Brad Hand and Kirby Yates are among the San Diego Padres pitchers in which the Yankees have reportedly checked, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears.
The Yankees, who have been linked to Hand for over a week, have also been looking into starting pitcher Tyson Ross, according to Sherman.
The three Padres pitchers are among several names that have been brought up in rumors over the past couple of weeks. Orioles closer Zach Britton, Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ and Angels LHPs Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney have also been connected to the Yankees, who sit 4 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East at the All-Star break.
Hand, 28, has recorded 24 saves and a 3.05 ERA in 41 games with the Padres this season, striking out 65 batters in 44 1/3 innings. Yates, who has a 1.43 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season, could also add depth to the Yankees bullpen, which entering Sunday had the best ERA among all 30 teams.
The 31-year-old Ross, meanwhile, is 5-8 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 starts. although he had a 3.32 ERA heading into the month of July.