Yankees eyeing potential trade with this struggling NL club?

July 12th, 2024

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July 11: Yankees in the mix for Jazz Chisholm Jr.?
According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Yankees have had discussions about acquiring center fielder from the Marlins. Miami entered play on Thursday with a 32-60 record, and is heavily expected to be deadline sellers, something it already got a head-start on by sending Luis Arraez to the Padres in May.

As for where Chisholm would fit in the Yankees lineup, Heyman reported that it would likely come in the infield, given that New York possesses a star-studded outfield of Alex Verdugo-Aaron Judge-Juan Soto, while the team's infield has no players with at least a .690 OPS entering Thursday (min. 100 plate appearances). This should be no problem for Chisholm, given that he spent his first three MLB seasons as a second baseman, including his lone All-Star season in 2022.

In addition to the Yankees, Heyman reported that the AL West-leading Mariners are another possible landing spot for Chisholm.

June 28: Yanks reportedly scouting struggling Cubs; NY a fit for McMahon?
According to The Athletic (subscription required), teams such as the Yankees and Rangers “have recently had a noticeable scouting presence around the [Cubs],” who are currently in last place in the National League Central with a 38-44 record and might be headed for a Trade Deadline sale.

The Athletic mentions center fielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger as a player whose name will likely come up in trade discussions if the Cubs opt to sell.

Bellinger can opt out of his contract after this season, though he’d have to walk away from $50 million in guaranteed money across 2025-26 to do so. Uncertainty surrounding Bellinger’s opt-out could complicate trade talks.

The Yankees were linked to Bellinger prior to last year’s Trade Deadline and this past offseason, when the left-handed slugger was a free agent. The team’s outfield is in good shape with Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo playing every day, but Bellinger could fill New York’s void at first base with Anthony Rizzo expected to be out until August after fracturing his right forearm.

With the Yankees also in need of third-base help, MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi mentioned the Rockies' Ryan McMahon as a player who could be a potential fit for New York, though it's unclear if Colorado is ready to move the 29-year-old, who is signed through 2027.

"I think in a lot of ways, McMahon is the perfect fit for [the Yankees]," Morosi said. "We'll see if the Rockies actually go down the route of potentially making that move. It's always difficult to discern exactly what direction the Rockies want to go at the Deadline. But from my perspective there is not a better fit out there than Ryan McMahon.

"As a lefty bat, certainly we would say that Yankee Stadium would be very good for him. Again, he is still signed through 2027, it's not entirely clear that the Rockies will actually make him fully available."

June 27: What will Yankees prioritize leading up to Trade Deadline?
Although they’ve hit a bit of a skid lately, losing eight of their past 10 games entering Thursday, the Yankees still have one of the best records in MLB and are an obvious buyer heading toward the Trade Deadline on July 30.

Evaluators who talked to SNY’s John Harper pinpointed the bullpen as the Yankees’ biggest area of need. The Bronx Bombers lack strikeout stuff in their bullpen, ranking 24th in MLB in reliever K-rate (21.7%).

Assuming the Yankees aren’t willing to meet the Athletics’ lofty asking price for closer Mason Miller, they could consider the Marlins’ Tanner Scott, the White Sox Michael Kopech or one of the Nationals’ two high-leverage relief arms (Hunter Harvey and Kyle Finnegan) to fill their need.

With first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the injured list and DJ LeMahieu struggling, New York could also use corner-infield help. However, finding trade fits could be difficult in this market.

The Yanks will likely take the next few weeks to evaluate rookie first baseman Ben Rice and recent trade acquisition J.D. Davis in addition to LeMahieu, who has played 22 games since returning from a fractured right foot.