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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs New York Mets (7/20-7/22)

The Yankees enter the second half of the season with a 62-33 record, which has them slotted in second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox who are currently 4.5 games ahead with a 68-30 record to this point in the season. Following last year’s close encounter with the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees should definitely do their best to avoid the one game nightmare in this second half. The Yankees will begin this quest with a three game set against New York’s inferior team, the New York Mets. The Mets are currently sitting at the bottom of the NL East with a 39-55 record and the Yankees won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, signs which should indicate a Yankees’ series win. However, unfavorable pitching matchups could derail the Bronx Bombers in this Subway Series.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees expected to be in the market for Braves’ Matt Adams

About a week ago, FanRag writer Jon Heyman speculated that the Yankees could be in the market to acquire current Braves first baseman Matt Adams. In his article, Heyman discussed a trade proposal that would send Adams to the Bronx, and right handed pitching prospects Domingo Acevedo and Drew Finley to Atlanta.

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As of right now, Adams, 28, is in the midst of a career resurgence. He was always thought of as the odd man out while with the Cardinals, but the change of scenery upon his trade to the Braves has done him well. Overall, Adams is slashing .292/.339/.608 to go with 13 homers in 171 at bats with his new club. That is definitely the kind of production the Yankees could use in a position that has mostly been a black hole this year, and Adams would fare well in Yankee Stadium, due to the short porch and his left handed swing.

However, it should be noted that Adams’ hot streak may be misleading. His career high in homers is just 17, in 2013, and while his power may be legitimate (he is just 28 after all), it also may be a fluke. Adams has really never been a full time player in his career, so the Yankees should be weary of this.

As for the trade proposal, I have a hard time believing the Yankees would give up Acevedo in a deal for Adams. He was ranked as the organizations #14 prospect to begin the season, and has climbed from High-A to AAA in just half a season due to his dominance. He has the potential to be a top 10 organizational prospect, and even though Adams has another season of control, I don’t see the Yankees trading Acevedo for a player who has as uneven a track record as Adams does.

Article by: Alex Weir