Kyle Schwarber received 25% of the votes in our poll but acquiring him is a bit more complicated. Even if the New York Yankees want Schwarber as their DH in 2018, they’ll need to convince the Chicago Cubs to trade the 24-year-old slugger.
Schwarber had a difficult 2017 season that included him hitting just .211 and being sent down to Triple-A for an 11-game stretch, but he won’t come cheap.
Despite his struggles, Schwarber’s power is undeniable. He hit 30 home runs last year and has a career 1.031 OPS in the postseason.
The problem in Chicago is that they don’t have a DH spot for Schwarber and he is a liability in the outfield. Schwarber was a catcher in college but has made a not-so-easy transition to left field.
The Yankees could use Schwarber exclusively at DH and his left-handed swing would do wonders in Yankee Stadium.
Again, the issue would be putting together a prospect package to send to the Windy City in return for Schwarber. The Cubs could use some young pitching so perhaps Domingo Acevedo and Jorge Guzman would get a deal done.
I’m not so sure the Yankees would be willing to part with such talented young pitchers for a designated hitter, however. So as nice as it is picturing Kyle Schwarber launching baseballs into the bleachers, I’m not sure the Yankees and Cubs will be able to get a trade completed.