The addition of a new starter has been front and center when it comes to trade talks involving the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman. But that isn't the only pitching options he's looking to pursue this summer.
Sprinkled in have been notions that the Yankees are checking in on the reliever market as well. Players like Tigers' closer Shane Greene and Diamondbacks RHP Archie Bradley have been mentioned to be on the Yankees' radar.
"Working all angles," Cashman told The Post's George A. King III.
Do the Yankees necessarily need the improvement to their bullpen, though? They improved it this past offseason, adding Adam Ottavino to a group of Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, and a re-signed Zack Britton. And looking at performance, they currently sit fourth in the AL with a 3.90 ERA, which is sixth in the MLB as well.
However, lately, the pen hasn't been playing to its normal strength. As King points out, the last eight games have seen a 4.91 ERA posted after allowing 44 hits and 19 walks over 36.2 innings of work. That isn't what this group, which Cashman dished out quite a lot of cash for, is used to producing.
"In the bullpen we have had our struggles, too," Britton said. "Coming in and hold leads or keeping the game close. We can do better than we have."
Britton, himself, hasn't seen many lackluster performances since the All-Star break. He has a 3.00 ERA in six innings, which was caused by his two runs allowed to the Twins in that crazy extra-inning win that ended with Aaron Hicks' diving catch with bases loaded. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the others.
Chapman has been the most prominent offender. In his six appearances since the break, he's posted a 7.50 ERA after allowing six runs, five earned on five hits with a staggering six walks to eight strikeouts.
Add these recent struggles to the fact that Dellin Betances -- another power arm that hasn't seen the mound this season -- hasn't pitched all season, and the Yankees have a valid reason to look at the reliever market. It certainly isn't the top priority, especially with the struggles the Yanks' starters have been through since the All-Star break (posting a 7.89 ERA which is the worst in the MLB since that span).
Still, Cashman has always been one to leave no door unopened when it comes to this time of year. So, until Wednesday at 4 p.m. comes and goes, don't be surprised to see the Yankees' name in thrown around in every pitching market -- not just rotation help.