Yankees eyeing Christian Walker as key trade deadline acquisition

Amanda Paula
Friday July 5, 2024

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The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in acquiring Arizona Diamondbacks’ star first baseman Christian Walker before the trade deadline. This interest comes as the Yankees struggle, having lost 14 of their last 19 games. GM Brian Cashman is under pressure to improve the roster ahead of the July 30 deadline to ensure a strong postseason run.

The Diamondbacks, currently 2.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card spot, may be open to trading Walker, who is on an expiring deal. The Houston Astros, a key AL rival, also have Walker as their “dream target,” according to Jon Heyman of The New York Post.

Who is Christian Walker

Yankees Eyeing Diamondbacks' First Baseman Christian Walker
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Walker, 33, would be a significant upgrade for the Yankees at first base. He is currently second in the league with seven Outs Above Average at first base and has won a Gold Glove Award in the past two seasons. Offensively, he boasts 22 home runs this season with a .271/.345/.526 slash line and an .871 OPS in 87 games.

Additionally, third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the Diamondbacks could also be a trade target for the Yankees. Despite a subpar season, Suarez’s potential power-hitting could be revitalized in the Yankees’ lineup. His career stats include 252 home runs, with a peak of 49 in 2019.

Securing Walker would also allow the Yankees to move rookie Ben Rice back to his natural catcher position. Overall, acquiring Walker, and potentially Suarez, would significantly bolster the Yankees’ corner infield spots and enhance their postseason prospects.

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3 thoughts on “Yankees eyeing Christian Walker as key trade deadline acquisition

  1. The Yankees have to do something, and must do it fast. Those two added piecies could revitalize the stale line-up. I am still worried about pitching. Cole may be finally come back as Cole 2023. The rest of the rotation is so scary. That’s why I like Clark Smdith he always stay consistent.

  2. 1st base is NOT our biggest problem, so it would be stupid to give up prospects for Walker. Rice has been better overall than Rizzo this year, and he has a swing that Paul O’Neil loves & O’Neil knows a lot more about hitting than Cashman would if he lived 5,000 years.

    While it’s upsetting the way most of the starters have pitched recently, it wasn’t that long ago that they were the best starting 5 in baseball, so I’d be willing to gamble on most of them rebounding.

    The starters, other than Cole, may just need some additional rest at this point in the season. So, it might be good to give everyone, other than Cole, and extra day off between starts for a couple of turns through the rotation. And given how Great Nester has been at home & how Awful he’s been on the road, I’d avoid pitching him on the road, whenever possible.

    Relief pitching is probably our biggest need at this point. Berti should be back after the All-Star break, so I don’t think we need two add a 3B. Personally, I’d play Cabrera at 3rd & Berti at 2B in the second half, and trade Torres for a reliever, if he has any trade value, at this point.

    And DJ should be placed back on the IL. Since his return from the IL, DJ looks like he’s a 50-year-old man; it’s hard to believe that he’s fully healed & healthy.

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