MLB Rumors: Yankees Could Lose All-Star Receiver To Rival AL Before Trade Deadline

Gary Sanchez is gone.

But what the New York Yankees have left at receiver isn’t exactly overwhelming.

Ben Rortverdt, acquired from the Minnesota Twins as part of the Sanchez deal, spent the season on the injured list.

Kyle Higashioka, who shared last season with Sanchez, is hitting .164.

Jose Trevino, acquired from the Texas Rangers in April, isn’t doing much better with an average of .236.

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So last week, Athletic’s Jim Bowden predicted the Yankees will trade for Chicago Cubs All-Star receiver Willson Contreras.

But when discussing “2022 trade delay deals that make sense,” MLB.com predicted Contreras could land with the Houston Astros.

With the Cubs’ playoff odds down nearly 2% and Contreras a pending free agent, he could soon be the last member of the 2016 World Series champions to leave Chicago. Assuming that happens, there should be several contenders for a two-time 30-year-old All-Star receiver who is having the best offensive season of his glittering career. The Yankees plan to come here, as they so often do. But the Astros are another obvious choice if they can come up with a suitable package from a farm system than MLB Pipeline. ranked 29th before opening day. Houston, trying to hold off the upstart Angels and clinch a top-two seed in the AL playoffs, has another great shot to get manager Dusty Baker that long-awaited World Series trophy.

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The Astros (31-18) sit first in the American League West with a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels (27-22).

As for the Yankees, this is not the first time they have been linked to Contreras. The Cubs wide receiver is a two-time All-Star and helped Chicago win the World Series in 2016.

This year, Contreras is hitting .264 with seven homers in 40 games.

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