Yankees’ Brian Cashman could loot Pirates (again) before trade deadline, MLB insider says
If history is any indication, Brian Cashman could be ready to roll and trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the August 2 trade deadline.
After all, the New York Yankees general manager acquired right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pirates ahead of the 2021 season.
Cashman then picked up reliever Clay Holmes from Pittsburgh before the trade deadline last year.
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This year, Taillon is a big reason the Yankees have the best starting rotation in baseball, and Holmes has supplanted Aroldis Chapman as the team’s closest.
So it looks like Cashman could once again call on the Pirates for reinforcements. According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic:
The pirate received more calls from opposing GMs about the centre-back Bryan Reynolds over the past year than any other player in their organization. They listened to offers but never came close to a deal. That could change though. For example, if Aaron Hicks and Joey Gallo don’t start knocking, the Yankees just might overwhelm the Pirates with a bunch of prospects they can’t turn down. But the Pirates player most likely to be traded before the deadline is closer David Bednar, which has been dominant for the past two seasons. Bednar posted a 2.23 ERA in 61 relief appearances last season and this year has a 1.38 ERA and nine saves in 21 games with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings. The Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, Angels, Mets and Cardinals would all covet the 27-year-old right-hander.
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