The Yankees have the look of buyers as the trade deadline nears, and have reportedly been in talks with teams about upgrading their outfield and shortstop positions, according to NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty.
Per the report, the Yanks have remained in contact with Derek Jeter’s Marlins regarding center fielder Starling Marte, considered to be one of the better outfield trade options ahead of the deadline. But New York has also been in contact with the Twins regarding outfield Max Kepler, as well as the Rockies for All-Star shortstop Trevor Story.
An ESPN report also linked the Yankees to Story, who is a free agent at the end of the season, but at 28 years old, would be a longer term option given his elite defense. He is batting .243 with 11 home runs and a .739 OPS this season, but in his last full season, smacked 35 homers and posted a .917 OPS.
A deal for Story would move Gleyber Torres to second base, where he enjoyed much more success earlier in his career before replacing Didi Gregorius as the full-time shortstop.
Marte would represent a massive upgrade for the Yanks in center field. He is batting .289 with seven home runs and an .833 OPS, much better than what the team has been getting from Brett Gardner. Marte, 32, will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Kepler, 28, is signed through 2024, and would bring a lefty bat that the Yankees are currently lacking. He is batting .219 with 12 home runs and a .764 OPS so far this season, but his bat has picked it up of late, hitting six home runs with a .982 OPS in the month of July.
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