It wouldn’t be proper trade rumor season without some degree of conflicting reports. Here are some recent examples:
New York Post | Joel Sherman: At the start of this month, Cleveland and San Francisco were all but guaranteed to sell off some of their top assets, but after a strong month, both teams are suddenly in the playoff hunt. This could mean that the trade market for starting pitchers might be shrinking, making it more difficult for the Yankees to make a splash at the deadline.
YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: While the market may be thinning, the Yankees are also “guaranteed” to trade for a pitcher in the next couple of days. Herrmann’s piece is a bit of a regurgitation of what Jim Bowden wrote for the Athletic, but if you aren’t a subscriber, it’s worth a look.
ESPN | Coley Harvey: Deivi Garcia’s emergence as the Yankees’ top prospect has turned several heads this season, but those around him have known Garcia has been destined for big things for a while. With a small stature, a big curveball, and a bulldog presence on the mound, the Pedro Martinez comparisons are natural. If Garcia has half the career Pedro had, I’ll be one happy Yankee fan.
Finally, we have some injury news. On the bright side, Cameron Maybin is officially on a rehab assignment:
However, Albert Abreu seems to have suffered some kind of injury in his start last night. He could’ve been a prime trade candidate this season, but that seems unlikely now.