While the Yankees are clearly trying to improve their rotation, there is no guarantee that they will add to anyone – let alone a significant piece like Madison Bumgarner of San Francisco or Trevor Bauer of Cleveland, which is why they are also interested in left-wing Arizonas could. Hander Robbie Ray.
Tim Wilken, General Manager's special assistant to the Diamondbacks, was in Tampa, tracking down the Yankees' single-A team. The Yankees and Arizona have done business in the past, for example when the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks in training last spring.
27-year-old Ray is 6-6 this season and has an ERA of 3.96, a high strike rate the Yankees like.
But he plays a lot and is barely dominant, which means that the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman would undoubtedly try to make other improvements to their rotation or bullpen, even if they land Ray, which also piqued the interest of the Phillies Has.
"I think I said that before. We know we have the team that is great now and we have the chance to be the best team in the world, Aaron Boone said Friday before the Yankees opened the second half of the season against the Blue Jays in the Bronx. "I know Brian and his staff will be looking around every corner where there are ways to improve our club, whether or not they will bear fruit."
But Boone does not hold his breath, giving Cashman one Stepping.
"Boone said," Sometimes it'll surprise you where you can improve your club, and there are two to the tango, we'll see if anything happens in the next few weeks. "
This is largely determined by Cashman's decision prior to the July 31
"We will try to start pitching, and if not, continue to try to reinforce the bullpen, "said Cashman on Friday on the MLB Network Radio by SiriusXM.
But Cashman does not want to Just take a step to one step to and find that he expects all American League contenders to look different until next month.
"Houston is getting better," Cashman said. "Tampa is getting better, Boston is getting better, Minnesota is getting better, Oaklands is getting better … Many of the players in the mix are in the same quality category so there will be a number of possibilities."
Supplements could also come from within, As the Yankees still expect a return from Luis Severino The lat strain derailing his season.
Cashman said the right-hander would be investigated on Saturday and could start a throwing program shortly thereafter.
He also admitted that Severino By the way, he was a full-time starter, and he did not rule out using Severino from the Bullpen, where the team still hopes Dellin Betances will be in September Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre "pushes into the mix with the Yankees. "
Even though opposing scouts love the right-handed, Cashman said he would not support Garcia for e Ine free rental moving agent after the season.
"I can not say for sure what will happen," Cashman said of the upcoming deadline.
Additional coverage by Ken Davidoff and George A. King III.