While the Yankees obviously want to upgrade their rotation, there is no guarantee that they will add any – even a significant piece like the San Francisco Madison Bumgarner or Cleveland Trevor Bauer. Therefore, they may also be interested in Arizona leftist Robbie Ray.
Tim Wilken, Diamondback's Special Assistant to General Manager, has been to Tampa, the scouting Yankees & # 39; Single-A team. Yankees and Arizona have done business earlier, for example, when the Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from Diamondbacks in spring training last year.
The 27-year-old Ray is 6-6 this season with a 3.96 ERA and has a high strikeout ratio, something the Yankees like.
But he does a lot of hitters and is hardly dominant, which means that the Yankees and GM Brian Cashman would undoubtedly make other improvements, either to their rotation or the bullpen even if they landed Ray, who also had an interest in Phillies.
"I think I said this before, we know we have the team right now to be good and we have a 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 look around every corner where there are opportunities to improve our club. Whether they come to the fruit or not, it remains to be seen."
But Boone does not hold the spirit of Cashman to do one move.
"Our job is here on the field and put our best foot forward," Sa Boone. "Sometimes you surprise yourself where you can improve your club. And it takes two tango to match. We'll see if something pops up in the next few weeks."
It will be largely determined by what Cashman decides before the trading day July 31
"We're going to target start ups and then keep trying to boost the bullpen," Cashman said on Friday's SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.
But Cashman doesn't want to make a move to just make a move and note that he expects all US league contestants to look different next month.
"Houston will be better," Cashman said. "Tampa will be better. Boston will be better. Minnesota will get better. Oakland will be better … Many of the players in the mix are in the same category of quality, so there will be a number of choices out there." 19659002] Supplements can also come from within, because the Yanks still expect Luis Severino to return from the long tribe that has blocked their season.
Cashman said the right-hander would be investigated on Saturday and could start a throwing program shortly thereafter.
He also admitted that Severino may not be fully built in time to be a full-time starter the rest of the way and he does not rule out using Severino out of the bull field, where the team still hopes that Dellin Betances will be in September.
Cashman added that Deivi Garcia, the prospect is only promoted to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, "drifts into the mix" with the Yankees.
Even opposing scouts also love the right handman, Cashman said he would not move Garcia for a rental that would be a free agent after the season.
"I can't foresee yet with confidence what will happen," Cashman says about the upcoming deadline.
Further reporting by Ken Davidoff and George A. King III