Is a Yankees blockbuster trade imminent? Top prospects pulled mid-game as rumors heat up

Daniel Cunningham
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Jul 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; American League Futures shortstop Anthony Volpe (7) and American League Futures center fielder Jasson Dominguez (12) are introduced for the All Star-Futures Game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of rumors surrounding the New York Yankees and the upcoming trade deadline. In the last couple of days we’ve learned that the Bombers are “serious contenders” for outfielder Andrew Benintendi and we’ve learned that they’ve reached out regarding Juan Soto. 

The Yankees have also been discussing star pitcher Luis Castillo with the Reds. There are some big names on the block that would definitely help the Yankees in their pursuit of a 28th World Series and New York is interested in making a deal.

While there’s been a lot of speculation, thus far nothing has really materialized. However, something happened today that really lit up the rumor mill and fans have been going crazy trying to figure out what’s been going on.

Earlier today in the middle of their game with Hudson Valley, top prospects Jasson Dominguez and Trey Sweeney were pulled. Worth noting that Sweeney was due up with the team trailing 12-8 and he was going for the cycle in his next at-bat.

In addition to those two being pulled, Triple A catcher Josh Breaux was scratched from his start tonight. Of course, there could be reasons for all of this. Sweeney and Dominguez were playing in serious heat while Ben Rortvedt is starting over Josh Breaux and that could be nothing but a rehab start.

Is a Yankees trade imminent?

Ever since the news broke that Breaux was scratched while Dominguez and Sweeney were pulled, nothing has happened. There hasn’t been a peep in terms of news or reports since all of this happened.

Could the Yankees be working overtime behind the scenes to get something done? It’s quite possible. Is this all one big coincidence? That’s also possible. As mentioned, Dominguez and Sweeney were playing in high heat today and might’ve been pulled due to exhaustion.

Perhaps Breaux was scratched just to give Rortvedt some time and give Breaux a rest. That is all certainly plausible. However, with how active the Yankees are behind the scenes on the trade market, it just seems like something more could be there.

I fully expect New York to make a big move before the deadline. What that deal is remains to be seen, but perhaps that deal is closer than we think.