MLB Rumors: Yankees 'In Touch' With Indians Ahead of Trade Deadline

Dan Mennella
August 24, 2020 - 3:16 pm

The New York Yankees are reportedly in the market to add pitching before MLB's trade deadline next week -- and have spoken to at least one team about a possible swap.

The Bombers have had discussions with the Cleveland Indians, according to Andy Martino of SNY, who speculates that Indians flame-thrower Mike Clevinger could be on the move at the right price.

Clevinger, along with fellow Indians pitcher Zach Plesac, is currently relegated to the team's alternate site after breaking coronavirus protocols during a recent road trip.

That incident can't have endeared Clevinger to the Indians organization, but even that aside, moving him now -- while he's still under team control for two more years -- would comport with the team's general approach to payroll management, Martino reports.

Clevinger was due to see increases on his $4.1M salary in 2020 through the arbitration process. The right-hander had a tidy 3.20 ERA through 100 career outings until his suspension.

The Yankees, meanwhile, could use reinforcements in their starting rotation after James Paxton was shut down for a couple weeks due to a forearm injury.

In addition, there is "renewed speculation" about the Yankees acquiring Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, though Cleveland is more likely to consider offers for the superstar shortstop in the offseason, according to Martino.

The Yankees were considering alternative options at shortstop even before the now-injured Gleyber Torres struggled there, the report said, though Torres remains part of the Yankees' long-term plans.

The Red Sox and Phillies completed one of the first notable swaps of the period leading up to the trade deadline over the weekend, when Boston shipped relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to Philly in exchange for Nick Pivetta.