It is no secret the Yankees are going to be buyers in the pitching department before the July 31 trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman would prefer to add a quality starter to shore up his questionable rotation come October.
But does he need to go after a reliever, too?
In the past, top contenders -- like the Yankees are at the moment -- would have paid a boatload to acquire a top reliever at the trade deadline.
A perfect example would be the Yankees' deals with the Cubs and Indians that sent away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in 2016. They were arguably the top two shutdown lefties in the game, and with both teams vying for a World Series, they paid a mint to get them from New York.
In turn, both sides were happy. The Yankees landed high-caliber players like Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and Justus Sheffield. The Cubs and Indians saw their World Series aspirations fulfilled with Chicago breaking their century-long drought in the end.
But those days of overpaying for only months of service from a top reliever is over. Just look at the Kelvin Herrera deal with the Royals. Only one highly-touted trade chip was in the deal, and as Chris Cotillo of Mass Live notes, teams don't want to trade away their big-name prospects for relievers anymore.
With that in mind, don't be surprised to see Cashman eyeing a reliever this summer. The Yankees have a ton of prospects that teams drool over, and adding another bullpen piece could truly put New York over the top.
If there were a need for a reliever, another lefty would be ideal, especially with the struggles from Chasen Shreve. The 27-year-old has a 5.19 ERA in 28 games this season, and recently, he has allowed five earned runs over his last seven outings.
The Yankees have been linked to the Padres' Brad Hand, as SNY's Andy Martino wrote recently. And across boroughs, Jerry Blevins could be on the market for the Mets as well.
It wouldn't be entirely necessary to add a reliever with a 2.75 combined bullpen ERA, which is why an additional starter appears imminent for the Bombers. But, if the price is right, Cashman could very well dip into his deep prospect pool and sure up his bullpen as well.