New York Yankees still in on Trevor Story even after acquiring Joey Gallo

Yesterday, Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees finally did what the fans were begging for. They went out and made a big splash on the trade market. The Yankees agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers to acquire lefty slugger Joey Gallo.

The deal is still being finalized and has not been announced yet by either club. However, at this point, the only thing that’s being reviewed is medicals. The Yankees will get Gallo and reliever Joely Rodriguez for four prospects.

Mark Feinsand reported this morning that the Rangers will be paying most of Gallo’s remaining Salary. That gives the Yankees a little wiggle room to go out and make another deal before the deadline which they are planning on doing.

Most reporters were vocal about the fact that the Yankees were not done after acquiring Gallo. He was the big one in terms of the deals they wanted to get done, but the Yankees are still looking to upgrade the team.

Brian Cashman has apparently realized the drastic need to shakeup the club. The Yankees finally have a little momentum and it’s feeling good in Yankee Land right now. While I figured they would focus on pitching, they are apparently still in on a Colorado shortstop.

Yankees still going after Story?

Jon Heyman reported this morning that even after acquiring Joey Gallo, the bombers are still interested in bringing in Trevor Story. While Gallo is controlled through next season, Story will be a free agent after the season.

It’s worth noting that in the Gallo deal, the team didn’t give up a single top ten prospect to make the deal happen. With the Rangers paying most of Gallo’s salary, the Yankees have financial room and still have the best prospects in their system.

Those two things gives the bombers a ton of flexibility in terms of what they want to do next. I’m a bit surprised to hear that they’re still in on Story. It appears that the Yankees are on the warpath and are looking at all options to improve the club.

I was told yesterday and it was also reported that that Giants are serious players for Story. My hunch is that he ends up there, but the Yankees do like him and see him as a big improvement for the infield.

While the Yankees already completed a big deal, they are far from done. This should be a really fun winddown to the 2021 trade deadline.

Sound Off: Do you want the Yankees to get Trevor Story or should they focus on pitching?

New York Yankees: Yankee trade targets are quickly evaporating

Could the New York Yankees pursue Max Scherzer in a trade?

The New York Yankees have made many inquiries ahead of the July 30, 4 pm deadline. So far, they have only brought right-hand pitcher Clay Holmes to the Yankees. So far, they have a net loss to the team struggling to hold on to a wild card slot. The Yankees had to deal shortstop Diego Castillo and Shortstop Hoy Park to Pirates for Holmes. So they have pretty well cleaned out their shortstop prospects for a not very good pitcher.

In a puzzling move, the New York Yankee front office announced that they had traded long-time long-haul reliever Luis Cessa to the Cincinnati Reds at the end of last night’s game. Also included in the trade was Justin Wilson, and they got back nothing except a player to be named later.

Cessa has been the go-to long reliever for the last two New York Yankee managers. In his eleven seasons, he has a 55-54 record and an ERA of 3.74, which is very good for a reliever that usually enters the game with runners on base and has to give the team several innings of long relief.

This season has been his best with the Yankees. The 29-year-old is inducing ground balls at a massive 56.8% clip this year. Statcast shows he’s been among the top twenty percent of pitchers in suppressing opponents’ average exit velocity, hard contact, and barrels. In 38 1/3 innings, this season he has earned a career-best 2.82 ERA.

The only explanation I can come up with to get rid of Cessa involves Justin Wilson, who has not pitched well for the Yankees; he has an ERA of 7.50 in 18 innings of work and a contract that costs the Yankees close to $3 million. This amounts to a Yankees salary dump; unfortunately, the Yankees lose Cessa in the deal. Yankee fans can only hope that the salary dump brings something good to the team later this week. It must have been quite a shock to Cessa, who has spent his last six years in the majors with the New York Yankees.

Max Scherzer

The New York Yankees really would have liked to have the Washington Nationals ace to follow Gerrit Cole in the rotation. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Scherzer, who has a no-trade clause, doesn’t have Yankee Stadium on his list for places he wants to pitch.

