The New York Yankees are interested in Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Monday.
Looking to add a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline, the Yankees sent vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring to observe the 28-year-old’s start Sunday in Cincinnati.
Bauer allowed one run on our hits and struck out nine batters in seven innings in an 11-1 victory, his fourth win in his last five starts. The 2018 All-Star is 8-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 20 starts this season.
Even though the Indians would hold the second American League wild-card spot if the season ended today, Rosenthal said a deal “is not out of the question … particularly if they acquired Major League help in return.”
Cleveland needs outfield help and could be interested in reacquiring Clint Frazier. The Indians drafted him with the fifth overall pick in 2013, but sent him to New York in the July 2016 trade for left-hander Andrew Miller.
Rosenthal said the Yankees are reluctant to give up Frazier with four years of control remaining in exchange for a pitcher with only one, such as Bauer or the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman.
Bauer reached the All-Star break with a career record of 67-53 and a 3.90 ERA in eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2012) and Indians.
Frazier, 24, is batting .283 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 53 games with the Yankees this season.
–Field Level Media