New York Giants: Azeez Ojulari shortlisted as DROY candidate

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The rest of the NFL may have messed up by allowing New York Giants draft pick Azeez Ojulari to fall all the way to the 50th selection where the Giants took him. Ojulari was predicted originally to be a high first round pick, and was even mocked to the Giants with the 11th selection by some names in the draft analysis community.

However, due to late news that came out about a potential knee problem, Ojulari fell and the Giants were able to get the player for what looks like far less than his true value.

The Giants organization is confident that the knee story isn’t accurate, and that they’re getting a healthy player with Ojulari. Many media members around the league have been bullish so far in their predictions about Ojulari’s performance, estimating him to perform like the upper first round player that he was projected as.

The latest of those predictions is from’s Lance Zierlein and has Ojulari as one of the candidates for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. While Ojulari only comes in at 9th on the list, it’s impressive to get that kind of acknowledgement at all after falling significantly and being drafted in the second round.

The Giants had way too much rush production come from their big men up front — defensive tackle Leonard Williams, who had 11.5 sacks, was the only player to post more than four last season — so they’re hoping Ojulari can give their attack more life off the edge. The tape can be a little uneven at times, but his flashes are really eye-catching. Georgia did so much rotating along their defensive front that I didn’t always feel like he was able to get into a groove. He’ll be on the field full-time for the Giants, and if the coaches can cultivate those flashes into a skilled rush, Ojulari will be a legitimate contender out of this group.

If Ojulari does perform like this, he’ll definitely go down as one of the better draft picks under Dave Gettleman. And the Giants are especially lucky that Ojulari fell to this spot, as the pick also addresses a major area of need.

Note that the article doesn’t mention the injury concerns that led to Ojulari falling in the first place. Those have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside more recently.

With the way those injury concerns have completely fallen out of discussion, and the Giants organization hasn’t found anything wrong with Ojulari yet, it’s safe to say his fall from first round prospect may very well happened because of misplaced and ill-informed rumors leading up to the draft rather than anything with merit.

Knicks Rumors: Pacers potential trade partner at 13, Davion Mitchell and Chris Duarte are primary targets

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In less than 24 hours, the New York Knicks will know the future of their draft selections. With the 19, 21, and 32nd overall picks in the first round, reports have heavily indicated the front office is trying to move up. They haven’t been able to find any suitors.

After gauging Golden State’s interest in moving back to 19 from the 14th overall pack, the Knicks have now shifted their attention to the Indiana Pacers at 13.

According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, the Knicks have contacted the Pacers at 13 to gauge interest in a trade back:

According to NBA sources, the Knicks have talked not just to Golden State about moving up, but also to the Pacers, who have the 13th pick. The Knicks are trying to package their two first-round picks but may also have to add more draft capital (they have a total of 20 picks through 2026).

President Leon Rose and the executives have two players in mind, Davion Mitchell out of Baylor and Chris Duarte out of Oregon.

Mitchell is a combo guard who offers elite defense right out of the gate. Having won an NCAA Championship and experienced a positive increase in offensive production this past season, averaging 14.0 points and 5.5 assists, Mitchell would fit the bill perfectly as a developmental point guard behind a veteran.

Mitchell connected on 51% of his shots from the field and 44% from range over 4.7 attempts per game. He is a refined defensive player, something that Thibodeau values significantly in young talent. However, he also contains the ability to score with aggression and shoot adequately.

Duarte is a bit different, offering his services as a shooting guard. He is an ideal 3-and-D player, someone who can replace Reggie Bullock, who is preparing to leave in free agency. Duarte averaged 17.1 points and shot 53% from the field with Oregon this past season. His most impressive statistic, though, was his 42% success rate from three, averaging 5.5 attempts per game.

With these two names in mind, the Knicks are desperately trying to find a trade partner, and it will likely boil down to the final moments. Alternative clubs know that New York is desperate, as they simply can’t host four rookies. They are likely trying to extract as much value as possible.

New York Giants: Kelvin Benjamin rips Joe Judge in post-cut tirade

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An odd situation occurred on Wednesday at the start of training camp for the New York Giants. With the team taking the field preparing to start the off-season, TE/WR Kelvin Benjamin was stopped short of joining his teammates by head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman.

