Yankees' Updated Trade Targets with 2022 MLB Deadline Approaching
When a MLB team builds a double-digit lead in the division standings and has a winning percentage north of .700, things are generally going pretty well. That's the position the New York Yankees find themselves in as we approach the midpoint of the 2022 season.
That said, there's still work to be done fortifying the roster for the stretch run and a potential title run, so expect them to be as busy as anyone in the days leading up to the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
Adding another left-handed bat, ideally in the outfield, would make the most sense on the offensive side of things. And while the starting rotation has been excellent, the team is a bit thin on depth and it's fair to wonder how many innings Luis Severino has in the tank after his return from Tommy John surgery.
Ahead, we've highlighted four players who could address those areas of need.
OF Andrew Benintendi
The Kansas City Royals already pulled the trigger on trading one of their veteran pieces when first baseman Carlos Santana was dealt to the Seattle Mariners earlier this week, and that's likely just the start.
Outfielder Andrew Benintendi is as obvious a trade candidate as anyone in baseball with free agency awaiting this offseason and a strong start to the year.
The 27-year-old is hitting .303/.368/.391 for a 116 OPS+ in 304 plate appearances, and while he won a Gold Glove in left field last year, he's capable of handling all three outfield spots.
For what it's worth, the former Boston Red Sox top prospect also has an .823 OPS with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 30 career games at Yankee Stadium.
OF David Peralta
The longest-tenured player on the Arizona Diamondbacks roster, David Peralta is playing in the final season of a three-year, $22 million deal.
His .243/.311/.444 line is good for a 113 OPS+, and he has tallied 24 extra-base hits in 238 plate appearances while playing his usual solid defense in left field.
A former Gold Glove winner who also has a 30-homer season under his belt in 2018, Peralta is the type of seasoned veteran who can step into the middle of a pennant race without missing a beat.
The remainder of the 34-year-old's $7.5 million salary is also not a prohibitively expensive addition to the payroll.
RHPs Luis Castillo & Frankie Montas
Expect to hear Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas mentioned in the same sentence frequently in the days and weeks leading up to the deadline.
Both pitchers are capable of frontline production and are controllable via arbitration through the 2023 season, making them more than just a two-month rental.
"While Yankees starting pitchers led the American League in earned run average and WAR, Brian Cashman is going to make a run at Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas," wrote Peter Gammons of The Athletic in a recent article, while also confirming the Yankees have had preliminary talks with the Reds on Castillo.
Jameson Taillon has a long history of injuries, Nestor Cortes has never thrown more than 115 innings in any pro season, and Luis Severino will likely have an innings limit in his return from Tommy John surgery, so adding another impact arm makes plenty of sense.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate through Tuesday's games.