The Devil works hard, but Brian Cashman works harder. The dust hasn’t even settled on the trades the Yankee GM executed this afternoon, and there are rumors swirling that the team is looking to augment their outfield depth.
Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Yankees are looking into a reunion with Curtis Granderson, and just filed this story with MLB.com about Andrew McCutchen. The two veteran outfielders have had similar seasons in 2018, and would both fill in for the Yankees as a potential power bat on the bench, and a replacement for Aaron Judge for the next three weeks.
Granderson, seemingly everyone’s favorite former Yankee, has a 106 wRC+ in his age-37 season. His strikeout rate is at a career high, but his HR/FB% is roughly steady with his last few seasons, and his familiarity with the AL East could make him a nice depth piece going forward.
McCutchen has been better than Grandy by a hair, posting a 110 wRC+, while walking about the same amount as Granderson and striking out less. It was unclear whether the Giants would be sellers at the deadline, but a new injury may force their hand:
Bruce Bochy tells reporters there's a "strong possibility" Johnny Cueto will have Tommy John surgery pic.twitter.com/N35SoNXi8h— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 31, 2018
Losing one of your starters for the season while already trailing multiple teams in both the division and Wild Card can bring a club to its knees. It’s possible the Giants are about to follow through on a speculated teardown that could include Cutch.
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