Matching the New York Yankees With Their Most Likely MLB Trade Deadline Targets

Mike Esposito
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Sitting pretty with an MLB-best 63-33 record, the New York Yankees are currently the slight favorite to win the American League pennant, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

While an AL East title would be nice for the Yankees, this team was built to win World Series championships. And if the Yanks want to stave off their division rivals and make a deep run in the playoffs, they'll likely need to add another piece of two prior to the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.

Here are five of the most likely trade deadline targets for the Bronx Bombers.

5. Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers

Trade rumors have surrounded Matthew Boyd for quite some time now and the Yankees could definitely benefit by swinging a deal for the Detroit Tigers' left-hander. The 28-year-old owns an AL-best 6.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season and is absolutely oozing with potential. A high-upside arm that will be under team control until 2023, it would take a lot to pry Boyd away from Detroit. Luckily, the Yankees have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and could easily give the rebuilding Tigers enough quality prospects to facilitate a deal.

4. Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians

Trevor Bauer has been stellar again in 2019, posting a 9-7 record with a 3.67 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 170 strikeouts in 144 2/3 innings pitched. Bauer would arguably be the best addition that the Yankees could make at the deadline, but only if the Indians decide to be sellers. The Yankees have the prospects to make a deal happen, but with Cleveland having won six in a row and eight of its last 10 games, the Tribe could hold onto Bauer for a playoff run of their own.

3. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers

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The Yankees already have an All-Star closer in Aroldis Chapman, but adding another elite relief arm like Tigers' closer Shane Greene would likely go a long way. The 30-year-old righty, who made his first All-Star Game this season, has been nearly unhittable this year with a 1.03 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Greene would be another formidable setup man for Chapman and could also be a solid insurance policy for the future (he's under team control through the 2020 season) if the Cuban flamethrower decides to opt out of his contract following the 2019 season.

2. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

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One of the most high-profile names available on the trade market, Madison Bumgarner would be an excellent addition to New York's rotation. The 29-year-old southpaw has put together another respectable year for the San Francisco Giants, with a 3.65 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings pitched. And adding an innings-eater like MadBum, who has gone six-plus innings in 17 of his 21 starts this season, could help keep the Yankees' bullpen fresh down the stretch. Bumgarner would also bring a ton of postseason experience along with him, having won three World Series titles with the Giants.

1. Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Marcus Stroman has quietly been one of the American League's best pitchers this season, owning a top-10 ERA (3.06), despite having a 6-10 record. Acquiring the the 28-year-old would add a proven commodity to the Yankees' staff and the right-hander also has solid numbers against the Red Sox (6-3, 3.44 ERA in 14 career starts). The native New Yorker would likely be a seamless fit for the Yankees.

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