The Yankees will not be trading Dellin Betances before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, GM Brian Cashman said Friday on MLB Network Radio.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said Wednesday that looking to trade Betances in order to acquire a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season was something the Yankees should consider.
"Betances is under control for the same amount of time that Andrew Miller was a year ago - this season, plus two more. And actually, he's more affordable than Miller was," Rosenthal writes. "Maybe it's all talk, but the Yankees are adamant that they do not want to trade their top prospects, the ones who are closest to the majors or already on their club. Robertson could replace Betances as the setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman. And with Kahnle, the Yankees' bullpen still would be deeper than before."
Rosenthal suggested the Yankees could potentially acquire Athletics RHP Sonny Gray in exchange for Betances, while noting that every contender could use Betances.
Betances, 29, has a 2.87 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 59 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings (35 games) this season.
The Yankees' fifth starter spot has been a revolving door, with Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell the latest pitchers to get starts.
July 19: Trading Betances is surely an interesting proposition, but for some reason, I do not see it happening before the trade deadline. However, I could see a move in the offseason in an effort for the Yankees to replenish the system, especially if they use prospects to acquire a starter before the deadline.
I would think that the Yankees will want to see as much of Robertson and Kahnle as possible before shuttling Betances. Even if the Yankees add a starter before the deadline, not many of the rotation members pitch deep into games and Betances being a part of the bullpen aids that.
Further, Betances has been somewhat sketchy in recent weeks, which might have diminished his value some, making the offseason a better opportunity.