Last Friday night in Baltimore the New York Yankees received the shocking news that the team will lose relief pitcher Michael King for the rest of the season. King exited the game with a fractured elbow. This was a huge blow to the team because he became a reliable piece for manager Aaron Boone out of the bullpen. Boone would use King as a setup reliever in the 6th and 7th inning and help hand the ball over to closer Clay Holmes. Now that King will be missing, the Yankees will have to add a reliever at the trade deadline.
Option 1: David Robertson
Could the Yankees bring back David Roberston for the second time in his career? He began his career with the Yankees in 2008 before signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2015. Then, in 2017, he was traded back to the Yankees. He is currently having a great year with the Chicago Cubs. Robertson has a terrific 1.83 ERA. The one negative for Robertson is he is 37 years old. If the Robertson trade is only a rental for a World Series push then his age is not a problem. It would be pretty cool to see Robertson back in Yankees pinstripes.
Option 2-3: Gregory Soto and Michael Fulmer
Expect the Detroit Tigers to be sellers at the trade deadline and they have two relief pitchers the Yankees should look into. The first preference is Gregory Soto, who has a 2.43 with 36 strikeouts and 18 saves. The other Tiger reliever is Michael Fulmer, who has been on the Yankee’s radar before. This season he has a 2.84 era with 36 strikeouts as well. Soto would be the preferred option for the Yankees to be their setup reliever.
The Yankees do have some relievers on their roster that can potentially fill the Michael King void. Fans should look out for Clarke Schmidt. Schmidt has been overlooked and has some nasty stuff. He currently has a 2.67 ERA and the team has been high on him before when he was in the minor leagues. This is his time to prove to the fans that he can get it done on the major league team.
Another young pitcher in the bullpen that could step up as a potential replacement for King is Albert Abreu. Abreu can throw hard as his fastball can reach up to 100 MPH. Abreu currently has a 2.30 era. He has great stuff but has to learn how to control it.
One last option on the roster that can enter the setup role is Jonathan Loaisiga. Loasigia has been struggling this year but he was so good last season that he has too much talent to redeem himself. If he does redeem himself he can be a weapon in the Yankees bullpen and earn himself the setup reliever job again.
The options are out there for the Yankees to get reliever help at the trade deadline. If they don’t make a trade, there is also temporary help already here on the roster. Yankees fans should be refreshing their Twitter pages to find out what happens in the coming days.