The Manny Machado rumors have died down to nothing over the past day or two. According to Bill Madden, that’s because Brian Cashman was just doing his due diligence by inquiring about Machado to begin with. Cashman always checks in with a team when a prominent player is made available, but Baltimore is said to be seeking a number one pitching prospect. It is unlikely that the Yankees would part with Justus Sheffield for a three-month rental.
The Yankees’ number one need remains starting pitching help. It doesn’t appear that they are going to be able to land an ace, as none are currently available, but Cashman is still trying to find an upgrade. They’ve looked at everyone from J.A. Happ to Tyson Ross to Cole Hamels over the past few weeks, but New York is reportedly most interested in Nathan Eovaldi. The former Yankee has pitched to a 3.35 ERA with 8.19 K/9, 1.12 BB/9, and 1.68 HR/9 across 48 and one-third innings since returning from Tommy John surgery. It is improbable that the Rays would trade with the Yankees, however.
The team has also been keeping an eye on Michael Fulmer. They sent a scout to watch him start a few weeks ago, and last night the Tigers sent a scout to Progressive Field to watch the Yankees-Indians game. Detroit is said to be interested in Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier. Fulmer is having a down year, but would represent an upgrade over Domingo German. He has posted a 4.11 ERA (4.03 FIP) through 107 and one-third innings.
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