Joey Gallo

A few weeks ago, Joey Gallo seemed to be high on the list of Yankees trade targets. However, the heat on that conversation seems to have cooled the closer we get to the trade deadline. Gallo would have given the Yankees a solid middle of the lineup power hitter that has been healthy all season. The Yankees have also worked with the Rangers before in obtaining Rougie Odor.

Starling Marte

Most recently, Starling Marte of the Miami Marlins seemed to be the most likely trade target to fill the centerfield gap and provide a lefty in the lineup. Also, a plus was that the Yankees work well with the head of operations for the Marlins, Derek Jeter, but just today, the Marlins traded him to the Athletics for left-hander Jesús Luzardo. He is a lousy 6.87 ERA pitcher this season. So the Yankees really must have offered next to nothing to get Marte.

Trevor Story

Yankee hitter DJ LeMahieu is trying to push the Yankees to trade with the Colorado Rockies to get Trevor Story. The big question here is if the Yankees want to absorb the remainder of the $9 million half-season rental. He is a free agent after this season. But, possibly with Marte out of the picture, they may reconsider.

Max Kepler

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported that Cashman talks with the Minnesota Twins about several players. The Twins are 41-55 this season, 17 games behind in the AL Central. Several of the players that are being talked about are lefty outfielder Max Kepler. Kepler, in 62 games, has 12 home runs and a .217 batting average. In addition, Kepler has a good arm, is a good defender, and can play any outfield position well. The Yankees are also looking at Twins pitchers Jose Berrios and ex-Yankee Michael Pineda.

Kris Byant

The Chicago Cubs also has an outfielder that the Yankees may be interested in. Kris Bryant a 29-year old that can also play third base. He is a righty that is in the last year of his contract. His relationship with the Cubs has soured after losing a grievance and will likely not return to the Cubs.

Whit Merrifield blockbuster

This wild blockbuster trade will most likely not happen, but it makes sense for both teams. The Yankees acquire Whit Merrifield, former Red sox Andrew Benintendi and pitcher Josh Staumont from the Royals. The New York Yankees give up Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, and Michael King. Whitfield can play centerfield and in the infield. Benintendi would add a great left-hand bat to the lineup. Also, pitcher Josh Staumont is a better fit for Yankee Stadium the King is. The Kansas City Royals would really like to have Torres, and sweetening the deal with King and Andujar could make this deal done.

Kansas City sits at the bottom of the AL Central. At this point, the loss of Torres would not be a huge blow to the Yankees; Gold Glove like Gio Urshela has already proven he can play at short. Whit Merrifield is versatile and has great speed. He has also been one of the most productive players in the past few years. He seldom strikes out and hits for contact, very LeMahieu-like. Benintendi not only will add power to the Yankees lineup, but he can be a starter in left field.

Asher Wojciechowski

Along with Cessa and Wilson, the Yankees lost another pitcher. New York Yankees sent RHP Asher Wojciechowski outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Wojo instead opted for free agency.

Report: Yankees making push to land Rockies star shortstop

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The New York Yankees already made a trade today, sending minor leaguers Hoy Park and Diego Castillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Clay Holmes. However, the team needs go well beyond a bullpen arm.

The Yankees need at least a top bat or two, and there are plenty available prior to the trade deadline: Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, and perhaps Max Kepler, a left-handed outfielder who plays for the rebuilding Minnesota Twins.

However, at this point in time, the Yankees’ preferred target may be a former All-Star shortstop who, at 28, is still in his prime: Trevor Story. The soon-to-be free agent can reportedly be had via trade, as he hasn’t given any indications he wants to sign a long-term commitment to stay with the Colorado Rockies.

MLB Network’s insider Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees have already made an offer to the Rockies for Story’s services.

The Yankees already made an offer

“Yankees made a trade offer for Trevor Story. No evidence of any traction there at this point. Rockies haven’t definitively decided to trade him, though it would seem there’s a good chance they do.”

For the sake of their franchise, expect Colorado to move Story before the July 30 deadline. The shortstop will have plenty of suitors, however, and the Yankees will have plenty of competition if they want to land him.

