On Wednesday, the Yankees swung the biggest deadline deal they’ve made in several seasons, acquiring slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers alongside a reliever in Joely Rodriguez for a haul of four prospects. It was a sign that the team was buying in on this season, but it also meant that there was more work to do in order to fill the holes on the roster.
Brian Cashman has apparently had his phone attached to his ear, because there’s been a number of connections between the Yankees and potential trade targets in the last 24 hours.
Cashman’s biggest target remaining appears to be Trevor Story, whom the Yankees are invested in prying out of Colorado. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that the team’s interest in Story is “real” and that the Yanks have the prospects in their system post-Gallo trade to get him. The Rockies have been slow movers in appraising Story’s market, however, sending out mixed signals according to SNY’s Andy Martino on whether they want to move the free-agent-to-be. This mostly sounds like posturing, but it is the Rockies, so who knows what to expect from them.
Kyle Schwarber is a name that the Yankees were connected to back in the offseason, and there’s some growing noise around him again at the deadline. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman is hearing that Schwarber could go as early as today while the Nationals contemplate a fire sale, and there’s a trio of AL East teams keeping their name in the running for him.
Schwarber’s fit on the team would be an interesting one, because he’s primarily a corner outfielder and the Yankees just got an All-Star level player there. He has experience at first base from his days with the Cubs, but hasn’t played there since 2017 — not to mention that the infield even without a Story acquisition is fairly locked in already. That leads us to one more rumor, though.
Luke Voit has spent the majority of this year recovering from injuries. It’s been a lost year for the team’s leading home run hitter from last season, and as he nears a return to playing condition YES Network’s Jack Curry has noted that teams have checked in with the Yanks on Voit’s availability. When Curry puts something out about the Yankees, I’m inclined to believe there’s smoke there, and swapping Voit could be a pre-cursor to a move for Story. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as the day goes on, and as the deadline approaches tomorrow.