The trade deadline is six days away, the Yankees are in need of starting pitching help, and one of the top arms on the market has his eye on their potential pursuit.
Marcus Stroman, who the Blue Jays have been dangling in trade talks, recently liked a tweet about the fact that the Yankees and Jays had exchanged names in a potential deal. But that same tweet also said the Yankees view Stroman as a "mid-rotation" guy.
SNY's Andy Martino has reported that in addition to Stroman, the Yankees also have interest in Trevor Bauer, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Robbie Ray, and others.
The 28-year-old Stroman is under team control through the 2020 season, arguably making him more appealing than Wheeler, who is set to hit free agency after this season.
While the Yankees have cast a wide net, the odds of Bauer or Syndergaard getting dealt are viewed by most as slim. And the Yanks matching up with the Mets on a deal for Wheeler will be easier said than done.
That takes us back to Stroman, who has been one of the better pitchers in baseball this season, with a 2.96 ERA (3.52 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP with 99 strikeouts in 124.2 innings (21 starts) for Toronto.