“Brewers also have checked in on Trevor Story. Their Adames pickup has been the best in-season move but they seek another big bat. This would clearly qualify,” Heyman also wrote on his Twitter account.

There are several paths towards playing time for Story if he were to land on the Yankees. The most logical one has Gleyber Torres sliding over to second base and DJ LeMahieu picking up the majority of starts at first base, but there has also been talk about Story playing center field, provided he can make a smooth transition.

The talented infielder is having a somewhat disappointing season, hitting .242 with a .313 OBP and a .737 OPS. He does have 12 home runs, however, and would make for a fantastic addition to the Yankees’ struggling lineup.

 

Can the Yankees pull off a trade and bring Story to the fold?

Report: Yankees have checked in on star shortstop, could move Gleyber Torres back to 2B

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As the New York Yankees consider making a move at the trade deadline, one name that has bubbled to the surface is Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. The 28-year-old right-handed batter stands at 6’2″ and 213 pounds, and currently has two years left on his contract, totaling $27.5 million. Averaging $13.8 million per season, the star defender is struggling this season in the batter’s box (by his own standards), hitting .243 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. However, during the 2020 campaign, he hit .289 over 59 games, recording 11 homers and 28 RBIs.

There is no question he would bring a fantastic defensive element to a position that is currently a liability with Gleyber Torres featuring. While Torres has begun to hit more effectively, he has allowed 13 errors this season with a .956 fielding percentage, well below the league average of .973.

The Yankees have reportedly checked in on Story, and with big-time slugger Nelson Cruz being dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays, I wouldn’t rule out a potential deal between the Yankees and Rockies.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees have checked in on Trevor Story as a potential trade target:

The Yankees are among the teams that have checked in on Trevor Story. Presumably, if they followed through, they’d move Gleyber Torres back to second base.
Reports have also indicated that the Bombers and general manager Brian Cashman are intrigued by Texas’ Joey Gallo, a player they have been keeping an eye on for quite some time. He offers more depth in the outfield and a big slugger to work with, but he primarily plays right field, where Aaron Judge resides. Solving the infield woes should be a priority, especially at the most important position, shortstop. Compared to Torres, Story has eight errors this season with a .976 fielding percentage, making him above average in the category.
The Yankees have a bit of time to spare as they seek reinforcements, and luckily, their depth players and minor-league affiliates have produced a spark with the starters struggling to remain healthy.

Should the New York Yankees try to acquire Trevor Story?

The New York Yankees picked up a massive win last night that snapped a four-game losing streak. The bombers defeated the Rays in extras when Clint Frazier walked it off with a two-run bomb to give them a 5-3 victory.

The win last night had to be a confidence boost for the Yankees who had been playing God awful. If you think of any aspect of baseball since the final week of May, the Yankees have been awful at it. Well, maybe not pitching in a couple of games.

The one area the Yankees have struggled in the most is the fundamentals. Defense, base running, making contact to move runners and manufacture runs. Maybe I’m in the minority, but it almost doesn’t feel real that the Yankees are sitting at 30-25 in third place. It feels so much worse than that.

Trouble at Short

Arguably the most disappointing player has been Gleyber Torres. The Yankees shortstop has struggled with the bat and the glove this year. Now, his glove has improved by the numbers from last season, but that’s not saying much.

Last week, Torres had a game where he had two errors in a single inning. His power at the plate has completely disappeared over the last season as he now just has five home runs in his last 88 regular season games. Between 2018 and 2019, Torres averaged 20.4 home runs over the course of 88 games.

Now, Gleyber Torres is still young with a ton of promise. The Yankees shortstop doesn’t turn 25 until December, but it still appears clear to me that Torres is not a long-term solution at shortstop. He just doesn’t seem comfortable there and it translates to the rest of his game.

Should the Yankees call the Rockies?

With Torres’ continued struggles, many have speculated whether or not the Yankees should pursue another shortstop. There just so happens to be an all-star shortstop who will be available to acquire at this year’s deadline.