Gettleman was seemingly doing Benjamin a favor, bringing him in for minicamp and letting him compete on the back end of the roster. However, Judge asked him a simple question two months ago, and it was regarding weight loss.

Essentially, Judge requested the veteran receiver cut 20 pounds off his frame, but Benjamin was unable to do so. Instead, he showed up to practice 17 pounds overweight, which incited a quick response from Judge, sending him on his way and cutting him that very moment.

After Benjamin walked off the field somberly, Zack Rosenblatt of managed to secure an interview with Benjamin later on in the day.

“It was just like they were trying to sabotage me to get me out of there,” Benjamin said.

“I just felt like from Day 1, once I stepped on the field, once I put on the colors, he never liked me,” Benjamin said. “He didn’t even want me there.”

It is entirely possible Judge with simply doing Gettleman a favor, bringing Benjamin in to practice with the team in an attempt to revive his NFL career. However, it seemed as if there was never any serious chance that Benjamin would make the roster, spurring his aggressive tirade after cleaning out his locker.
Kelvin went as far as the rip Judge, stating that he cusses and will never win a Super Bowl. Someone should probably tell Benjamin he’s one quite a few with the New England Patriots and a National Championship with Alabama. His success far supersedes Benjamin and his lack of discipline in the NFL.

“I have a perspective on Joe Judge,” Benjamin said. “He’s not a coach that can ever win a Super Bowl because he sits there and cusses all day. You can tell he’s one-sided about everything. He’s a know-it-all. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. We all can learn from each other. We’re all humans at the end of the day. The true colors will come out.”

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take game two from the Rays in an exciting 10th inning

New York Yankees, Nestor Cortes Jr.

The New York Yankees entered tonight’s game looking to take the series with a second win after last night’s 4-3 win. Nestor Cortes started for the Yankees with Michael Wacha for the Tampa Bay Rays. At the very last moment before the game, slugger Aaron Judge was removed from the starting lineup favoring Estevan Florial for an unspecified reason. However, it was noted that he did not take part in batting practice earlier in the day. The New York Yankees won the game in one of the most exciting 10th inning baseball fans have seen. The final score was Yankees 3 Rays 1.

At the top of the first inning, DJ LeMahieu faced Wacha and went down swinging. Gleyber Torres walked. Rougie Odor went down on strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton ground out to second to end the half and leave one on base. At the bottom, Manuel Margot leadoff for the Rays and flew out to Florial in center. Wander Franco fly out to right for the second out. In last night’s game, Austin Meadows went down looking for a 1-2-3 inning for Cortes Jr. No score.

Gary Sanchez led off the second inning by going down on strikes for Wacha’s third strikeout of the game. Brett Gardner flew out to left. Gio Urshela struck out to end the half. At the bottom of the second, Yandy Diaz flew out to Allen in right field. Brandon Lowe struck out. Randy Arozarena went down on strike, putting all six Rays he has faced. No score.

Greg Allen led off the third inning by grounding out to second. Estevan Florial went down on strikes. LeMahieu got a base hit to right for the 37th game in a row with a hit. Torres went down on a changeup. Joey Wendle led off the bottom by grounding out to short. Francisco Mejia managed the first base runner for the Rays with a single up the middle. Brett Phillips went down swinging. Margot lined out to Urshela to end the scoreless inning. No score.

The top of the fourth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who singled to left. Stanton, Gardner, and Sanchez failed to score in the fourth. At the bottom, Franco singled. Meadows flew out. Diaz went down swinging. Lowe tripled, and Franco scored for the Ray’s first run in the game. Arozarena was hit by a pitch and went to first. Wendle, with men on the corners and two outs lined out to Gardner in left. Tampa Bay Rays 1 New York Yankees 0.

