Yankees could acquire Mariners Ace in a potential blockbuster trade this season

The New York Yankees are already one of the top teams in baseball, but if they could make an addition to the top of the rotation, they would be scary.

New York is a World Series contender, even if it isn’t at full strength yet this season. Soon, 2023 American League Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole will be back and give the rotation a much-needed boost.

Even now that Cole is back, the club could still use an addition. New York was linked to top players Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, but no deal was reached with either. The Yankees have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Miami Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo, but it is unclear if a deal can be completed.

Whatever happens, the Yankees will likely be in the market to boost the rotation in some way. ESPN’s David Schoenfield compiled a list of each team’s most likely trade piece and mentioned Seattle Mariners ace Logan Gilbert as an option to be moved, also pegging him to the Yankees.

“The Mariners haven’t looked good early on – still too many strikeouts on offense, mediocre defense, injuries in the bullpen and not enough starting pitching – so there’s a scenario where they have to fall below .500 by the end of July and president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto is starting to look ahead to 2025,” Schoenfield said. “Trading Gilbert, who is under team control through 2026 and whose contract starts to get expensive next season, could boost that by giving them the impact hitter. delivery that this setup desperately needs.

“In that case, you turn to the (Baltimore Orioles), (Chicago Cubs), Yankees and (Los Angeles Dodgers) as potential trade partners. If that’s a bit of a crazy idea, (Michale Arroyo) is a young infielder with potential but ranks behind both Cole Young and Colt Emerson on the organizational depth chart.”

New York will likely be connected in some way to every major pitcher available in the coming months, so don’t be surprised if a deal gets done.

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