New York Yankees ‘guaranteed’ a top pitcher before July 31 trade deadline

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

The New York Yankees are by no means a team starving for wins, as they currently hold the best record in baseball at 64-34. However, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use the pitching support as their starting rotation struggles to maintain its shape due to injuries and the like.

Luis Severino is still working his way back, James Paxton is clearly ailing after being shelled against the Rockies over the weekend, and there’s no doubt more knacks will arise as the season continues.

Jim Bowden reported for The Athletic that the Yankees are ‘guaranteed’ to trade for one of the following prior to the July 31 trade deadline: Trevor Bauer, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Mike Minor, Matthew Boyd or Madison Bumgarner.

Stroman has been a frequent flyer on the rumor mill for the Yanks, and his performance this year has made him a solid target if GM Brian Cashman is willing to deal. It’s expected that the Toronto Blue Jays will want a decent haul for their best pitcher currently.

“The two starters who are most likely to be traded at this point appear to be the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman and Rangers southpaw Mike Minor,” Bowden wrote (paywall).

“The Yankees, Twins, Astros, Phillies, Athletics and Brewers have all at least inquired on both of them. Matthew Boyd of the Tigers is also available, but the asking price is astronomical – though of course, that could change in the next nine days.”

With two essential starters either on the injured list or struggling, it’s imperative the Bombers bring in another capable starter to supplement their deficiencies.

Here’s how each New York Yankees target has performed so far in 2019:

Marcus Stroman - Toronto Blue Jays (28 years old)
20 G, W-L: 6-10, 3.06 ERA, 117.2 IP, 93 K/34 BB, 1.249 WHIP, 0.8 HR/9

Trevor Bauer - Cleveland Indians (28 years old)
22 G, W-L: 9-7, 3.67 ERA, 144.2 IP, 170 K/56 BB, 1.182 WHIP, 1.4 HR/9

Madison Bumgarner - San Francisco Giants (29 years old)
21 G, W-L: 5-7, 3.65 ERA, 125.2 IP, 127 K/26 BB, 1.178 WHIP, 1.2 HR/9

Mike Minor - Texas Rangers (31 years old)
20 G, W-L: 8-5, 2.86 ERA, 129.0 IP, 131 K/45 BB, 1.163 WHIP, 1.2 HR/9

Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets (26 years old)
19 G, W-L: 7-4, 4.36 ERA, 119.2 IP, 118 K/31 BB, 1.228 WHIP, 1.1 HR/9

Matthew Boyd - Detroit Tigers (28 years old)
20 G, W-L: 6-8, 4.13 ERA, 120.0 IP, 160 K/24 BB, 1.133 WHIP, 1.6 HR/9

No matter who the Yankees elect to trade for, all of these options are solid and can immediately leave their mark on the season. They will help exponentially once playoff time rolls around.


New York Yankee should go after Tigers’ starting pitcher Matthew Boyd

Should the New York Yankees pursue Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd in a potential trade?

One player that hasn’t made the rounds in the New York Yankees daily trade rumor-mill is Detroit Tigers’, Matthew Boyd. The right-handed pitcher would be a stellar addition to the Bombers’ currently weak starting rotation.

With Luis Severino expected to be out until August at the earliest, Domingo German fighting through an injury, and James Paxton/CC Sabathia both struggling with inflammation, finding a way to supplement the lack of talent currently available is a must.

The New York Yankees could stay put:

It’s very possible GM Brian Cashman elects to wait out the injury bug and utilize a multi-man rotation on a game-by-game basis, something that seems to be working for the Yankees and their run-supportive lineup.

However, Boyd offers immediate value, but wouldn’t come at a cheap price-point. The 28-year-old is under contract until 2023, which gives the Yankees plenty of value if they elect to pursue him in a trade.

This year, so far, he’s 5-5 with a 3.61 ERA over 16 starts. Boyd is essentially a strikeout machine, earning 118Ks up to this point. As he’s seemingly entering his prime, the Bombers would be getting great value from the young starter – a player that can help them in future years as well.

I would expect outfielder Clint Frazier to be a part of this deal, as his offensive production and immense potential could be the catalyst. The Yankees would prefer to hold on to him, but he’s too valuable to not offer in a deal that would help the Yanks achieve a potential World Series win.

With the trade deadline being July 31, Cashman has plenty of time to continue searching for a player that will satisfy their needs at the right price. Boyd would be a solid option that could pay dividends.