Urshela led off the fifth by reaching on an airmailed throw to first. Greg Allen doubled down the right-field line, moving Urshela to third. Aaron Judge, pinch-hitting for Florial, who may have been traded to the Rangers, struck out for the first out of the inning. LeMahieu got a sac fly tying up the game at one. Torres got a line drive to first for the final out. At the bottom, Mejia against Cortes Jr. with 67 pitches popped out to catcher Sanchez. Phillips popped out to first. Margot flew out to Allen for a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Rays 1 Yankees 1.

The sixth inning was led off by Rougie Odor, who, against Drew Rasmussen, struck out. Stanton singled up the middle. Sanchez got the second out. Brett Gardner ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Franco led off against new pitcher Lucas Luetge; he went down on strikes. Meadows went down swinging. Diaz flew out to Gardner in left for the final out. Tampa Bay 1 Yankees 0.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh inning by going down on strikes. Allen flew out to second. Aaron Judge struck out to end the half. At the bottom, Lowe struck out swinging. Arozarena went down on strikes. Wendle popped back to catcher Sanchez to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the eighth inning popped out to third. Odo stuck out. With a runner at second and two outs, Santon flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom, Mejia against Zack Britton walked. Phillips hit into a double play for two outs. Margot ground out to short. Yankees 1 Rays 1.

At the top of the ninth with the game tied up at 1, Gary Sanchez against Matt  Wisler singled to left. Tyler Wade was brought in to pinch-run for Sanchez. Gardner flew out to right. Wisler balked with Wade going to second. Urshela hit into an inning-ending double play to end the half. At the bottom with a chance for the Rays to walk off, Kyle Higashioka took over the catching for the Yankees, and with Chad Green, on the mound, Franco chopped out to first. Meadows flew out to Allen in center. Diaz also flew out to center to bring the game into extra innings.

In the tenth inning with ghost runner Gio Urshela at second, Greg Allen against Pete Fairbanks got hit by a pitch advancing to first. Aaron Judge with two on and no outs singled to left. Urshela scored. LeMahieu with men on the corners and no outs.  Fairbanks left the game replaced by Andrew Kittredge. Kittredge threw a wild pitch scoring Allen. LeMahieu ground out with Judge moving to third base. Torres hit to third to double up judge and end the inning, but the Yankees took the 2 run lead.

At the bottom with last licks on the line for the Rays, Diaz was the ghost running at second with Aroldis Chapman in for the close, Lowe struck out on a 101 mph fastball. Arozarena walked. Nelson Cruz pinch hit for Wendle. On a wild pitch, Diaz went to third and was called out. Upon review, he was called safe. Cruz then with men on second and third Cruz struck out. Mejia flew out to LeMahieu who made an on-the-gound catch to end the inning and win it for the New York Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 and the Tampa Bay Rays 1. The winning pitcher was Chad Green and the loser, Pete Fairbanks, with the save going to Aroldis Chapman (20).




New York Yankees Breaking: Yankees acquired Texas Rangers Joey Gallo

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A few weeks ago, Joey Gallo seemed to be high on the list of New York Yankees trade targets. However, the heat on that conversation seems to have cooled the closer we get to the trade deadline. Gallo would have given the Yankees a solid middle of the lineup power hitter that has been healthy all season. The Yankees have also worked with the Rangers before in obtaining Rougie Odor.

Tonight Jeff Passan has reported that Gallo has indeed been traded to the New York Yankees depending on a medical review. Follow for more details.

Trade Rumors: Knicks could have interest in trading for guard Landry Shamet, what would he bring?

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The New York Knicks are in search of productive shooters for the 2021-22 season. With the NBA draft set to commence on Thursday, July 29, they have several first-round selections they can allocate toward adding a guard to help in that category.

However, there is a reason to believe the Knicks could be intrigued by Brooklyn Nets guard Landry Shamet. At 6’4″, 190-pounds, Shamet is entering his fourth season in the NBA, averaging 9.3 points, 1.6 assists, and shooting 40% from the field last year. From range, he connected on 39% of his shots, attempting 5.5 per game.

According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks had an interest in Landry Shamet and could absorb his contract:

It’s worth noting that the Knicks had interest in acquiring Shamet in the trade that sent Marcus Morris Sr. to the Clippers. New York could send Brooklyn pick No. 19 or No. 21 and absorb Shamet’s deal into cap space (depending on the timing of the trade). The Pelicans, owners of the No. 17 pick, also have been interested in Shamet, per sources.

