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Yankees Trade Rumors: NYY Checked on Marlins' Pablo Lopez, 'Found the Price High'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2022

Pablo Lopez (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees reportedly checked on the availability of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez ahead of Tuesday's 2022 MLB trade deadline.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported the Yanks "found the price high" on Lopez, who's compiled a 3.41 ERA across 21 starts for the Marlins this season.

New York doesn't feature a major need in its rotation, which makes the call about Lopez a bit of a surprise, though Heyman described it as a "pie-in-the-sky" idea.

The Yankees already added Frankie Montas in a blockbuster deal with the Oakland Athletics. He joins Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon as part of the starting staff. Domingo German and Luis Severino have been limited by injuries this year, but they could also be options down the stretch.

Lopez has been a reliable starter across five years in Miami. He's posted a 3.87 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 83 career appearances with 434 strikeouts in 448.2 innings.

While those are rock-solid numbers, they fall short of the ace standard the Yanks could justify paying a high price for to pair with Cole and Montas as part of an all-in World Series push.

Lopez endured one of his worst career starts Sunday, giving up 12 hits and six earned runs in just 2.2 innings against the New York Mets, but he said afterward speculation about his future wasn't a factor in the struggles.

"No, 100 percent not," he told reporters. "Obviously, rumors are just rumors. They're not a fact until something actually happens. If I told you that I haven't heard anything, I would be lying to you. But at the end of the day, my focus the last four or five days has been getting ready for today's start—preparation both mentally and physically to give my team a chance to win today."

While the Marlins have started to fade from the playoff race with a 47-56 record, the asking price for Lopez doesn't figure to fall before the deadline since he's under club control through the 2024 season via arbitration, per Spotrac.

Along with the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers have also engaged Miami in conversations about the 26-year-old right-hander, per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.

In both cases, Lopez is more of a luxury than a necessity, so it's uncertain whether either championship contender will be willing to meet the Marlins' demands.

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