With Dallas Keuchel no longer an option for the Yankees as they look to bolster their pitching staff, the trade market presents the best opportunity for them to upgrade.
According to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff, the Yankees have already checked in with AL East rival Toronto regarding right-hander Marcus Stroman. Additionally, they've been scouting the Giants' Madison Bumgarner.
In 14 starts this season, Stroman has a 3.31 ERA and a 3.75 FIP. The normally durable Stroman missed nearly half of last year, but taken the mound every five days in 2019.
Bumgarner's contract includes a provision that could strike down any potential deal to the Yankees, but the team seems intent on doing their due diligence for a player who is a proven postseason commodity. The southpaw is 3-5 with a 4.05 ERA over 13 outings this season.
Staff ace Luis Severino is on the mend and is targeting a return close to the All-Star break. But the banged-up Yanks were dealt another blow when they placed Domingo German, who had been a revelation on the mound this season, on the injured list with a hip flexor strain.
Davidoff also mentioned Toronto's Aaron Sanchez and Texas' Mike Minor as potential options for the Yankees.