Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia Reportedly on Yankees' Trade Radar

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn walks off the field after being removed during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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With Monday's non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the New York Yankees are reportedly exploring several possible deals for starting pitchers, including Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins left-hander Jaime Garcia.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lynn and Garcia are on the Yanks' radar since the franchise considers the asking prices for Oakland Athletics starter Sonny Gray and Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish too high.

Heyman noted the A's asked for infielder Gleyber Torres or outfielder Clint Frazier in a deal for Gray and New York balked at moving either of them.

If the Yankees go for a rental, Lynn may be their best option considering how well he has pitched this season.

The 30-year-old veteran and 2012 All-Star missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he has bounced back this season, posting an 8-6 record, a 3.21 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 120.2 innings.

St. Louis is in the playoff hunt, though, as it trailed the Chicago Cubs by 3.5 games in the National League Central entering play Saturday.

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Garcia would also be a rental. On Monday, the 31-year-old was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Twins.

Minnesota has begun fading in the American League Central, however, falling behind the streaking Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.

Garcia owns a 5-7 record overall with a 4.29 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 119.2 innings.

The Yankees have a vacant spot in their rotation behind Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery.

Though they entered play Saturday leading the American League East by a half game over the Boston Red Sox, a solidified rotation would make the Bronx Bombers a more dangerous team to contend with down the stretch.

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