As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.
Brian Cashman reportedly told Cubs GM Theo Epstein that he would only trade one of his two relievers if he received power-hitter Kyle Schwarber, who is currently sidelined for the season with an injury. Schwarber is a power-hitting lefty, and Cashman believes with the right-field porch he can hit 50 home runs a year for the Yankees. The Cubs have said, however, they will not trade Schwarber.
Vogelbach is ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the Cubs system, according to MLB.com. Keith Law of ESPN does not list Vogelbach as one of his top 50 prospects in all of baseball. Furthermore, the Yankees already have a first base prospect in Greg Bird who is out for the season with a torn labrum but in 46 games with the Yankees last season hit .261 with 11 home runs, 31 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .343.
The Yankees are scouting the Nationals affiliate, according to a report from the Washington Post. The Nationals have also demonstrated interest in Miller, being in the lead for the NL East and having no reliever with an sub-2.00 ERA with at least 30 innings pitched (Miller has a 1.34 ERA in 40 1/3 innings).
The Nationals farm system includes two of the highest-regarded prospects in baseball in pitcher Lucas Giolito and shortstop Trea Turner. They also have highly-ranked but more attainable prospects outfielder Victor Robles and right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached out to the Yankees about pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Eovladi has a 5.11 ERA this season, almost a full run greater than his 4.24 career average. In the month of May, he went 5-0 in six games pitched with a 3.25 ERA and .241 opponent batting average, but followed it in June with a 8.65 ERA and .339 opponent BA in five games pitched and was briefly taken out of the lineup.
Eovaldi's contract expires after this year.
The Texas Rangers have discussed the possibility about a trade for Miller with the Yankees, according to the Dallas Star-Telegram. The Rangers wanted the Yankees to take on some of Miller's contract ($27 million over this and the next two seasons).
While relievers are reportedly not as much as a priority as starters, the Rangers would like to add Miller to their bullpen arsenal as they lead the American League in wins.
The Rangers have also scouted Chapman according to the New York Post.
Some Yankees players are being targeted in trade talks, too, but with multiple teams attached to them in reports:
Sabathia & Pineda
The Yankees are drawing interest in starting pitchers CC Sabbathia and Michael Pineda according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Pineda has a 4.02 career ERA but is posting a 5.56 this season. In the month of June, he had a 2.75 ERA in six games pitched, only allowing 11 earned runs and 27 hits. However, in his two games since then he has given up 10 earned runs in 11 innings. In Pineda's 40 games with the Yankees prior to this season, he had a 3.57 ERA and has been sent down this year with injury trouble.
Sabbathia is 35-years-old and in his 15th year playing Major League Baseball. He had a seven game run from May until mid-June this season where he gave up three earned runs and threw 41 strikeouts. However, since then his ERA has worsened with every start. He is now the Yankees No. 2 starter behind Masahiro Tanaka after almost not making the rotation this year.
The Yankees only position player to make the All-Star team this year has drawn interest from multiple clubs. According to George King III of the NY Post, the Kansas City Royals, where Carlos Beltran started his career and played from 1998 until 2004, have discussed trading for the outfielder with the Yankees. Right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar was a name discussed.
The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly are also interested in adding Beltran to their lineup according to ESPN, although it's unclear what they'd be willing to surrender.
Beltran is currently hitting .297 with 19 home runs and 58 RBIs this season. His contract expires after this year, and he has a partial no-trade clause that allows the Yankees to move him to 14 clubs with no permission, but he can block trade to the other 15.
MLBTradeRumors reports some of the teams the Yankees could deal Beltran to include the Indians, Nationals, Royals, Cardinals, Rays, Tigers and Dodgers.