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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 to look into Yu Darvish trade

The Yankees are very much in the market for starting pitching, and with the Texas Rangers likely becoming sellers, the Yankees may take a hard look at Yu Darvish, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
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The Rangers currently sit at 45-50, and as losers of five straight, the club looks like they are quickly becoming sellers. They currently sit 18 games out of the AL West, and 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. As for selling, it was reported yesterday that they were gaining interest in the services of Darvish, and the Yankees may become one of those potential suitors.

Darvish, who is set to turn 31 about two weeks after the trade deadline, was named to his fourth career All-Star team this year. Darvish has excelled since returning from Tommy John Surgery, as he is 6-8 this season with a 3.45 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a .220 batting average against, which ranks fifth in the American League.

The Yankees have also been linked to Sonny Gray of the Athletics as the A's have reportedly named their price for the 27-year-old starter. The Yankees are interested in the young righty due to his team control through 2019, but they are concerned with his injury history and past inconsistencies.

Brian Cashman was also in on Jose Quintana due to his durability but after missing out on him, they may look for a rental in Darvish who is set to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Cashman is certainly not willing to give up top prospects for a rental, so the asking price will become the determining factor in whether these talks gain any steam in the week and a half until the trade deadline. For now, this is something to keep an eye on.

Article by: Chad Raines