Yankees Rumors: Jose Quintana, JA Happ Among Possible Targets at Trade Deadline

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 04/21/17 01:24PM EDT

The New York Yankees are one of the hottest teams to start the 2017 MLB season. If they continue the trend in the next couple of months, they could contend for a spot in the postseason. The only weaknesses for the Yankees early this season are injuries and starting pitching.

The Yankees are going great without starting shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Gary Sanchez. The rotation has been great so far but can they sustain it throughout the season? Masahiro Tanaka is starting to come alive after struggling in his first couple of starts.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, the Yankees will be active at the trade deadline if they have a shot of making the playoffs. He added that the priority for the Yankees should be adding a starter. Here are the three potential starting pitcher trade targets for the Yankees.

Jose Quintana

The obvious choice for the Yankees is Quintana, who has been linked with the team throughout the offseason. The Yankees and White Sox have already talked about a potential deal but Chicago is asking way too much. But with his poor start to the season, Quintana's value won't be as high as it used to be.

The Yankees can easily pounce and acquire the 28-year-old lefty without sacrificing a lot of their farm system. Quintana is one of the most underrated starters in the past couple of years. He also has a history with New York as he played in the team's minor league system from 2008 to 2011.

J.A. Happ

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Blue Jays are ready to start a firesale if their struggles continue into the middle of the season. Toronto currently has the worst record in baseball at 3-12 and it has the potential to get out of hand.

The Blue Jays best trade asset is Happ, who has been pitching great since 2015. He is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA at the start of the season but he was 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA last season. He is currently dealing with elbow inflammation, but an MRI revealed no tear in his ulnar collateral ligament.

Jeremy Hellickson

The former AL Rookie of the Year is having a great start to the season for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 2-0 in three starts with a 1.59 ERA. He is also a free agent at the end of the season, which makes him one of the best trade candidates of playoff contenders. If Hellickson continues to play great this season, the rebuilding Phillies could cash in and trade him for a couple of prospects.

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