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Yankees eyeing Tigers' Fulmer, Mets aces

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While the Yankees remain interested in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, another former Mets pitching prospect -- the Tigers' Michael Fulmer -- is also on their radar.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech, whose report was confirmed by the New York Post, the Yankees sent a scout to watch Fulmer's latest start Thursday afternoon vs. the A's at Comerica Park.

While the Yankees remain interested in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, another former Mets pitching prospect -- the Tigers' Michael Fulmer -- is also on their radar.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech, whose report was confirmed by the New York Post, the Yankees sent a scout to watch Fulmer's latest start Thursday afternoon vs. the A's at Comerica Park.

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Fulmer took the loss as he allowed four runs, though he did throw eight innings and strike out five without walking a batter.

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As Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Post on Thursday, pitching remains the Yanks' biggest target in trade talks. Cashman confirmed he's spoken multiple times with the Mets and will continue to do so. The Yankees have also been linked to Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.

"… I'll stay engaged with the Mets as well as every other club and see where it takes us," Cashman said. "I don't think I'll have any dialogue with the Boston Red Sox. I'll take them off the call list. But other than that, we'll be very busy trying to improve ourselves."

Trading for deGrom or Syndergaard remains an unlikely endeavor for Cashman, as the Mets' asking price is reportedly lofty. And even if the Mets do get an offer they like, dealing one of their aces to their crosstown rivals would be a tough pill to swallow.

Fulmer may be a more realistic option for the Yankees, though one rival expressed doubt that the right-hander would be dealt, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports

"They are treating [Fulmer] like a No. 2 starter," the rival said of the Tigers' demands.

If that's the case, the Yankees will need to determine just how much of an upgrade Fulmer would be over Jonathan Loaisiga or Domingo German.

Fulmer won the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year Award and is under control through 2022, but he underwent elbow surgery this past offseason and has recorded a pedestrian 4.20 ERA in 2018.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.