4 underrated targets (and mock trades) to bolster Yankees' lineup before trade deadline

These four trade targets could help cure the Yankees' offensive struggles.
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Zach McKinstry

Although the Detroit Tigers are only 4.5 games back of first place in the AL Central, they’re nine games under .500 and still in the midst of a rebuild. If Detroit decides to sell at the trade deadline, Zach McKinstry would be one of the more attractive players potentially on the move.

McKinstry has played every defensive position besides first base and catcher this season, and he’s played at a high level across the diamond and outfield. Despite a sluggish start to his career at the plate, McKinstry is a just-below-league-average hitter this year (98 wRC+).

Propelled by career bests in Barrel% (66th percentile) and plate discipline (59th percentile K%, 77th percentile BB% and 77th percentile Whiff%), McKinstry is turning himself into a formidable offensive player, especially with his speed. 

McKinstry’s 10 stolen bases and 2.1 BsR would both be second on the Yankees behind Anthony Volpe, while his 28.5 feet/second sprint speed would be tied with Volpe for second behind Harrison Bader.

This season, the Yankees have tried using Isiah Kiner-Falefa in a super-utility role, but he’s provided nothing more than being a replacement-level player. By acquiring McKinstry, the Yankees would have a true super-utility asset, and he’s under club control through the 2027 season.

Mock trade:

Yankees acquire: Zach McKinstry

Tigers acquire: Oswaldo Cabrera and Will Warren (Yankees No. 7 prospect)