Yankees Most Likely Starting Pitcher Targets at the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline

David Kaestle
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The New York Yankees are in a good position to make the 2019 MLB postseason, but that doesn't mean GM Brian Cashman won't make another move or two before the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.

With the top three starting pitchers on their wish list seemingly unavailable, the Yankees will have to turn to Plan B. With that in mind, here are the four most likely trade targets for the Yankees at the deadline.

1. Mike Minor, Texas Rangers

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Mike Minor was a pleasant surprise for the Texas Rangers as well as his fantasy owners this season.The first-time All-Star sits at 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched. Even though Minor might not be at the top of the Yankees' starting pitcher wish list, but he could prove a solid consolation prize, especially as other top pitching targets come off the market.

2. Caleb Smith, Miami Marlins

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Caleb Smith has been one of the few bright spots for the Miami Marlins this season, sporting a 6-4 record and 3.30 ERA. But it is Smith's ability to strike batters out that makes him a viable trade target for the Yankees. With 216 Ks in 186 innings pitched, his stuff could translate to the AL. Plus, Smith was also a Yankees' draft pick in 2013.

3. Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers

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Matthew Boyd, another first-time All-Star, had a hot start to the 2019 season. He's since faded a bit, but the Detroit Tigers own the worst record in baseball and should be doing everything they can to stockpile assets at the deadline. Boyd has a 6-8 record and a 3.94 ERA and an outstanding 178 Ks in 132 1/3 inning pitched. The left-hander has also pitched well against many of the Yankees' remaining opponents this season (Boston, Minnesota and Baltimore), which could prove as another reason for the Yankees and Tigers to make a trade.

4. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Robbie Ray has been a name connected to the Yankees for what feels like months now. The 27-year-old southpaw is 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA so far in 2019. Given their position in the standings, it would be shocking if the Diamondbacks weren't sellers over the next few days, and Ray could slot in nicely to the middle of the Yankees' rotation.

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