​After recently conceding first place in the AL East to the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees may be gearing up to make a drastic move. 


According to reports, Hal Steinbrenner has indicated that the Yankees still have a "considerable" amount of dollars to spend this summer on a starting pitcher. This means that New York will be in on the many frontline starters currently on the market.

One of the many options the Yankees have is Texas Rangers starter Cole Hamels, whom the organization was rumored to be enamored with during previous months. Hamels has recorded a 4.05 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 102 innings this season, and those types of contributions would help solidify a Yankees rotation with many question marks. Hamels also is on an expiring contract, which is valuable because it means the Yankees would not have to give up top prospects in exchange for him.


Another option for New York is Toronto Blue Jay JA Happ. The 34-year-old veteran has pitched admirably in the tough AL East this year with a 4.03 ERA and 3.65 FIP, which makes him an even more attractive target. In fact, reports came out yesterday that the Yankees are a main player in the Happ market.

If general manager Brian Cashman decides to shoot for the moon, the Yankees may even consider going after one of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. It'd take a huge haul to pry one of these aces away from the New York Mets though, especially when one takes into account that the Mets and Yankees both call New York home.


It's gearing up to be a fun trading season this summer.