It seems that the New York Yankees are intending to make a transaction prior to the trade deadline. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays are poised for an ‘all-out bidding war’ for Detroit Tigers’ David Price.
While general manager Brian Cashman has stated that there is a strong possiblity that the Yankees do not make a move at the trade deadline, the previous reports prove otherwise. The Tigers are currently placed fourth in the American League Central; the organization is 13.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals.
It could be interpreted that the Tigers are ready to become primary sellers for the trade deadline. Key component, and prized possession, Price will become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season, proving to be a prime rental piece for any team.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has been vocal about the Detroit team making the playoffs, but with each loss it seems less likely. The team is currently 4.5 games behind for the second wild card spot in the American League.
If the Yankees were to enter the bidding war with the Dodgers and Blue Jays, it would have to interpreted that they could be intending to deal one of their top prospects, a move Cashman has stated he does not intend to do.
While the Dodgers have recently acqurired Mat Latos, and the Blue Jays made a tremendous acquisition in Troy Tulowitzki, Yankees fans continue to wait to see if their beloved team will make a transaction prior to the deadline.
Additional trade candidate is Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels. The Yankees have been linked to Hamels throughout the year, but specifically around the deadline. If the Yankees do intend to go all in, they should be serious about pursuing two top pitchers in Price or Hamels.
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