That shortstop is Trevor Story. Now, Story hasn’t had a fantastic year himself and he’s recently been on the IL win an elbow injury, but despite those two things, he’s still considered to be one of the best shortstops in the game.

The Yankees have been linked to him in the past and those talks could turn up again. I love Gleyber Torres, but I don’t think anyone would argue the fact that Trevor Story would be an upgrade at shortstop.

Story is a free agent at the end of the year. There’s no guarantee that the Yankees would resign him if they go out and acquire him. Would that scare them away from a potential deal? Well, it’s certainly a hurdle.

Another thing standing in the way would be the asking price. Considering the current state of the infield, the Yankees might have to offer Gleyber Torres to get the deal done. Jeff Passan alluded to this on ESPN recently. 

Would Brian Cashman give up on Gleyber Torres to acquire Trevor Story? I personally think he wouldn’t, but maybe he should. The next month will tell us a lot, but if Torres continues to struggle in the field and with power, don’t be shocked to see Story linked to the bombers more and more.

Yankees hypothetical trade proposal for star SS Trevor Story will blow your mind

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The New York Yankees have an issue at shortstop with Gleyber Torres, primarily revolving around his defense. A 24-year-old, the Venezuelan has earned two All-Star appearances in four years and could push for a third in 2021, but his defense needs to improve if he wants to reach that accomplishment.

So far this year, Torres is hitting .219 with seven hits, but the sample size is too small to even consider. Defensively, though, he played 40 games at shortstop in 2020, earning a .933 fielding percentage, well below the .973 league average. This year, he’s settled in even below his 2020 number at .929.

Unfortunately, his inability to make routine throws has plagued his defensive development. Whether it be arm strength or inaccuracy, these issues aren’t being alleviated over time, as general manager Brian Cashman even indicated he is a better second baseman. However, the Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu to a long-term extension to play 2B, Torres’ natural position.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post believes the Yankees should call the Rockies and inquire about Trevor Story’s availability:

But I think the Yankees should call the Rockies today and offer Gleyber Torres for Trevor Story, because Torres’ defensive deficiencies at shortstop are not from a small sample size.

Of course, the idea of adding Story is fantastic, as the 28-year-old is one of the best shortstops in baseball. Having also made two All-Star appearances, Story is capable of being an elite player, historically averaging double-digit home runs per season. In 2019, Story logged 35 homers but saw that number dip to just 11 last year, still showing prowess in the category. He finished 11th in MVP voting, earning a .961 fielding percentage.

The primary issue with this hypothetical trade is that parting ways with Gleyber Torres would be silly. The team has control over Torres until 2024, and Story is projected to hit the free agency market after this current season. Not only would you be giving away a player with star potential, if not an already established one, with three years left of control and protection, but you’d only be gaining Trevor for the rest of the season and no guarantee of retention.

The Yankees are better off sitting still, for now, playing out the current season with what they have available and signing Story in free agency. They could even consider moving LeMahieu to first base, Torres back to second, and Story cemented at shortstop. This would allow them to utilize the value of Luke Voit and potentially trade for pitching.

Report: Yankees blockbuster trade would bring star SS Trevor Story to the Bronx

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The New York Yankees have a big decision to make regarding Gleyber Torres and his future at shortstop. As we know, he’s a deficient fielder with above-average offensive capabilities. General manager Brian Cashman has already confirmed that he is a better second baseman, but they are sticking with him for the 2021 season at SS, hoping that he can develop and become their starter for the future.

However, the free-agent market for shortstops next season is flush with talent, but one reporter believes are the Yankees, and Colorado Rockies could strike a deal for a bonafide star.

The Athletic’s Jim Bowden proposed a deal between the Yankees and Rockies, suggesting that star SS Trevor Story could be their next big-time infielder.

