through the minor leagues as a pleasant surprise. It was easy to reach.

All that said, I think this trade with Harrison Bader was a win for building this team.

I’ll be honest, I was stunned when that happened, and even more so when it wasn’t followed up by a deal for another newbie. However, over the past few days, I’ve reminded myself of that This article. For the better part of the past three seasons, it was clear that Yankees They needed help in the middle, with both a short court and a center field manned by under-qualified players for the severity of the situations. While Aaron Judge has proven he can be an everyday central player, it’s now clear that the Yankees didn’t see that as a sustainable option. With the addition of the Badr Elite and means eliteDefending in midfield, Brian Cashman filled a gap in this team that has gone on for far too long.

Let’s be clear here. The healthy Harrison Bader is one of the best, if not the best, defensive midfielder in baseball. Defensive scales back that up wherever you look, and if you’re not one of the scales, the eye test has a much brighter review. He has a knack for scuba diving, routing, running play, and literally anything.

I said earlier months ago that good teams like this one, with the resources of this team, shouldn’t play below average for alternative level players. There is no good reason for that! It’s not worth waiting to see what you have in players like Aaron Hicks and Isaiah Keener-Valiva. To me, Brian Cashman obviously would agree. When Badr is healthy and ready to play every day again, there is no doubt that he will be chosen to play in the position every night. He does everything better than Hicks except for walking with a tie.

We tend to underestimate how difficult it is to find staying defensive players in positions like short court and midfield, so when faced with the chance of getting one of the best at the price of a bowler who likely won’t start a playoff, I see why one would take that deal every time. It can’t even be compared to signing a player like Carlos Correa, a fantastic player and defender in a position of excellence in his own right. The acquisition cost was low, and while Bader won’t appear for another month or more, the Yankees have the privilege of building their roster in the playoffs.

I know it hurts to lose a player who has worked through your system and come across as above average, but we have to remember what many of us have complained about years ago, which is the lack of sportsmanship in this team, especially up to the middle. When Bader runs and catches every fly ball that gets close to him, I don’t think we’d mind losing Monty too much. With a little patience, we’ll get there.