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The New York Yankees own one of the best records in baseball through two months, an impressive accomplishment considering the barrage of injuries they've endured.
Even with big names like Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Luis Severino (hopefully) coming back at some point, the Yankees should be serious buyers at the trade deadline in pursuit of their 28th World Series title.
Here are three big names they should consider acquiring before the trade deadline.
3. Zack Greinke
The Yankees greatest need should be starting pitching, considering the uncertainty of Severino. Even with their ace back, a strong one-two punch will strongly improve the Yankees' chances once October rolls along. Greinkie, who is now remarkably 10 years removed from his AL Cy Young award, is still pitching great at age 35 with a 3.09 ERA. He has been rumored as a Yankees target, but they'd most likely have to pick up the remaining $64 million on his contract over the next two years.
2. Anthony Rendon
While the Yankees have done a good job scoring runs without their two best hitters, their biggest weakness remains third base due to the season-ending injury sustained by Miguel Andujar. And by biggest weakness we're referring to Gio Urshela, who has subbed in and done nothing but hit .336. Should the magic run out, and if the Yankees want to make an upgrade at the hot corner, Rendon may be available. The impending free agent could be an expensive rental or a long-term option for the Yanks.
1. Max Scherzer
Since the Yankees have managed a top-10 offense without Stanton and Judge, it's more likely they go after a starter if a big trade is in the cards. While Greinke is an option, Scherzer may be a better one since he will be making less in base salary over the last two years of his deal. The Yankees have been linked to Scherzer, who is still seeking his first World Series ring and likely won't get one anytime soon on the rebuilding Nationals.
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