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Rumor: Yankees’ early plans for MLB trade deadline, revealed

New York Yankees

As the MLB trade deadline is looming ahead, the New York Yankees are already aiming to emerge as notable buyers come Aug. 2.

According to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are “planning” to look for bullpen help in the coming months.

Heyman further lists multiple names “who could be available” at this season’s trade deadline, including a trio of former Yankees pitchers in Arizona Diamondbacks relievers Mark Melancon and Ian Kennedy, along with Chicago Cubs’ David Robertson. Both Melancon and Kennedy boast an ERA above 3.50 this season, while Robertson sits at a 1.66 ERA through 21.2 innings pitched.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has dealt with a multitude of injuries with his bullpen unit over the past months. Among them, Chad Green will not pitch again in the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier in the month, while Zach Britton’s status for the campaign is still up in the air after he agreed to the same operation last year. On the other hand, Aroldis Chapman is on the injured list due to an Achilles tendinitis ailment.

Still, the Yankees have continued to see multiple relievers rise to the occasion as of late. Their bullpen sports a 3.02 ERA so far in the campaign, which ranks at fourth in all of MLB. More so, all three Yankees relievers who have logged at least 20.0 innings pitched this year currently hold an ERA under 3.00, including Wandy Peralta (1.74).

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sure will have plenty of options to bolster his bullpen later this year.