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MLB Rumors: New York Yankees seek trade for starting pitching, third baseman

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The New York Yankees are still managing to hang around in the standings in the American League East. That is the case despite some struggles with health and effectiveness on their roster, especially in the starting rotation.

Some executives feel that the gig will be up soon for the Yankees, citing a lack of starting pitching and some holes in the infield. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report writes that because that is the case, the Yankees are shopping for starting pitching and third base deals as the trade deadline approaches:

The Yankees need at least one starter in July, if not a couple, and the Yangervis Solarte fable has run its course. They’re shopping for a third baseman as well, according to sources. They just don’t have many prospects to deal.

That jives with most of the trade talk involving the Yankees in recent weeks. General manager Brian Cashman has been forthcoming about the fact that the Yankees are working the phones and looking to make deals. In a report on Tuesday morning the Yankees were then linked to interest in Padres’ third baseman Chase Headley.

It seems like these trade talks ought to reasonably be placed in two categories. On the one hand the Yankees, a team admittedly short on prospects, could realistically land Headley in a buy-low deal to improve an infield that is, at the very least, shoddy on paper. On the other hand they will likely have to stretch their resources in a big way to land pitching, which is their bigger area of need.

One thing is certain: the Yankees will be aggressive. Just how aggressive they can be, however, might be restricted by what they have to offer in a deal.

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