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2020 Trade Deadline Thread

  • 4:00 p.m. EDT: Ding ding ding. Nothing for the Yankees today, unless we get a surprise late announcement like the Zack Greinke trade last year.
  • 3:40 p.m. EDT: Cashman has a few “narrowed-down” talks for relievers and position players. (Brendan Kuty)
  • 3:39 p.m. EDT: Boston makes a move. Kevin Pillar goes to the Rockies. (Mark Feinsand)
  • 3:34 p.m. EDT: Old friend alert. Milwaukee traded David Phelps to the Phillies. He reunites with another old friend, Joe Girardi. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 3:19 p.m. EDT: The Yankees aren’t optimistic about getting a deal done, though they’ve been in touch on Gausman, Bundy, and Lynn. (Heyman)
  • 2:58 p.m. EDT: Another deal: Jonathan Villar from Miami to Toronto. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 2:56 p.m. EDT: The Marlins are close to landing Marte. Take him off the Yankees’ wish list. (Craig Mish)
  • 2:22 p.m. EDT: The Diamondbacks appear likely to move OF Starling Marte for the best deal they can get by 4 p.m. The team does not intend to pick up his 2021 option, so a trade will have to do. (Joel Sherman)
  • 2:07 p.m. EDT: Texas “would love” to get Deivi García for Lynn. Duh. (T.R. Sullivan)
  • 1:52 p.m. EDT: The Blue Jays have acquired LHP Robbie Ray from Arizona. He’s been awful this year, but has been connected to the Yankees in the past. (Rob Longley)
  • 1:41 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have checked in on RHP Kevin Gausman. (Heyman)
  • 1:05 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have been in touch with the Rangers over the last 48 hours regarding Lynn. (Jon Morosi)
  • 12:40 p.m. EDT: The Rangers could be motivated to trade RHP Lance Lynn. The team may regret not dealing Minor last year, so they don’t want to make that mistake with Lynn while his value is high. (Joel Sherman)
  • 12:31 p.m. EDT: Another trade: LHP Mike Minor from the Rangers to the A’s for two players to be named later. Mark another pitcher off the board who could have fit the Yankees. (Jeff Passan)
  • 12:25 p.m. EDT: Radio silence in terms of Yankees-related rumors at this point. As per Martino’s report linked below, it sure seems possible that the Yankees don’t make any moves.
  • 11:15 a.m. EDT: Clevinger is off to San Diego. Cross one target off the Yankees’ list. (Robert Murray)
  • 10:25 a.m. EDT: The prices are too high for the Yankees at the moment. They’re not anywhere close on RHP Mike Clevinger or RHP Lance Lynn. It’s also not clear if San Francisco will move RHP Kevin Gausman. (Andy Martino)

T-minus six hours until the 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline. A number of trades went down yesterday — none of them involving the Yankees — and a few more are sure to occur today. We’ll update this post for any deals made and rumors involving the Yankees throughout the day. Here are the latest Yankees-related rumors:

  • The Yankees have talked to the Brewers about LHP Josh Hader, but there’s “no traction” there. They’ve also checked in on RHP Mike Clevinger. (Jon Heyman)
  • CF Starling Marte is on the Yankees’ radar. (Joel Sherman)
  • A deal for Marte could be expanded to include LHP Robbie Ray and/or RHP Archie Bradley. (Heyman)
  • The Yanks are reluctant to add any more salary via trade, which could make a Marte (or any other trade) complicated. (Ken Rosenthal)

To get you up to speed on official transactions, here are the moves from yesterday:

  • Boston traded 1B Mitch Moreland to San Diego for prospects 3B Hudson Potts and CF Jeisson Rosario.
  • Tampa Bay dealt DH José Martínez to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
  • Baltimore sent RHP Mychal Givens to Colorado in return for minor leaguers 1B/3B Tyler Nevin, SS Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later.
  • The Angels moved C Jason Castro to San Diego for RHP Gerardo Reyes.
  • Seattle swapped UTIL Austin Nola, RHP Austin Adams, and RHP Dan Altavilla to San Diego for IF Ty France, C Luis Torrens, RHP Andres Munoz, and top OF prospect Taylor Trammell.
  • Baltimore dealt LHP Tommy Milone to Atlanta for a player to be named later.

Yankees trade Stephen Tarpley to Marlins

It didn’t take long for the Yankees to find a taker for left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley. Just a few days after the team designated Tarpley for assignment in order to make room for Brett Gardner, Tarpley is off to the Marlins.

Tarpley, 26, was originally acquired from the Pirates in the Iván Nova back in 2016. He made his big league debut for the Yankees in 2018 and was pretty effective: in 9 innings, he struck out 13 and allowed just three runs. This year, however, Tarpley struggled. In 24 2/3 innings, he recorded a 6.93 ERA and 5.69 FIP.

