BOSTON – the Yankees appear to be in some sort of buy mode with the trade deadline within a week.
Late Thursday night, the team was still in contact with the Miami Marlins on center fielder Starling Marte, the Minnesota Twins on outfielder Max Kepler and Colorado Rockies on shortstop Trevor Story, two sources told NJ Advance Media. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak in public.
The Yankees also focused on adding pitching, the sources said.
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Minnesota’s asking price on Kepler has been sky-high, suggesting the Twins may not seriously consider selling the 28-year-old, one of the sources said.
Kepler – a left-handed hitter – would help balance the Yankees’ roster, which is heavy on the right when in good health. Kepler is make $ 6.5 million this season and wouldn’t be a free agent until at least 2024, when his contract has a squad option.
He’s hitting .219 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 63 games and could move on to left field, where the Yankees need help.
Marte would help solve the Yankees’ center field problems. Brett Gardner and Estevan Florial were disappointing at the post with Aaron Hicks (wrist surgery) for the season. Marte, 32, reached 0.289 with seven bombs and 23 RBIs in 59 games for the Marlins. He earns $ 12.5 million but will be a free agent at the end of the year.
An addition to Story would allow the Yankees to push Gleyber Torres back at second base, where he was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019, and that would make them one of the best defensemen in the game in that position. Story will be a free agent after this season. He touched .243 with 11 homers, 43 RBIs and 17 interceptions with a .739 OPS in 82 games. He is a two-time All-Star who finished 11th in the National League MVP vote last year. He owes the remainder of his $ 18.5 million salary and will be a free agent after the season.
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