Yankees post-deadline confidential: Why Harrison Bader?

The combination of a huge division lead and a championship-less dossier since 2009 motivated the Yankees to emphasize October at the trade deadline rather than August and September.

It is putting the playoff cart before the regular-season horse.

Their most controversial trade, in fact, accentuated this as they obtained a player (Harrison Bader) who won’t even play for them before September in exchange for a pitcher (Jordan Montgomery) the Yankees did not see (under the best circumstances) pitching for them in October.

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If everything works out, the Yankees would get Bader and Luis Severino back next month to build them up to be factors in the following month.

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