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Yankees Trade Deadline Preview 2017

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Yankees Trade Deadline Preview 2017

The Yankees have been reeling of late, but still, stand atop the AL East. Although we are still more than a month away from the July 31st trade deadline let’s have some fun and take a look at some potential targets for the Bronx Bombers.

First Base/Third Base

The corners are a glaring area of need for the Yankees right now. Chase Headley had a solid April but has been terrible since. Chris Carter was just DFA’d and it was no surprise since he was also struggling mightily. In a corresponding move, the Yankees recalled first baseman Tyler Austin from Triple-A.

Greg Bird has missed most of the season with ankle and knee problems. He was seen running during on-field workouts on Sunday. Although it’s a good sign, there’s no guarantee when they will have Bird back and whether he will be able to produce when he returns. Bird struggled to a .100 batting average with 22 strikeouts in his first 19 games this year.

Here are some options that may be available as the trade deadline approaches.

Yonder Alonso (Oak)- 1B

Alonso has had a resurgent season in 2017, slashing .289/.385/.592 with 17 home runs through 66 games played. There have been talks of an extension for the veteran, but Billy Beane and the A’s are more likely to explore his market value before extending him.

Todd Frazier (CWS)- 1B/3B

A free agent at season’s end, the White Sox will likely listen to all offers on the slugging third baseman as they continue to rebuild towards the future. His ability to also play first base could make him even more appealing to Brian Cashman and the Yankees.

Lucas Duda (NYM)- 1B

The New York Mets nightmare season has left them in a potential sell-off mode. Duda comes into Sunday batting .249, but he does have 13 home runs and a .918 OPS on the year. A quick trip across town could be beneficial for all parties involved.

Starting Pitching

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is currently having the worst season of his career. He did fire eight scoreless innings while striking out nine batters in his most recent start against Texas, but the team has to be worried whether they can rely on him to lead them through a postseason run.

Young right-hander Luis Severino has really stepped up and shown his potential as a true No. 1, but if the Yankees are really going all in this year they make look for a strong arm on the trade market. A deal may not come easy though, as there are only a few good options at the moment.

Jose Quintana (CWS)

It seems like Q has been involved in trade talks for years now as the White Sox continue to look towards the future. They received a haul for Chris Sale from the Red Sox and it was rumored that they were asking for a similar package for Quintana last year.

His poor performance to start the year may have changed their tune, but he has picked it up over his last few starts. He won’t come cheap but he could really help a team looking to make a title run.

Johnny Cueto (SF)

To the surprise of many, the Giants are having a down season as they sit at the bottom of the NL West. Cueto recently said that he plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of the season.

He hasn’t been at his best this year, but he still has the stuff and the postseason experience to help a contender. The Giants could make the best of what has been a year to forget by using Cueto to bolster their farm system.

Relief Pitching

The Yankees have one of the best bullpens in baseball but have been struggling lately, contributing to their recent slide. While they’re unlikely to acquire any of the big late-inning arms on the market, they could look to add some inexpensive middle-relief help. Here are a few names they might consider.

Addison Reed (NYM)

Justin Wilson (DET)

Brad Hand (SD)

Ryan Madson & Sean Doolittle (OAK)

David Phelps (MIA)

Drew Storen (CIN)

The Dog Days are Coming

As summer heats up and the All-Star break approaches, teams will start making the tough decision to buy or sell.

The Yankees have performed as one of the best teams in the American League and could be just a piece or two away from becoming legitimate World Series contenders. With just over a month before the July 31st deadline, GM Brian Cashman should be a busy man.