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3 Yankees Starting Pitching Trade Targets You Probably Haven't Considered

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25: Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees were one of the front runners to sign veteran starter Dallas Keuchel, but the bearded wonder decided to head south and sign with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year deal.

That doesn't mean the Yankees have ended their search for a starting pitcher, and unless they acquire a Madison Bumgarner or someone of his ilk, GM Brian Cashman will have to be creative and go after some starters that don't immediately come to mind.

So, here are three starting pitching trade targets you probably haven't considered.

3. RHP Jeff Samardzija

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 02: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 2, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Baltimore Orioles | Will Newton

The last time Jeff Samardzija looked like a frontline starter was back in 2014 when he split time with the Cubs and A's. It's been a rollercoaster ride since then, but he's been pretty reliable for the Giants this season, posting a 3.61 ERA over 12 starts, including his last time out when he tossed six innings and allowed one run with six strikeouts. He's always boasted tremendous strikeout upside, though he's been known to get hurt by the long ball. Still, Shark could be a solid veteran pickup to improve a young Yankees team.

2. LHP Matthew Boyd

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 16:  Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Comerica Park on April 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates v Detroit Tigers | Duane Burleson

If the Yankees want to add another southpaw to the rotation to pair with James Paxton and J.A. Happ, Detroit Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd looks like the best option. Boyd began to burst on the scene last year, but he's backed up it once again in 2019 where he holds a 3.01 ERA and has 97 strikeouts over 77.2 innings. He was pretty dominant in his lone start at Yankee Stadium this year, striking out 13 batters across 6.1 innings. While the Bronx won't think fondly of that performance, they may flip the script if he ends up in pinstripes.

1. LHP Mike Minor

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 25: Mike Minor #36 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 25, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers | Rick Yeatts

Boyd has certainly had a nice season, but Texas Rangers left-hander Mike Minor has been equally great, owning a 2.55 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 81.1 innings. Minor is also under contract for 2020, so this wouldn't be a one-year rental for New York. It took him quite some time, but the former Top 10 pick is finally looking like the ace the Atlanta Braves envisioned. If he can continue his strong showing, this could be the difference-maker in the rotation for the Yankees.