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10 Possible Trade Targets For Yankees

Non-Waiver Deadline Is July 31

July 11, 2018 - 1:22 pm
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By WFAN.com

All teams have room for improvement. The Yankees, who have cruised to a 59-31 record so far this season, are no exception, especially if they want to pass the Red Sox for the AL East title.

The Bombers are looking to upgrade their rotation. And although they have a stacked lineup, that hasn't stopped them from reportedly checking into some big-name hitters.

The Yankees have plenty of promising prospects down on the farm, and packages that include Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, Albert Abreu and Clint Frazier could yield a difference-maker in the franchise's quest for their first World Series title since 2009. The question is, just how much is Brian Cashman willing to surrender? 

Here’s a list of some of the possible players the Yankees might try to acquire before the July 31 trade deadline.

Michael Fulmer, SP, Detroit Tigers: The pairing of Fulmer and the Yankees is not a novel idea. Fulmer has been linked to the team for some time. The 25-year-old right-hander won AL Rookie of the Year in 2016 but hasn’t performed to the same level since then (3-8 with a 4.11 ERA this season). But he’s young and talented, so he has time to get back to that level. The Yankees will likely be dominant for a while, making Fulmer, with his age and talent, a good fit.  

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Cole Hamels, SP, Texas Rangers: The 34-year-old lefty is on the decline, but he would bring an impressive postseason résumé to the Bronx, which includes a World Series MVP trophy. Hamels is 4-8 with a 4.28 ERA this season, but his strikeout rate is the highest it has been in four years.

J.A. Happ, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Happ has reportedly been high on the Yankees’ list for a while. The 35-year-old southpaw struggled against the Yanks last week (six runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings), but he’s still known to be a solid player who was selected to his first career All-Star Game this week. His strikeout-to-walk ratio this season is the best of his career. The Mariners, Brewers and Cubs also reportedly have interest in Happ.

Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets: While this one isn’t likely, the Yankees can hope. The Mets' lone All-Star this season, deGrom leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA. The Mets are reportedly reluctant to deal the 30-year-old right-hander -- and even if they did, would they be willing to send him to their crosstown rival?

Jacob deGrom pitches against the Miami Marlins on May 23, 2018, at Citi Field.
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Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets: Again, a Mets trade to the Yankees is improbable, but the two teams have reportedly been in contact. Syndergaard is skilled and still improving. The 25-year-old flame-thrower has battled injuries the past two seasons, potentially driving his trade value lower than the Mets are willing to sell him for. But when healthy, he'd be a clear upgrade to the Yankees' rotation. In 11 starts this season, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 76 strikeouts.

Blake Snell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: The 25-year-old left-hander is 12-4, leads the American League with a 2.09 ERA and is an early Cy Young candidate. But with four more years of team control, are the Rays really willing to trade Snell? And if so, would they expect a king's ransom?

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Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Franscisco Giants: Bumgarner is a key part of the Giants organization, so the Yankees would have to put together a solid package to acquire the four-time All-Star. The 28-year-old right-hander is under team control until 2019, which would give him some time in New York before he hits free agency, but also drives up his price. Bumgarner is 2-3 with a 3.09 ERA this season.

Chris Archer, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: The subject of trade rumors to the Yankees last offseason, Archer ended up staying with the Rays and got off to a disastrous start -- his ERA was above 6.00 in early May. However, the 29-year-old righty has been better since, posting a 2.00 ERA over his last five starts. Archer, who recently returned after missing a month with an abdominal strain, is under team control through 2021.

Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles: The Yankees reportedly have "increased interest" in the 26-year-old slugger. Machado has made it clear he prefers to stay at shortstop, so what would the Yankees do with Didi Gregorius, who is popular among fans and teammates? Machado is hitting .314 with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs this season. If the Yankees are serious about Machado, they'll have competition from a host of teams, including possibly the rival Red Sox.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals: MLB.com reported last weekend that the Yankees are among the teams interested in Moustakas. The Bombers are said to be eyeing the two-time All-Star as a first baseman, a sign they're concerned about Greg Bird, who has repeatedly battled injuries and is hitting just .207 this season. But would Moustakas be much better? He started the season hot, but is batting just .203 since mid-May.