Yankees Need to Boost Third Base, Pitching Rotation Before Trade Deadline
Aside from beefing up their pitching rotation, the New York Yankees also plan to acquire a reliable third baseman before the July 31 trade deadline to boost their chances of advancing to the playoffs.
According to Joe Giglio of NJ.com, the Yankees need to strengthen their infield, particularly their third base, to sustain their hot start and domination of the AL East.
The Yankees' third basemen - Chase Headley and Ronald Torreyes - are hitting .228 and .284, respectively. Between them, they have .622 OPS, 28th in the Majors. Headley, for his part, only had three homers and a .648 OPS.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe confirmed that the Yankees are indeed shopping for a quality third baseman. According to his sources, Cafardo said the Yankees are confirmed to be shopping for a third baseman
Giglio said the Yankees may consider Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Chiefs, Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox and David Freese of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Moustakas has an OPS of .805 while Frazier and Freese have OPS of .702 and .772 respectively.
The Yankees also plan to acquire more reliable pitchers to shore up their starting rotation, which is just 14th in terms of ERA at 4.33.
According to several reports, the Yankees are interested in Chicago White Sox ace Jose Quintana, Pittsburgh Pirates star Gerrit Cole, Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics Gray.
In a report by Phil Rogers of MLB.com, the Yankees may also trade for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer, who is starter under contract until 2021 for just over $34 million.
In 136 career starts, Archer has tallied a 44-54 record with 3.49 ERA. He made it to the All-Star Game in 2015.
The Yankees need to add pitchers with long contracts as three of their starters -- Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda -- will turn free agents at the end of the year.
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