The southpaw was an intriguing relief prospect considering his sky-high ground ball rates in the minors. However, the league’s new three-batter minimum rule probably will hinder his effectiveness going forward. He’s allowed a .460 wOBA against righties compared to a .235 against lefties in his brief big league career. Nonetheless, he should get an opportunity in the Marlins bullpen.

Nelson, a 22 year-old third baseman, was the Marlins’ 15th round pick back in 2016. He’s not on MLB Pipeline’s top-30 Miami prospects, but did get a brief mention in Fangraphs’ Marlins list:

Nelson is the most athletic of this [other prospects of note] group and has a body built for longevity but he hasn’t performed at all since his odd breakout, which we’re now several seasons removed from.

That breakout referenced was in 2017, when Nelson hit .309/.354/.456 (132 wRC+) in Single-A as a 19 year-old. But since then, he has a measly 66 wRC+ all in High-A. He was also Rule 5 eligible this winter, but obviously not selected. Clearly, he’s stalled out and not much a prospect at the moment, which is just about all the Yankees could have expected to get in this scenario.

Yankees deal Chance Adams to the Royals

Some sort of trade involving Chance Adams was inevitable after the team designated the 25 year-old righty for assignment last week. As expected, the Yankees didn’t fetch much. In exchange for Adams, the Royals sent the Yankees shortstop Cristian Perez, who topped out in High-A with Kansas City.

The Royals are a great opportunity for Adams get his career back on track. Kauffman Stadium was one of the hardest parks to hit a home run in last year and Adams is an extreme fly ball pitcher. Plus, Kansas City won’t be in contention in 2020. That means they can give Adams an extended look that the Yankees weren’t going to offer.

In Perez, the Yankees get a light-hitting shortstop. The 21 year-old hit .252/.290/.285 (68 wRC+) for the Wilmington Blue Rocks this season, which is the Royals’ High-A affiliate. There’s clearly not much there offensively, but the good news is that he makes plenty of contact (11.3 percent strikeout rate). Additionally, he’s an “instinctive defender” per the Fangraphs prospect team. Doesn’t sound like much more than a depth addition, though maybe he turns out to be a bench guy down the road.

This trade settles one of two items currently in limbo. The other: Brett Gardner. That deal hasn’t been announced yet, but when it is, the Yankees will need to clear another 40-man roster spot. We’ll have to wait and see whether that’s a salary dump of JA Happ or another DFA akin to Adams.

Yankees deal Chance Adams to the Royals

Some sort of trade involving Chance Adams was inevitable after the team designated the 25 year-old righty for assignment last week. As expected, the Yankees didn’t fetch much. In exchange for Adams, the Royals sent the Yankees shortstop Cristian Perez, who topped out in High-A with Kansas City.

The Royals are a great opportunity for Adams get his career back on track. Kauffman Stadium was one of the hardest parks to hit a home run in last year and Adams is an extreme fly ball pitcher. Plus, Kansas City won’t be in contention in 2020. That means they can give Adams an extended look that the Yankees weren’t going to offer.

In Perez, the Yankees get a light-hitting shortstop. The 21 year-old hit .252/.290/.285 (68 wRC+) for the Wilmington Blue Rocks this season, which is the Royals’ High-A affiliate. There’s clearly not much there offensively, but the good news is that he makes plenty of contact (11.3 percent strikeout rate). Additionally, he’s an “instinctive defender” per the Fangraphs prospect team. Doesn’t sound like much more than a depth addition, though maybe he turns out to be a bench guy down the road.

This trade settles one of two items currently in limbo. The other: Brett Gardner. That deal hasn’t been announced yet, but when it is, the Yankees will need to clear another 40-man roster spot. We’ll have to wait and see whether that’s a salary dump of JA Happ or another DFA akin to Adams.

Trade Deadline Preview: Who’s Selling?

Eight days remain until the thirty major league teams can no longer make trades. And this year, it’s a hard deadline. The August waiver deals are no more; teams will need to commit to buying or selling now rather than kicking the can down the road.

So with the new rule in mind, let’s take a look at what teams the Yankees could partner with in the upcoming days. From the definite sellers to teams on the fence, the Yankees undoubtedly will be diligent surveying the market. Can’t imagine that Brian Cashman will get much sleep.

Definitely Sellers

Miami Marlins: To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter’s ballclub sits at the bottom of the National League. They’re still a long way from contention, so theoretically anyone on their roster could be available. The problem? It’s slim pickings.

Perhaps the most interesting piece would be ex-Yankee Caleb Smith, a southpaw who’s found his footing in Miami. Since last year, he’s made 30 starts for the Marlins and owns a 3.89 ERA with high strikeout totals. However, he gives up his fair share of homers (1.45 per nine) which could be a problem moving from Marlins Park to Yankee Stadium. At any rate, it sounds like the Marlins want to keep him.

