The New York Yankees and GM Brian Cashman are continuing their search for another starting pitcher. Even though things have seemed to be silent in that department, the club intends to add at the trade deadline.
It is obvious the Yankees have a clear need for a starting pitcher, and eyes are still pinned on Trevor Bauer from the Cleveland Indians. Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic said that the Yankees have sent one of their top scouts, Tim Naehring, to watch Bauer’s most recent outing against the Cincinnati Reds. This isn’t unusual at this time of the season, however, the Yankees would not have sent one of their top evaluators if they did not have a serious interest.
Trevor Bauer definitely one to watch for Yankees. @Ken_Rosenthal reported today that Cashmanâ€™s top evaluator Tim Naehring scouted him on final start before break
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 8, 2019
“He is a work-horse, he would fit perfectly with them (the Yankees) ” says Ken Rosenthal. “I do believe the Indians will be aggressive listeners because of [their] financial situation and the fact that they will lose him at one point as a free agent.”
Bauer has not had the same dominant season as his 2018 campaign but is still credited to a solid 3.61 ERA in 132 innings of work. Holding an 8-6 record while fanning 149, Bauer consistently goes the distance – exactly what the Yankees need.
Even though the Yankees hold a 6.5 game lead in the AL East, their pitching is nothing to brag about. Holding a 4.15 team ERA, the Bombers need to add another quality starter especially when the postseason rolls around.
Who else are the New York Yankees interested in?
Aside from looking into Bauer, the Yankees have also been reportedly interested in pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Marcus Stroman. The former would be the better option given the inconsistencies Stroman has faced in the past, but the current Blue Jay has expressed his confidence in playing for the Bombers and why New York is the perfect fit for him.
The Yankees brass seems to be torn on the two options which is why they’ve been scouting Bauer as a potential compromise.