MLB insider reports that the New York Yankees could pursue two positions before the trade deadline, with four possible options.

Although the New York Yankees are among the top baseball teams this season, a World Series contender can always be improved. There are two positions that are supposedly emerging as the Yankees trade targets in 2024, even though the MLB trade deadline is just a few weeks away.

The good news is that Gerrit Cole will soon return to the squad, taking up the spot that Clarke Schmidt’s injury left in the rotation. Additionally, Aaron Judge and Juan Soto have led the Yankees’ lineup in 2024. Still, the Yankees roster currently has several glaring holes on it.

Prior to the MLB trade deadline, veteran MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports 1 first brought attention to the Yankees bullpen as an area the front management is looking to improve.

Teams do prioritise strikeout rates and other data to assess the long-term success of their bullpen, even though the ERA is in fantastic health. Though it’s obvious what New York needs, there is another position that might be on the Yankees’ trade list in 2024.

Rizzo is currently a major void in the Yankees lineup and isn’t helping New York in any way on defence. Therefore, an improvement will probably be sought, whether it involves bringing DJ LeMahieu up to first base and looking for a third baseman or just replacing him outright.

Finding possible trade targets for the Yankees

Mason Miller, the closer for the Oakland Athletics, will deservedly top most lists of potential trade possibilities for the Yankees. Though it’s unlikely that New York would give up its farm system for a reliever, we’re concentrating on other targets who would be more affordable.

Toronto Blue Jays: The 33-year-old reliever Yimi Garcia is in the final year of his contract, so the team shouldn’t hesitate to trade him inside the division. Among qualifying deliveries this year, Garcia has the eleventh-highest strikeout percentage (35.1%), and he is one of just five pitchers with an ERA under 2.1. He would be a great value addition to New York. Fernando Cruz, Reds of Cincinnati: Fernando Cruz has been among the top swing-and-miss relievers in baseball this season, much like Garcia. Mason Miller and the 34-year-old are the only two eligible pitchers with strikeout rates greater than 30%. Cruz’s walk rate is 11.5 percent, but he also keeps opponents’ batting average to 167 batting average. Plus, in addition to the multiple years of contract control, Cruz does a good job keeping the ball on the ground (32.1% groundball rate).

Christian Walker, Diamondbacks of Arizona The only reasons Christian Walker might be available are due to certain circumstances (the contract and the MLB standings). As of right now, Walker is a free agent this winter and the Arizona Diamondbacks are no longer in the running for the playoffs. Walker is in the 92nd percentile for Fielding Run Value and the 96th percentile for Outs Above Average. He has a higher OPS (.799) and wOBA (.349) than Pete Alonso. He is superior to Anthony Rizzo in every aspect. The Colorado Rockies’ Ryan McMahon: Ryan McMahon is one of the best players the Yankees should go for if they decide to make a major move. McMahon is ranked in the 97th percentile for hard-hit rate and the 98th percentile for average exit velocity under team control through 2027. That’s to say there’s even more untapped potential in his bat (.780 OPS) and the third baseman could reach another level with the Yankees.

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