The Yankees have been scouting Angels LHP Tyler Skaggs and LHP Andrew Heaney should Los Angeles decide to become sellers at the Trade Deadline, according to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.
Expecting to be in the playoff hunt all season, injuries have led the Angels to fall to 4th in the AL West, 14 games behind the division-leading Astros.
Given the dearth of options currently on the market, Skaggs and Heaney would interest the Yankees should either become available. Angels GM Billy Epler used to work for the Yankees, suggesting a relationship with Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office.
Skaggs, 27, is having the best year of his career. He is 7-5 with a 2.57 ERA/3.01 FIP over 98 innings with 105 innings.
Heaney, 27, is enjoying moderate success this season. He is 5-6 with a 3.84 ERA/3.79 FIP over 96 innings with 96 strikeouts.
Currently, the Yankees are rumored to be interested in Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ and Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer, though the latter would come at a substantial price as he is under team control through 2022 and the Tigers have no need to sell.
The Yankees are additionally pursuing Orioles 3B Manny Machado as well ahead of the July 31 deadline.