Yankees facing a number of scenarios at MLB trade deadline

Yankees facing a number of scenarios at MLB trade deadline

The Yankees continue to be the biggest of big-game hunters at the trade deadline. The better the name, the harder they seem to be trying.

They landed All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi early, and have continued to check in on superstar outfielder Juan Soto — who is by far the best and most valuable player with a realistic chance to be traded, assuming, like everyone else, that all-time two-way great Shohei Ohtani stays in Anaheim (the Yankees think he will, too).

They lost out on All-Star starter Luis Castillo but have stayed in the middle of talks for talented A’s pitcher Frankie Montas, their clear second choice on a market filled with serviceable rentals and some talented trade maybes such as Pablo Lopez, Martin Perez, Carlos Rodon and Nate Eovaldi.

To their chagrin, to this point there’s no traction on talks regarding Soto — who they’d love. While they checked in as recently as Sunday, it appears the Nats are focused elsewhere. Word going around is the Nats only see Anthony Volpe, the Yankees’ top prospect, as a very good major-leaguer, not the star others do. Anyway, the Cardinals and Padres have been seen as the most logical landing spots, with the Dodgers and Rangers perhaps on the next tier. The Yankees may not even be on any tier.

Their most interesting realistic pursuit then is likely Montas, who’d bolster a rotation that finally looks like it needs a little bolstering. The A’s understandably are looking for high-end prospects, and while the Yankees seem like they want to hold onto Volpe (unless the Nats call them), they are seemingly willing to include Oswald Peraza, yet another shortstop, in the right deal. And considering the other rotation trade options, this may be it.

Juan Soto

Castillo’s old Reds teammate Tyler Mahle is a decent option who’s been pitching well the last couple months, and Jose Quintana, a veteran rental, is having a nice year. Those two are on the Yankees’ radar. While Quintana isn’t a hard thrower, he’s a dependable starter, and drawing interest from all over in a steep sellers’ market, as is Mahle.

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