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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, Athletics discussing Yonder Alonso trade

Per MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Yankees have heated up their talks with the Oakland Athletics over first baseman Yonder Alonso.  It was first reported yesterday that the Athletics had sent scouts to single-A Charleston to view Blake Rutherford, Estevan FlorialHoy Jun Park and Freicer Perez, and today it seems that talks are progressing, although nothing is imminent at this time. The Yankees have also previously expressed interest in other lefty first basemen, namely, Lucas Duda of the Mets, Justin Bour of the Marlins and Matt Adams of the Braves. 
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Alonso is having a breakout season for the Athletics (.268/.366/.555 with 21 home runs) and seemingly fits the Yankees present and future plans perfectly.  As a pending free agent at season's end, Alonso can walk and the Yankees can allow Greg Bird to reclaim the starting first base spot once he returns from his potentially season ending ankle surgery.  Youngster Garrett Cooper has looked good of late at first base, but bringing in Alonso would allow the Yankees to deploy a strong platoon at first base, with Alonso getting the lion's share of the work against right-hand pitchers while Cooper would start against lefties. 



Ideally, the Yankees would not part with one of their blue chip prospects unless this trade were to expand to also include A's ace Sonny Gray. With Alonso in the midst of a slump – 20 for his last 103 (.194) with just five home runs and eight runs batted in over his last 30 games - and set to be a free agent at season's end, he should not cost the Yankees a top prospect.  

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Article by: Andrew Natalizio

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