A healthy Austin Brice would be an interesting bullpen target. He’s broken out this year (1.88 ERA) and has strong peripherals. Nick Anderson, a 29 year-old rookie reliever, has posted monster strikeout numbers.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have a positive run differential but have fallen out of contention recently. They’re nine games under .500 and 7 games out of the second Wild Card spot. Cincinnati is a talented club that probably will contend over the next couple years, so they’re probably looking for close to major league ready young talent to help them take the next step.

Expect the Reds to trade Tanner Roark, who’s been solid for them this year (3.97 ERA, 4.26 FIP). He’s not an impact arm, but could help the Yankees back of the rotation eat innings in order to keep the bullpen rested. The Yankees are probably aiming higher, but he’d be a decent fallback.

The dream acquisition would be Luis Castillo, but let’s not kid ourselves here. Sonny Gray has been incredibly effective for the Reds, and probably will draw a lot of interest from other clubs, but obviously the Yankees have been there and done that.

David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias appear to be the Reds’ two most likely bullpen chips to go. Neither have had good results in terms of ERA, but both offer high strikeout totals. Iglesias has more upside and is under contract through 2021, so his prospect cost could be high even though he’s developed a home run problem over the last two years.

Now that Brett Gardner’s knee is barking and Giancarlo Stanton is far from returning, it wouldn’t be stunning to see some positional depth targeted. Although Derek Dietrich is more of an infielder, he has outfield experience and left-handed power that could fit.

New York Mets: The Amazin’s are nine games under .500 and are certain to deal guys like Todd Frazier and currently injured Zack Wheeler, though the Bombers would only have interest in the latter. That said, Wheeler’s shoulder impingement will make it a lot harder for him to be moved to any team, let alone a crosstown rival.

Noah Syndergaard‘s name has come up in rumors of late, particularly when Omar Minaya attended one of Deivi Garcia’s starts recently. Still, it’s pretty hard to envision the Mets dealing Thor. Perhaps the Mets would entertain offers for Edwin Díaz, who although has pitched better lately, has not been the guy he was in Seattle.

The Mets have plenty of interesting pieces, but consummating a deal with the Yankees just doesn’t seem likely.

Baltimore Orioles: Similar to the Marlins, Baltimore’s trade block is lacking. That’s no surprise for a team with a 31-67 record, of course. They’ve already started dealing; the O’s traded Andrew Cashner to Boston last week.

The only other starting pitcher that I’d be remotely interested in is John Means, but Baltimore has little reason to trade the rookie. Even if they were, I’m skeptical of his results to date. In relief, perhaps the Yankees could try to get Mychal Givens back on track. He lost his closer role after a horrific start to the season, but has pitched better since June. He won’t be a free agent until after the 2021 season, so he’d be a long-term relief option too.

Detroit Tigers: Dead last in the Central, the Tigers should be active at the deadline. The most bandied about name has been Matt Boyd, a lefty starter who Bobby profiled a few weeks ago. He’s had a breakout season and is under team control for three more years, though I’d be hesitant because of his high home run totals.

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The other names most rumored are Shane Greene and Nick Castellanos. Greene, who the Yankees dealt in the Didi Gregorius trade, has been excellent in Detroit’s closer role this year. He can be retained for 2020, too. On the other hand, Castellanos is merely a rental option who can really hit but is lackluster in the outfield.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals aren’t much further ahead of Detroit. The Yankees already pulled off one deal with them; the acquisition of speedster Terrance Gore.

Matt profiled Ian Kennedy yesterday, who’s found success as a reliever. Coming back to the Yanks would bring his career full circle, too. Elsewhere in the Kansas City bullpen, hard-throwing southpaw Jake Diekman could be a fit. Starting pitching-wise, there’s really nothing enticing. Danny Duffy would have interested me a couple years ago, but this is now his second poor season in a row.

If the Yankees decide they need more outfield depth as we wait to hear more about Gardner, Alex Gordon could be a target (though he is a 10-and-5 guy). Aside from June, he’s been resurgent offensively and is well known for his defensive chops despite his age.

Toronto Blue Jays: We’re starting to see the Jays’ core reach the majors, and I must admit, it’s a little scary. They’re still a few years away and need pitching help badly, but they’re going to hit. But for now, they’re still in the latter stages of rebuilding.

One would think Marcus Stroman would be a part of Toronto’s future, but that seems unlikely. Bobby wrote Stroman up recently, and he seems to make a good deal of sense for the Yanks. As an added benefit, it sure sounds like Stroman would embrace being a Yankee.

Aside from Stroman, Ken Giles has come up in rumors quite a bit. He’s been fantastic this year and has made his down 2018 look like a blip on the radar. Giles will probably fetch one of the bigger trade packages over the next week. Moving down a rung in the bullpen; Daniel Hudson or David Phelps would be helpful middle relief options.

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