The San Diego Padres have sent special assistant David Post to watch Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which has led some believe the Yankees are targeting reliever Brad Hand, according to the New York Post.
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported in June that the Padres asked Yankees about a possible trade for top prospect SS Gleyber Torres. San Diego sits in fourth place in the NL West and most around the league expect the team to be sellers around the deadline.
Hand, a first-time All-Star this year, has struck out 60 hitters in 47 innings this season, carrying a 2.30 ERA (2.79 FIP) and a 1.00 WHIP.
However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman would need a lot more than Hand if he were to give up Torres. Cashman declined to comment on Torres saying "teams are interested in a lot of our prospects."
Torres is out for the season after a rough slide into home during a Triple-A game tore his UCL in his non-throwing elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery to repair it.
The 20-year-old had been hitting .309 in 23 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.