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3 Pitchers the Yankees Should Avoid at the Trade Deadline

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 02: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout after the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on June 02, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves | Logan Riely/Getty Images

While the New York Yankees have overcome tremendous odds to take the lead in the AL East, they still have glaring needs at pitching. There are plenty of routes for the Bronx Bombers to go, but will come at a hefty price, especially for some pitchers who aren't necessarily worth it.

Here are three pitchers who may be available that the Yankees should avoid at the trade deadline.

3. Matt Boyd

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JULY 13:  Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 13, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals | Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Matt Boyd is an interesting name on the market. Boyd is having the best season of his career so far in regards to his 3.95 ERA. Besides this season, Boyd has accumulated an ERA over 4.00. The Yankees have had negotiations with the Detroit Tigers in regards to the left hander, but the asking price has been exorbitant (i.e. Gleyber Torres). Boyd wouldn't solve the Yankees pitching woes heading into the postseason.

2. Zack Wheeler

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 07:  Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during their game at Citi Field on July 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets | Al Bello/Getty Images

Zack Wheeler has long been linked to the crosstown Yankees. After having a strong 2018 season, Wheeler's followed it up with a 4.69 ERA in 2019. What makes matters worse is Wheeler just hit the injured list with right shoulder fatigue. The Mets have reportedly sent Omar Minaya to scout prospect Deivi Garcia, and if that's the asking price, the Yankees should hang up the phone before it even rings.

1. Robbie Ray

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after giving up a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals | Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Perhaps no pitcher has gained more steam in terms of trade speculation than Robbie Ray. Teams like the Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Houston Astros have inquired with the Arizona Diamondbacks about Ray. While Ray cause batters to miss, he does lead the NL in walks (56) and has had trouble with his pitch command. Robbie Ray isn't worth the risk.