Yankees acquire: SS Trevor Story, RHP Germán Márquez, RHP Daniel Bard

Rockies acquire: RHP Deivi García, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, 3B Gio Urshela, INF Miguel Andújar

Bowden’s perspective:

Of course, a deal of this magnitude is going to be painful for the Yankees because they would have to give up significant players to get this type of package. They aren’t going to include top outfield prospect Jasson Dominguez in any deal (and they shouldn’t), but in this case, they would have to part with top pitching prospect Deivi García, which would not be easy, but he has to be the headliner going to the Rockies if this trade is going to happen. … For the Yankees, this trade would dramatically improve their chances of a world championship in 2021.

Story is undoubtedly a phenomenal player, hitting .289 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs last season. In 2019, he hit .294 with 35 homers and 85 RBIs, striking out 26.5% and walking 8.8% of his at-bats. He’s a phenomenal offensive player and an equal defender. He recorded a .961 fielding percentage last year at shortstop, logging 44 double plays and 10 hours.

At 28 years old, Story is in his prime, but giving up Deivi Garcia, Loáisiga, Urshela, and Andujar is quite the haul. Personally, I wouldn’t agree with this blockbuster trade simply because the players departing have untapped potential.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Does a Yankees trade for SS Trevor Story make sense?

First, let me say that if the New York Yankees can finally re-sign DJ LeMahieu, this story will be irrelevant because they, at that point, will not take on Trevor Story’s $18 million contract.  Should the Yankees not sign DJ, it would free up money for a tremendous upgrade at shortstop. The Yankees have had success with Colorado Rockies players in the past, particularly and most recently DJ LeMahieu.

The Colorado Rockies have made it known that they will listen for offers from both Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado. Other than Story’s large contract, he will become a free agent after the 2022 season. For the Yankees to acquire the talented shortstop, they will have to give up something they don’t want to give up. The Yankees might have to give up a Clarke Schmidt, Adam Ottavino, the most underrated prospect for the Yankees Antony Volpe, or some combination of the three. The Yankees have no use for Arenado.

The Athletic’s Jim Bowden named Volpe one of the most underrated prospects in baseball with this statement:

“Volpe can flat-out hit with a short, compact swing, loud sweet-spot contact, above-average exit velocity and the ability to hit line drives from foul pole to foul pole. He can hit high velocity, breaking balls and off-speed pitches as well as any teenager in the minor leagues. Defensively, he’s an above-average defender with plus range to both sides, soft hands, good first-step quickness and an average quick-release arm from the hole. He’s an above-average base runner and has a chance to be the next long-term shortstop for the Yankees. He could also end up being a top prospect included in a blockbuster trade for a star player like Trevor Story or Nolan Arenado if the Yankees decide to go that route.”

So why would the Yankees want to make this trade? It’s pretty simple, without LeMahieu, the Yankees will need a second baseman, and Tyler Wade or Thairo Estrada just won’t cut it and would be a tremendous downgrade from DJ. The obvious answer is to move Gleyber Torres to his natural position at second base, leaving a hole at short. Trevor Story could fill that position with excellent defense and with a hot bat. The New York Mets just upgraded their shortstop with Francisco Lindor; many compare Story to Lindor, who is generally regarded as the best shortstop in baseball.

Trevor Story is one of the few players that had an excellent campaign during the 2020 shortened season. He hit 11 home runs and had a batting average of .289 in 59 games played. Story also would not have to be an injury concern for the Yankees as he has played in at least 145 games per season in his last four seasons. So the Yankees would get a Silver Slugger player that stays on the field, hits for contact and power while providing All-Star quality defense at shortstop.

As I said, the New York Yankees won’t make this trade if they sign LeMahieu, but if they can’t, this is one trade they should at least kick the tires on.

 

Could the New York Yankees pivot from DJ LeMahieu to Trevor Story?

The New York Yankees have been very transparent about what their top priority is this offseason. Their top priority is resigning their MVP candidate, DJ LeMahieu. However, resigning him is proving to be harder than expected.

A few weeks ago, we reported that the Yankees and LeMahieu were making progress on a deal. Jack Curry has since reported that the parameters that we laid out in the article is what he believes the final deal will be.

A four year deal for LeMahieu to return to the Yankees with a option for a fifth year. However, LeMahieu’s camp is adamant about getting a fifth year guaranteed. As of now, the Yankees are not comfortable doing that.

