With the trade deadline approaching swiftly, every team is doing their due diligence of scouting farm systems across the country. As for the Yankees, they've certainly being putting in the extra hours as GM Brian Cashman is looking to make a splash with a preference in the pitching department.
The Giants have also been doing their homework, and the Yankees' farm system is at the top of their list. In fact, they have their eyes set on one particular prospect.
Right-handed hurler Albert Abreu reportedly impressed the Giants when they took a look at the Yankees' lower-level farm teams, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Abreu is the Yankees' third-best prospect, according to MLB.com, and he is sporting a 4.28 ERA over 48.1 innings with High-A Tampa this season.
One source even told Kuty that "if you squint hard," Abreu has the likeness of current Yankees' ace Luis Severino. The 22-year-old still has ways to go to reach that level, especially with control issues being the root of his problems at the moment. He has also been on the DL since Jun 30.
So why does any of this matter? The Giants do have some arms to offer Cashman if he so chooses. Veteran righty Jeff Samardzija was mentioned to the Yankees as being for sale, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. However, he may not be the best option as he hit the DL with shoulder inflammation before the All-Star break on Sunday. He also owns a 6.25 ERA after his first half.
But there is also Derek Holland, who could be the preferred lefty the Yankees desperately need with CC Sabathia the only southpaw in the rotation. The 31-year-old owns a 4.09 ERA over 101.1 innings this season, and if the Yankees aren't satisfied with his performance barring a trade, he will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Finally, there is the slight chance the Giants could go full-sell mode and put stud lefty Madison Bumgarner on the market. The Yankees have more than Abreu to offer in their system, and considering Bumgarner's lights-out performances in the postseason, it could be Christmas in July for Cashman.
Time will tell what transpires with this report, but time is also running thin for every team looking to either bolster their roster for the second half or fill up on prospects for next season. Manny Machado may be off to the West Coast, but the Yankees' coveted pitcher could be making a trip east if the Giants are willing to make it happen.