The 24-year-old will count $3.7 million against the camp next season with a qualifying offer of $5.5 million during the 2022-23 season.

New York is trying to part ways with some of their draft capital, as they simply can’t host four new rookies. Shamet would offer a solid reserve shooting guard who can also contribute at point.

Landry only averaged 23 minutes per game last year but had streaks of adequacy despite the Nets’ rotating point guards when Kyrie Irving wasn’t able to play. The Knicks likely see him as more of an offensive producer than a facilitator, which would allow him to compete at SG.

New York Yankees: Yankee trade targets are quickly evaporating

Could the New York Yankees pursue Max Scherzer in a trade?

The New York Yankees have made many inquiries ahead of the July 30, 4 pm deadline. So far, they have only brought right-hand pitcher Clay Holmes to the Yankees. So far, they have a net loss to the team struggling to hold on to a wild card slot. The Yankees had to deal shortstop Diego Castillo and Shortstop Hoy Park to Pirates for Holmes. So they have pretty well cleaned out their shortstop prospects for a not very good pitcher.

In a puzzling move, the New York Yankee front office announced that they had traded long-time long-haul reliever Luis Cessa to the Cincinnati Reds at the end of last night’s game. Also included in the trade was Justin Wilson, and they got back nothing except a player to be named later.

Cessa has been the go-to long reliever for the last two New York Yankee managers. In his eleven seasons, he has a 55-54 record and an ERA of 3.74, which is very good for a reliever that usually enters the game with runners on base and has to give the team several innings of long relief.

This season has been his best with the Yankees. The 29-year-old is inducing ground balls at a massive 56.8% clip this year. Statcast shows he’s been among the top twenty percent of pitchers in suppressing opponents’ average exit velocity, hard contact, and barrels. In 38 1/3 innings, this season he has earned a career-best 2.82 ERA.

The only explanation I can come up with to get rid of Cessa involves Justin Wilson, who has not pitched well for the Yankees; he has an ERA of 7.50 in 18 innings of work and a contract that costs the Yankees close to $3 million. This amounts to a Yankees salary dump; unfortunately, the Yankees lose Cessa in the deal. Yankee fans can only hope that the salary dump brings something good to the team later this week. It must have been quite a shock to Cessa, who has spent his last six years in the majors with the New York Yankees.

Max Scherzer

The New York Yankees really would have liked to have the Washington Nationals ace to follow Gerrit Cole in the rotation. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Scherzer, who has a no-trade clause, doesn’t have Yankee Stadium on his list for places he wants to pitch.

Joey Gallo

A few weeks ago, Joey Gallo seemed to be high on the list of Yankees trade targets. However, the heat on that conversation seems to have cooled the closer we get to the trade deadline. Gallo would have given the Yankees a solid middle of the lineup power hitter that has been healthy all season. The Yankees have also worked with the Rangers before in obtaining Rougie Odor.

Starling Marte

Most recently, Starling Marte of the Miami Marlins seemed to be the most likely trade target to fill the centerfield gap and provide a lefty in the lineup. Also, a plus was that the Yankees work well with the head of operations for the Marlins, Derek Jeter, but just today, the Marlins traded him to the Athletics for left-hander Jesús Luzardo. He is a lousy 6.87 ERA pitcher this season. So the Yankees really must have offered next to nothing to get Marte.

Trevor Story

Yankee hitter DJ LeMahieu is trying to push the Yankees to trade with the Colorado Rockies to get Trevor Story. The big question here is if the Yankees want to absorb the remainder of the $9 million half-season rental. He is a free agent after this season. But, possibly with Marte out of the picture, they may reconsider.

Max Kepler

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Cashman talks with the Minnesota Twins about several players. The Twins are 41-55 this season, 17 games behind in the AL Central. Several of the players that are being talked about are lefty outfielder Max Kepler. Kepler, in 62 games, has 12 home runs and a .217 batting average. In addition, Kepler has a good arm, is a good defender, and can play any outfield position well. The Yankees are also looking at Twins pitchers Jose Berrios and ex-Yankee Michael Pineda.