This is becoming a staring contest with both sides waiting for the other to blink. Both sides seemingly want a reunion, however, they are not willing to give in just yet. With things dragging on, other teams are growing more optimistic about their chances.

The Blue Jays are seen as real contenders to take LeMahieu away from the Yankees. With no guarantees, the bombers are likely exploring options outside of LeMahieu. They would be stupid not to. A real possibility lies within the same organization that LeMahieu came from.

The Yankees and Rockies Megadeal?

MLB.com’s Matt Kelly posted an interesting article yesterday regarding trade deals that could ignite the Hot Stove. One of those deals that he mentioned involved the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies.

The proposed deal would send Clarke Schmidt and Adam Ottavino to Colorado for All-Star shortstop, Trevor Story. Story is entering his final season before free agency, and by all accounts, the Rockies would love to keep him.

However, if they get the sense that he might walk, they will look at dealing him when they can get the highest return. That’s where the New York Yankees could enter the picture. However, the trade price above might be too steep for the bombers to pay for Story.

As mentioned, the bombers are currently trying to resign LeMahieu to play second base. Gleyber Torres would stay at shortstop if they resign DJ, but even Brian Cashman has said that Torres is better at second base.

The longer the negotiations with LeMahieu go, the Yankees might seriously look at the shortstops that could be available. If they pulled off a deal for Story, they could move Torres back to his best position, second base.

By all accounts, Cashman and the front office will continue their full-court press on LeMahieu. Just keep in mind that the longer this situation goes, the lower the odds will get. We might be hearing the Yankees mentioned with available shortstops more and more.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: The Colorado Rockies Trevor Story could move Torres to 2nd base (video)

At this point, it doesn’t appear the New York Yankees are going to be spending much money to improve the team. Their main priority is re-signing DJ LeMahieu, but at the moment are still relatively far off in accomplishing that. It has been reported that the Yankees are one year shy and $25 million short of what LeMahieu wants to remain with the Yankees. Much of what the Yankees do this offseason will depend upon that deal. For a short audio version of this article, click the audio at the bottom of the page.

The Yankees are likely holding off on other offseason moves until they see if they can re-sign LeMahieu. With the Yankees not likely to spend much money after huge losses last year and an unclear picture of what the 2021 season will look like, that does not preclude them for several trades to improve the team. There have been many rumors out there that made no sense. For instance, many say the Yankees should trade for Josh Bell, a first baseman that the Yankees just do not need.

One intriguing move to think about is if the New York Yankees didn’t sign DJ, leaving the second base unmanned. A second notion could very easily solve that void, that is, to move Gleyber Torres back to his natural playing position, where he is considerably better defensively than at shortstop. If they do that, Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies could be a great fit. Story is a better shortstop than Torres, and the Yankees have successfully gotten players from the Rockies before, think DJ LeMahieu.

The Colorado Rockies have let it be known that they are at least thinking bout making Story available. Story could fit the Yankee’s bill as it wouldn’t break the bank, and the Yankees might get away with trading low-value units for him.  Likely, trade could include Miguel Andujar as the lead value. The Yankees don’t have a need for Andujar, and possibly a change in scenery could develop him into the star the Yankees always thought he would be.

Although Andujar would headline that trade, it would also have to include more. Possibly the addition of Clarke Schmidt could make it a great deal for the Rockies. It is likely for the Yankees that they wouldn’t cry losing Andujar, but Schmidt would be a hard loss to take. However, any good and successful trade usually involves some pain for both parties in the trade. Maybe a combination of Luis Gil and Yoendrys Gomez would be more palatable for the Yankees.

Trevor Story is a two-time All-Star and Silver slugger that came in eleventh in the MVP voting. The 28-year-old right-handed shortstop had an excellent season in 2020 that saw many players suffer for one reason or another. For the Rockies, he hit .289 with an OPS of .874. He has a career fielding percentage of .980 compared to Torre’s .949.

Trevor Story is one of the best shortstops in baseball. The below video shows his range.

 

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.