New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees just went through uneven stretch in terms of starting pitching, making it even easier to question their decision not to more aggressively pursue free agent Dallas Keuchel. With Keuchel with the Braves, the pressure is on veterans Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, and CC Sabathia to make every start count. All of them certainly have it in them to perform at a very high level, but it really wouldn’t have hurt to add another dependable arm to the staff for nothing more than a one-year commitment.
CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: Anderson runs down some of the prospects to watch across the minors, and highlights Yankees’ farmhand Estevan Florial in particular. Florial makes for a particularly interesting prospect to keep an eye on for a number of reasons. He is an obviously talented player with several potential plus tools, but he has also missed significant time due to injury in recent seasons. Compounding everything is the fact that other teams, if they were to take an interest in Florial during trade deadline negotiations, would have to figure out how much to value Florial’s tools against his injury history.
NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Speaking of trade negotiations, Kuty runs down the prospects teams will most likely target when it comes time to talk trades. Brian Cashman has not ruled out an impact addition, and minor-leaguers like Florial and Deivi Garcia could be potent trade chips, not to mention players like Clint Frazier and Thairo Estrada that have made an impact at the major-league level.
NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: We’re loaded with trade speculation today, as Rosenstein opines that the Dodgers should call the Yankees after seeing their young shortstop, Corey Seager, felled by a hamstring injury Tuesday night. Should Seager need months to recover, the Dodgers could see the likes of Tyler Wade and Estrada as potential stop-gaps, though I’m not sure either profiles as much of an upgrade over Los Angeles’ in-house utilityman, Chris Taylor.