Yankees starting to look for an outfielder

Yankees starting to look for an outfielder

The Yankees are starting to look at the trade market for an outfielder — no great surprise considering the offensive struggles of Aaron Hicks and especially Joey Gallo.

Juan Soto would top any big-market team’s outfield wish list, but he remains extremely unlikely to be available, and Bryan Reynolds, whom the Yankees have tried for before, is only slightly more likely to hit the market. In an extreme sellers’ market, the Royals’ Andrew Benintendi, the Orioles’ Anthony Santander and the Cubs’ Ian Happ might fit best, with the added bonus that all are left-handed or switch hitters. Benintendi will be a free agent after this season while Santander (free agent after 2024) and Happ (free agent after 2023) won’t be and thus uncertain to be dealt.

The surprising Orioles are seen as reluctant to send an early sell message to fans/players by trading non free agents early, and while they’d have to be blown away to deal outfield stars Cedric Mullins or Austin Hays, word is they’d consider a Santander trade. The Diamondbacks’ David Peralta and the Tigers’ Robbie Grossman are other outfield trade candidates.

The Yankees love Gallo’s defense/athleticism, but he hadn’t had a hit in a week through Wednesday. While a rival GM suggested he’s “untradeable,” some who know him are wondering whether New York is the right spot for him …

From left, the Cubs' Ian Happ, Orioles'  Anthony Santander and Royals' Andrew Benintendi in game action in a composite image.
Ian Happ, Anthony Santander and Andrew Benintendi are potential outfield trade market targets for the Yankees.
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on The Post podcast “The Show” that while the Dodgers aren’t “clicking” yet, he isn’t backing down from his World Series guarantee.

With all their pitching injuries/issues, LA will seek a starter.

The A’s Frankie Montas, who’s “sure to be traded,” and the Reds’ Luis Castillo are considered the top two starters on the market. The next most likely A’s player to go is Sean Murphy, mostly because they have top catching prospect Ryan Langeliers.

“Everyone wants [D’backs starter] Zac Gallen,” but he remains unlikely to be dealt.

The Padres are looking for “more bat than arm,” though they will check on everyone.

The Rays, Astros, Red Sox are also in the market for offensive upgrades.

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