Yankees should explore deal to add reliever(s) from San Francisco Giants
By Jon Butensky
With Dellin Betances not returning anytime soon due to a recently diagnosed low-grade lat strain, the Yankees may need some reinforcements in the bullpen. Due to their current place in the standings, the San Francisco Giants may be just the team to provide a suitable reliever or two.
The Yankees and Giants have been connected in trade rumors of late in regards to Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner. While this is certainly a realistic possibility, it may not be a bad idea to explore trading for one (or two) of the bullpen arms that the Giants have to offer.
As expected, San Francisco hasn’t been very good so far during the 2019 season. As of June 14th, the Giants are 28-38 – dead last in the NL West and the second-worst record in the NL besides the Miami Marlins (24-42).
On the Yankees front, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provided the latest about righty Dellin Betances on Tuesday:
Long story short: Betances isn’t returning any time soon.
If there are any positives to this down year for the Giants, it’s the success of their relievers. The San Francisco bullpen currently owns a 3.78 ERA – the fifth lowest in all of baseball. With the Giants most likely out of contention, it can’t be hard to imagine that the team would be willing to sell their ‘pen arms, included or not in any Bumgarner deal.
Here are some of the potential arms that could be of interest to the Yankees.