Insider advises Yankees to swap Pereira for Bieber

Everson Pereira of the New York Yankees

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The New York Yankees, buoyed by the recent addition of Juan Soto, are steadfast in their pursuit of World Series glory in 2024. Amid uncertainties surrounding their current pitching rotation, attention has shifted to Cleveland Guardians’ ace, Shane Bieber, as a plausible target.

In a proposed trade by Chris Kirschner of The Athletic, the focal pieces involved would be Everson Pereira and Henry Lalane. Pereira, a burgeoning outfielder displaying promising power in the minor leagues, could be an enticing prospect for the Guardians, especially when paired with Lalane, a left-handed pitcher with considerable potential. The connection between Bieber and Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake, who previously collaborated with him in Cleveland, adds an intriguing dimension to the proposal.

Is the swap the right choice for the Yankees?

Despite Bieber’s stellar Cy Young-winning performance in 2020 and a career 3.27 ERA, he hasn’t fully returned to his peak form following an elbow injury in 2023. The combination of this and his impending free agency might elevate the asking price from the Guardians, as indicated by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Everson Pereira of the New York Yankees
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The Yankees’ prized prospects, Pereira (ranked 3rd) and Lalane (ranked 8th) by Baseball America, could serve as the core of the potential trade package. Pereira’s potential as a “well-rounded center fielder” and Lalane’s projection as the “best lefty New York has developed since Jordan Montgomery” offer enticing upside for Cleveland.

Whether Pereira and Lalane would be sufficient to secure Bieber’s move to the Bronx remains uncertain. However, one thing is evident: the Yankees are prepared to go the extra mile in their quest for another vital piece to complete their championship puzzle. If this blockbuster trade materializes, it has the potential to reshape the American League landscape and elevate the intrigue of the 2024 season.

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  1. I think Bieber is like maybe a 3rd starting pitcher at best. Corbin Burns is more elite pitcher that the Yankees need to conten for the playoffs, if they want to go further into the playoffs.

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