Kris Byant

The Chicago Cubs also has an outfielder that the Yankees may be interested in. Kris Bryant a 29-year old that can also play third base. He is a righty that is in the last year of his contract. His relationship with the Cubs has soured after losing a grievance and will likely not return to the Cubs.

Whit Merrifield blockbuster

This wild blockbuster trade will most likely not happen, but it makes sense for both teams. The Yankees acquire Whit Merrifield, former Red sox Andrew Benintendi and pitcher Josh Staumont from the Royals. The New York Yankees give up Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, and Michael King. Whitfield can play centerfield and in the infield. Benintendi would add a great left-hand bat to the lineup. Also, pitcher Josh Staumont is a better fit for Yankee Stadium the King is. The Kansas City Royals would really like to have Torres, and sweetening the deal with King and Andujar could make this deal done.

Kansas City sits at the bottom of the AL Central. At this point, the loss of Torres would not be a huge blow to the Yankees; Gold Glove like Gio Urshela has already proven he can play at short. Whit Merrifield is versatile and has great speed. He has also been one of the most productive players in the past few years. He seldom strikes out and hits for contact, very LeMahieu-like. Benintendi not only will add power to the Yankees lineup, but he can be a starter in left field.

Asher Wojciechowski

Along with Cessa and Wilson, the Yankees lost another pitcher. New York Yankees sent RHP Asher Wojciechowski outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Wojo instead opted for free agency.

New York Giants: Will Hernandez lost 20 pounds this offseason, ready to bounce back this year

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The New York Giants have officially kicked off training camp for the 2021 NFL season. There are many intriguing storylines for the Giants entering this year. The team’s biggest question mark: the offensive line. We could see a camp battle for a starting offensive guard position this year. Entering his fourth season, guard Will Hernandez is looking to answer that question mark with an exclamation point and win this camp battle.

The Giants had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season. In 2020, according to ESPN, the Giants’ pass-block win rate ranked dead-last in the NFL at 46%. Their run-block win rate ranked 18th at 70%, which is about average or slightly below. Left guard Will Hernandez really struggled in his third career season, starting the first eight games of the year at left guard before contracting COVID-19 and ultimately losing his starting job to rookie Shane Lemieux.

Will Hernandez was really struggling as the starting guard in the first half of the season. He posted a 50.9 pass-blocking grade in 2020 per Pro Football Focus. Hernandez allowed 25 total pressures and 1 sack on only 312 opportunities (allowing pressure on 8.01% of those opportunities).

Will Hernandez’s 2021 weight loss and training

As training camp kicks off for the Giants, Will Hernandez showed up looking noticeably different. When asked about his training this offseason, Hernandez proudly told the media that he had lost 20 pounds this offseason (yes, TWENTY POUNDS). Hernandez explained that this offseason’s training regimen featured “a lot more intensity, a lot more conditioning” as he prepares to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season.

Hernandez explained that he did “a lot of things differently this year, ate different, worked out different.” But he is still just “training for football,” now preparing to compete on the other side of the offensive line.

Will Hernandez started the first three seasons of his career at left guard. This year, Shane Lemieux is expected to start at left guard, so Hernandez has been training to compete at right guard this season. Will Hernandez spent much of the 2021 offseason training with offensive line trainer Duke Manyweather. According to Manyweather on Twitter, Hernandez played much of the 2020 season injured while also dealing with COVID-related side effects. There are many reasons to believe that Will Hernandez will bounce back in a major way this season.

Will Hernandez, now a healthier, slimmer, and more physically fit player, is ready to make the switch to the right side of the line. He told reporters today that switching sides is not as difficult as some think, it is just a matter of comfort (Patricia Traina).

The New York Giants are expecting big things from Will Hernandez this season. He faced a lot of adversity in 2020, but seems primed for a bounce back 2021 season. Will Hernandez has trained tirelessly this offseason and looks ready to win the New York Giants’ starting right guard position.

