As the Yankees explore the trade market for bullpen arms, they should consider not only whether a target can help them for 2019, but also for 2020 and beyond, depending on his contract/service time status. Because the Yankees could lose as many as two significant bullpen pieces this offseason.
Dellin Betances’ walk year has been a disaster so far, the gigantic right-hander spending the entire season on the injured list with right shoulder and lat injuries.
On the other side of the spectrum, Aroldis Chapman — who returned to the Yankees from the Cubs after the 2016 season, signing a five-year, $86-million contract — remains among the game’s elite closers, having just picked up the save for the AL in the All-Star Game. Consequently you wonder whether he’ll opt out, as he can, of the two years and $34.4 million he’ll have remaining on his deal after this season.