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Yankees continue to talk Cameron Maybin trade, possibly Brad Ziegler too

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The Yankees are still looking to acquire an outfielder today, but they could add another arm to the bullpen.

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Last night, the Yankees were reported to be one of the teams in on outfielder Cameron Maybin, with discussions continuing today. That much makes sense. It’s been no secret that Brian Cashman has been looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder since the team lost Aaron Judge to the disabled list.

According to Mark Feinsand, the Marlins and Yankees have also talked about the possibility of a deal for Brad Ziegler. That’s where things get confusing. It doesn’t make much sense to ship off Adam Warren to the Mariners and replace him with Ziegler.

The 38-year-old right-hander is putting together one of his worst seasons out of the bullpen. Through 52 innings, Ziegler has posted a 3.98 ERA (4.58 FIP) with 6.40 K/9. He doesn’t issue too many free passes, but has surrendered his fair share of home runs. While he mostly generates groundballs (74%), a large percentage of his fly balls have landed in the bleachers (31.8% HR/FB).

I suppose this could be a move to prevent the Red Sox from landing him, but that sounds like a lot of effort. The Yankees have more relievers than roster spots right now. They would have no real place for Ziegler. His name probably came up, but there’s probably not much traction too it.

Maybin represents the name to watch. There’s been a lot of smoke around him and the Yankees. There could be something to it!