Trade Rumors: Bumgarner, Stroman

With July 31 approaching quickly, the Yankees continue to pursue more pitching to bolster their run at the American League East and World Series. Jon Heyman says the Yankees are aiming for one starter and two relievers.

Here are the latest rumors:

Yankees “Aren’t Calling” About Bumgarner

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Despite pitching nine innings of one-run ball against the New York Mets just last night, the Yankees aren’t enamored with Madison Bumgarner, according to Andy Martino of SNY.

Bumgarner allowed a lot of hard contact in his strong outing, and the Giants recent play has left the team “genuinely undecided about trading ace Madison Bumgarner and reliever Will Smith this month,” per Martino. Simply put: “Bumgarner and Smith are not available at the moment,” says Martino.

Do the Yankees try to pry fellow lefty Tony Watson from the Giants in the meantime? Do the Giants relent and decide to sell closer to July 31?

If they do decide to sell, the Yankees “consider Bumgarner in a class below deadline targets Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Zack Wheeler,” according to Martino.

Yankees Bring “Significant Scouting Presence” to Watch Stroman

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Speaking of Stroman — the Yankees had what MLB Network’s Jon Morosi called “a significant scouting presence” in the Motor City to watch the right-hander’s outing against the Tigers.

The Yankees were one of eight teams to watch Stroman, though they showed up in force. Jim Hendry – the special assistant to GM Brian Cashman who pushed hard for the DJ LeMahieu signing – was in attendance to see seven shutout innings from the Long Island-native.

Stroman allowed six hits and recorded five strikeouts while retiring eight Tigers via ground ball outs. The Blue Jays cruised to a 12-to-1 victory. The Yankees are targeting Stroman since he’s a ground-ball pitcher who is under control through the end of the 2020 season.

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