With the Yankees looking to bolster their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline, Madison Bumgarner is drawing "strong interest" from the Twins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The Twins, who have the best record in the AL, would be able to acquire Bumgarner without his consent since they are not on his no-trade list, according to Nightengale.
While the Yankees already in active trade talks with other teams, SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that they have so far been "lukewarm" on Bumgarner.
Aside from Bumgarner, other pitchers the Yankees have "some level of interest in" via trade, per Martino, include the Mets' Zack Wheeler, Toronto's Marcus Stroman, and Cleveland's Trevor Bauer.
Washington's Max Scherzer is also a possibility and the Yankees would do "whatever it takes" to get him, but it doesn't seem like he'll be available.
As far as Bumgarner, the 29-year-old is earning $12 million this season, after which he is eligible for free agency.
Bumgarner has had an up-and-down season, but showed flashes of dominance during his most recent start, striking out 11 in 6.0 innings while allowing two runs against the Rockies. Overall this season, Bumgarner has a 4.28 ERA (4.22 FIP) and 1.24 WHIP with 93 strikeouts in 96.2 innings (16 starts) this season.