Yankees could target potential batting champion at the trade deadline

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Despite a recent upswing in performance by Gleyber Torres, the Yankees are exploring options to secure a long-term, cost-effective solution for their infield. With Torres likely exiting in free agency after the season, General Manager Brian Cashman is positioned to make a strategic move if the right opportunity presents itself.

Potential Trade Target: Luis Rengifo of the Los Angeles Angels

Luis Rengifo, a standout player with the Los Angeles Angels, has emerged as a hot commodity in the trade market. As the deadline approaches, ESPN has noted Rengifo’s impressive performance and linked him to the Yankees, making the potential batting champion a possible candidate with a current average of .317.

In addition to his strong on-base percentage (.362) and slugging rate (.449), Rengifo has contributed six homers and 24 RBIs, along with a great 130 wRC+. His consistent performance over the past seasons, coupled with a career year, makes him a valuable asset that the Angels will likely seek a significant return for.

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Comparing Rengifo and Torres

While Torres has shown signs of improvement, his current batting average of .226 and OBP of .300 highlight the potential benefits of acquiring Rengifo, who not only excels at second base with a .972 fielding percentage but also brings versatility with 313 innings at third base this year. Despite not being known as a standout defender, Rengifo’s average defensive skills combined with his offensive output could provide the balance the Yankees need.

Rengifo’s Impact on a Contending Yankees Team

The transition from a struggling Angels team to the high-powered Yankees lineup could unlock further potential for Rengifo, especially given his excellent performance with runners in scoring position this season (.302/.333/.535 with a .868 OPS). His high rankings in expected batting average and low strikeout rate would make him an ideal candidate for the lead-off spot in New York.

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Yankees’ Infield Struggles and Trade Considerations

With Anthony Volpe’s recent dip in performance, the Yankees face additional lineup challenges. Volpe’s numbers have fallen to .261/.315/.389, signaling potential adjustments in the batting order and the search for a new lead-off hitter as DJ LeMahieu also struggles. A potential trade for Rengifo might involve prospects such as Will Warren, reflecting the Yankees’ willingness to exchange young talent for a player who could significantly impact their playoff chances.

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