The New York Yankees already have one of the best end-game combinations at the back of their bullpen, with left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman as the closer and All-Star strikeout machine Dellin Betances as the setup man.
However, with reports circulating that the rival Boston Red Sox (who the Yankees trail by 3.5 games in the American League East division midway through the regular season) are interested in acquiring Philadelphia Phillies reliever Pat Neshek, the Yankees are doing what they can to avoid being left behind.
Therefore, New York’s front office will take a long, hard look at some of the other relievers available on the market, and reports suggest the Yankees could find a trade partner in the National League West division.
According to the New York Post, the Yankees are looking into a potential deal for an All-Star reliever of their own – San Diego Padres left-hander Brad Hand. In fact, the report states, the Padres are also interested in a deal and have begun to scout New York’s triple-A squad:
“Judging by the Padres sending David Post to watch the Yankees’ Triple-A club, there is a sense in the industry the Yankees are interested in left-handed reliever Brad Hand,” the report reads.
“Post, a special assistant to Padres general manager A.J. Preller, has been following Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.”
With the second half of the 2017 regular season set to begin on Friday, the Yankees may want to make a move sooner rather than later to avoid falling even further behind the Red Sox in the standings.