The Yankees were amongst the teams scouting Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill last week, according to the San Francisco Courier.
Amongst the other teams with scouts who are taking a look at Hill are the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hill is currently posting a 2.31 ERA, a career-best for seasons where he has had five or more starts. In 70 innings pitched he has given up 18 runs, thrown 80 strikeouts and has a WHIP of 1.114. His opponent batting average of .206 would be the best amongst all Yankee starters.
What the Yankees would have to give up to acquire Hill is unclear, but the fact they are interested at all indicates a possibility of them being "buyers" rather than "sellers" at the trade deadline despite being under .500. Yankees management says they have not made a decision about their roster strategy moving forward and will evaluate later in the season.