The New York Yankees aim to be busy bees at ahead of the July 31st trade deadline, and pitching is the name of the game. And while a capable starter ranks at the top of the list, a couple of relievers are coming into Brian Cashman's crosshairs as well.
Per MLB insider Jon Heyman, Baltimore's Zach Britton and San Diego's Brad Hand are among those the Bombers have their eyes on.
yankees are among teams with interest in Zach Britton. (also Brad Hand). others who'd make sense include: astros (had the deal which Baltimore killed last year), cubs, Indians, maybe dodgers, others.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 8, 2018
Britton is well-known to Yanks fans given that he's plied his trade in the AL East with the O's since his 2011 debut, but he's an intriguing case right now due to only recently returning from an Achilles injury sustained back in December. He has a 5.59 ERA in 10 appearances this season, very much in the "small sample size" zone.
Zach Britton, Filthy 94mph Sinker. 😷 pic.twitter.com/KRFWb7p1zM— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 16, 2018
Hand was an All-Star for the Padres last year, and has posted 24 saves and a 3.05 ERA over 41.1 innings on the year. He's striking out 13.3 batters per nine innings.
Both players will require a focused pursuit, as the Yankees are far from the only team with an eye in them. But we should never count out the guys in pinstripes when its time to take a great roster and make it even better. That's just what they do.