It is very likely that the New York Yankees will be making a move by July 31st to acquire a starting pitcher. Rumors have been swirling around, but the only pitcher the Yankees could possibly get is Marcus Stroman.
On Friday against the Detroit Tigers, Marcus Stroman had another good outing, showcasing his talents. Yes, the Tigers are the worst team in baseball, but Stroman blanked them over seven innings, allowing six hits and punching out five.
He threw 101 pitches, and he averages about 100 pitches an outing.
If the Yankees got him, they wouldn’t need him to do nearly as much. All they would need is six solid innings, and he could get away with making a few bad pitches and giving up a few runs. With him being on a team like Toronto, there becomes more pressure on your pitcher to pitch well.
Stroman now has an ERA of 3.06 on the season.
Why not other guys?
There has also been interest surrounding guys like Madison Bumgarner, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Minor.
It seems that Bumgarner and Bauer may be off the table for any trades, period. Both the Giants and the Indians are playing better baseball of late, and could be in contention for a wild card spot So, those two teams wouldn’t be selling at the deadline, they would try to buy.
The Rangers are also in position for a possible wild card spot, but are more open to trades. Minor has struggled in July, so maybe the Yankees should put Minor on the back-burner.
There is only one pitcher that the Yankees have a shot at acquiring, and it’s Marcus Stroman. Other teams just aren’t in the right position to sell at the trade deadline.