You know, trade season is usually my favorite time of year at PSA. The MLB Trade Deadline ad the Winter Meetings. That’s when you usually can’t keep up with the rumors. It’s lot of fun to speculate and window-shop and refresh Twitter until your finger hurts from scrolling so much. This summer has been pretty quiet, with the biggest move last night belonging to the Rays, who added Cody Reed from Cincinnati. Blockbuster stuff, y’all.
Here’s hoping the action and excitement picks up today.
Since it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the news, Pinstripe Alley is going to run a series of posts containing all the Yankees rumors over the next three days. It’s important to remember that these are rumors, and you should take them with a grain of salt. Teams frequently posture, selectively releasing information in a way that benefits them.
Rumors of the Day (August 29, 2020)
- 5:30 PM ET: Deivi García will make his major-league debut tomorrow, per Bryan Hoch. He will start one of the Yankees’ doubleheader games. García ranks as the 100th best prospect in the game, according to MLB Pipeline. He’s the team’s number three prospect as well.
- 1:51 PM ET: Yankees GM Brian Cashman held a press conference this afternoon. He indicated that pitching is his priority, particularly starting pitching, but no deals are close yet. He has yet to approach Hal Steinbrenner about anything.
- 7:00 AM ET: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers are listening to offers on right-handed starter Lance Lynn. The 33-year-old is in the middle of his second straight season as a top of the rotation pitcher, sporting a 1.59 ERA (3.37 FIP) over 45.1 innings. The Yankees know Lynn well from his time with them in 2018, and he would fill a spot in the rotation next year, as he’s signed for an eminently affordable $8 million. The Rangers had interest in Miguel Andújar as recently as December, so that’s something to keep in mind.
- 7:00 AM ET: Rosenthal also says that the Brewers are gauging interest in relief ace Josh Hader, but have placed a “bananas price” on him. Robert Murray reports that the Padres have inquired on the 26-year-old, and they certainly have the young players to make a deal happen. The Yankees had interest in Hader over the winter, so expect Brian Cashman to at least do his due diligence.
- 7:00 AM ET: Kevin Gausman is one of the pitchers on the Yankees’ radar. He doesn’t seem keen to leave San Francisco, though. “Obviously, I don’t want to leave these guys, honestly,” Gausman told John Shea. “It’s been really great. They’ve made coming to the ballpark really fun.” The 29-year-old has pitched to a 4.54 ERA, but his peripherals (3.32 FIP) and increased velocity suggest he can make an impact down the stretch.
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