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Proposing a Yankees-Guardians blockbuster trade to send Jose Ramirez, Shane Bieber to New York

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With the baseball lockout in place, nothing can happen right now. But, because of the wonderful trade simulator tool on the Baseball Trade Values page, we can play general manager.

So with a little extra time to play around and make trades, here’s one that was created between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians that would be a massive blockbuster, shaking both franchises up.

The Guardians would receive Domingo German, Luis Gil, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe.

The Yankees would get Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez.

The values allowed the trade to be submitted and completed. It would work for both teams.

It works for the Guardians because they can acquire several pitchers who can help a rebuild. German and Montgomery have major league experience, as does Loaisiga in the bullpen. Gil got a few starts in the majors and a t times, looked tremendous. The other two are two of the Yankees top infield prospects in the system, why did they get sacrificed?

Because it gets you an MVP candidate in Ramirez, who can play third base and give the Yankees a switch-hitting power bat they need; Ramirez hit .266 with 36 homers and 103 RBI in 152 games.

Then there is Bieber, who is a former 2020 American League Cy Young winner, and at 26 years old, can be paired at the top of the rotation with Gerrit Cole and a returning Luis Severino. Plus if Nestor Cortes Jr can replicate his success from 2021, that’s a pretty decent rotation to go up against the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

While again, nothing can happen. But once the lockout ends, hopefully sooner than later, this is the kind of trade that a lot of people can see Brian Cashman making to strengthen the Yankees with two impactful players.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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