Knicks open NBA Summer League against Raptors

The New York Knicks will showcase their young core in the 16th MGM Resorts NBA Summer League set to tip-off on August 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NBA announced Wednesday that all of the 75 NBA Summer League games would air live on television on ESPN networks or NBA TV. Every game will also be available to stream on the ESPN App.

Barring any trades, the Knicks’ Summer League core will feature Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, Kevin Knox, and newly-signed guard Luca Vildoza from Argentina and their draft picks. RJ Barrett could join them unless the Knicks hold him back to avoid injury. Former Kentucky big man Reid Travis, who went undrafted in 2019, will join the squad. Other free agents trying out for training camp spots will round up the team.

It will be the first NBA Summer League for Quickley and Toppin, as the league didn’t hold one last year due to the pandemic.

There is a big chance Vildoza can make it back to Las Vegas in time for the opening tip against the Toronto Raptors on August 8, as Argentina is in limbo in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Argentina lost its Olympics opener to Luka Doncic and Slovenia, 1118-110, where Vildoza scattered 11 points on 3-of-8 field goals, five assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 23 minutes of play.

As it stands, Argentina must win its next two games against Spain and host Japan to advance to the quarterfinals. If the Argentinians split their remaining two games, they have to end up as the top two third-place finishers among all groups. The quarterfinals will be played on August 3, followed by the semifinals two days later and medal matches on August 7.

Here’s the Knicks’ NBA Summer League broadcast schedule (all in Eastern Time):

Aug. 8 vs. Raptors 4:30 pm ESPN2

Aug. 11 vs. Lakers 10 pm ESPN2

Aug. 13 vs. Pistons 8 pm NBA TV

Aug. 14 vs. Cavs 8 pm NBA TV

Should the Knicks advance, they will play at least an additional game in the knockout-style playoffs on August 16. The NBA Summer League Finals will be played on August 17.

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Are the New York Yankees targeting Kyle Schwarber?

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We are just a couple of days away from the trade deadline and the New York Yankees are making moves. Last night, The Bombers sent a clear signal that they plan on buying at the trade deadline this year.

The Yankees traded away Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds. By trading Cessa and Wilson to the Reds, the Yankees freed up two roster spots and they freed up a little salary space.

It is being widely reported that Brian Cashman is engaged on a number of fronts. However, the Yankees seem to be maintaining that they will not deal the best prospects in their system at the deadline this year.

So forget your dreams of the Yankees potentially acquiring a Trea Turner. Instead, a lot of rental options are in play. Trevor Story has been linked to the Yankees for weeks and Jon Heyman reported that Cashman has made an offer to the Rockies.

Now, that offer was said to be weak and uninteresting to Colorado. However, it shows that Cashman is interested. There’s also been talks of Starling Marte, Max Kepler, and Joey Gallo.

Gallo and Kepler appear less likely to me at the moment because of the prospect premium that it would cost the Yankees. However, there’s a new name that’s generating interest on the market and it’s a name that Brian Cashman knows well.

Will the Yankees finally get their guy?

The Washington Nationals are in full sell-mode at the moment. It’s been reported that nobody outside of Juan Soto is untouchable for the Nats. Max Scherzer is expected to be dealt as soon as today.

Trea Turner could be on the block and despite nursing a hamstring injury, Kyle Schwarber is generating trade interest. Schwarber so far this season is hitting .253 with an OBP of .340. Not too mention the fact that he’s slugged 25 home runs and drove in 53 runs.

Schwarber swings it from the left-side which has been a monumental weakness for the Yankees. If the Yankees were to go out and acquire Schwarber, he would instantly be the team leader in both home runs and RBIs.

Schwarber is signed through this season with a mutual option and a buy-out after this season. Brian Cashman has always loved Kyle Schwarber. When the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in 2016, Schwarber was the guy they wanted.

However, they settled for Gleyber Torres in the end. Over the years, the Yankees have tried on numerous occasions to get Schwarber and it never worked out. Perhaps, this year could be the year.

Again, because of the injury, the interest is not known, but I guarantee the Yankees are interested. Schwarber could play in the outfield and he would give them the help they need from the left side of the plate. This is a name I would definitely watch between now and the deadline.