Which trade targets make the most sense for the Yankees?

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The Yankees have to make moves at the trade deadline. Photo from New York Post.

There might be no bigger disappointment in the majors this year than the New York Yankees. They were expected to run away with the American League pennant, yet they can barely stay above .500. Of course, the club isn’t going to sit back and accept a down year. That’s why there are loads of Yankees trade rumors 2021 swirling around at the moment.

Of course, the Yankees have plenty of talent internally to turn things around and get back in the playoff hunt. But it should still be considered a given that the Yankees will be active in the trade market this summer, looking for any way to get a boost and start playing like a World Series contender.

Yankees trade rumors 2021

Unfortunately for the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees’ needs at the trade deadline will be numerous. Outside of Gerrit Cole, the starting rotation is an area of concern, especially with Corey Kluber on the IL. The good news is that the New York bullpen is solid, although there is always room for improvement.

Meanwhile, the Yankees could explore multiple trades to improve their everyday lineup. Outside of an occasional home run, the Yankees would love to get more out of the catcher position than they’re receiving from Gary Sanchez. The outfield, of course, is a far bigger concern with Aaron Hicks injured and Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier not cutting it. The Yankees might also have to consider the possibility of moving on from shortstop Gleyber Torres, who continues to underperform.

Yankees trade targets

Among the Yankees’ trade targets, Colorado shortstop Trevor Story could be at the top of the list. Story is one of several shortstops the Yankees could pursue this winter if they remain dissatisfied with Torres. Trading for him this summer while possibly shipping Torres to the Rockies is one possible route the Yankees could explore. 

In terms of outfielders, Joey Gallo could be a good fit for the Yankees. While he’s not having his best season, Gallo could do serious damage at Yankee Stadium as a left-hand hitting power hitter.

He also has experience playing all three outfield positions and both corner infield positions, so he could help fill an outfield position but move around bases on the team’s evolving needs.


Of course, there are plenty of other outfielders available. Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks could be both a short-term and a long-term solution for the Yankees, although he’ll come at a hefty price because he’s under a team-friendly contract. The likes of Starling Marte, Corey Dickerson, and David Peralta could also help the Yankees fill the void in their outfield.

Pitching-wise, the Yankees will likely look to make the biggest impact possible. Jon Gray of the Rockies is the best starter available if he’s able to come back from the IL healthy. Don’t overlook the possibility of a blockbuster trade involving both Story and Gray.

Short of that, Matthew Boyd of the Tigers, Kyle Gibson of the Rangers, and former Yankee Michael Pineda of the Twins would all fit the need the Yankees have for more depth in their starting rotation behind Cole.

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Bryan Zarpentine is a freelance writer and editor with most of his work focusing on the world of sports. He is a 2008 graduate of Syracuse University and still resides in upstate New York.

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