Sport MLB rumors: Yankees have checked in on Trevor Story; Mariners in the mix for Adam Frazier

03:58  24 july  2021
03:58  24 july  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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Trevor Story , SS, Rockies: Story will take the field hoping for an upset win that could serve as something of a Chicago has been tied to both Diamondbacks infielder Eduardo Escobar and Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier in recent weeks. Teams other than the White Sox are certainly also in the mix for Story , so Rockies Place Trevor Story On 10-Day Injured List, Reinstate Matt Adams .

The Yankees have a few high-upside pitchers who could earn regular rotation jobs behind Gerrit Cole and Kluber, at least until Luis Severino recovers from his February 2020 Tommy John surgery. That leaves essentially no wiggle room for further additions if the organization is committed to staying below the first tax threshold of 0MM. With that in mind, Olney suggests the Yankees could look to move reliever Adam Ottavino, who has a matching MM salary and luxury hit in the final season of his contract.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just one week away, July 30. There have been a few moves of late -- including one Friday that sent Rich Hill from the Rays to the Mets -- but the heavy lifting is to come this week. That means there will be tons of rumors as we wait for the hammer to fall. Let's check out the latest.

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Yankees have checked in on Story

The Yankees are among the teams to check in on Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. New York would presumably put Story at short, move Gleyber Torres back to second base, and play DJ LeMahieu at first base while Luke Voit is injured.

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The Yankees 2020 season was a success by most measures – except for the 2nd-place finish behind Tampa Bay. The Rays took them out in the postseason as well, which was particularly galling with a payroll that (for a full season) floated around 5MM. While it’s not fun to consider the possibility of losing LeMahieu, they could probably withstand his departure, especially with Clint Frazier looking like a viable starting outfielder. Not to diminish LeMahieu’s importance – he is the batting champ, after all – but the Yankees would otherwise return most of a crew that scored the 4th-most runs in the majors

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Story, 28, will be a free agent after the season and he's still owed approximately $7 million this year, which will push the Yankees over the $210 million luxury tax threshold. Either the Yankees will have to pay luxury tax to accommodate Story, or they'll have to convince Colorado to eat money. New York has few candidates to head to the Rockies to offset that much salary.

Not surprisingly, Story is a popular target, with as many as 6-8 teams in the mix. He's having a bit of a down year but has a strong track record as an all-around star who hits for impact and plays strong defense. Our Dayn Perry broke down the Story situation earlier this week.

Mariners interested in Frazier

The Mariners are looking for infield help, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and their search includes Pirates' All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier.

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Still, he’s had a hard time cracking a loaded Yankees outfield. Due to his immense power potential, the 25-year-old has long been rumored as a potential trade candidate. Thus far, the organization has expressed little interest in giving him up. Given the club’s competitive outlook, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name floated in rumors again this season. Yesterday’s demotion doesn’t suggest the organization has soured on Frazier long-term, but it does underscore the difficulty for him in carving out an immediate, significant role in the Bronx.

The Yankees have reached agreement on a minor- league contract with righty Adam Warren, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). He’ll receive an invitation to MLB camp as a non-roster invitee. It’s a two-year arrangement, MLB .com’s Mark Feinsand notes on Twitter, which recognizes the The contract includes a 0K salary in the event that Warren is able to earn his way onto the big league roster. He can also pick up another 0K in incentives based upon appearances. The deal includes an August 28th opt-out clause, Rosenthal adds, which perhaps suggests that Warren is hoping to rehab

Frazier, 29, is hitting .327/.390/.453 (131 OPS+) with 27 doubles, four triples, four homers, 31 RBI, 55 runs and five steals so far this season. He leads the majors with 122 hits and has already hit a career high with 3.1 WAR.

Even if you don't buy the Mariners as having staying power, grabbing Frazier now would be a justifiable move, given that he's under team control through next season. In the immediate future, though, upgrading second base from Dylan Moore (.187/.273/.360) is certainly a need and Frazier would look great atop that order, setting the table for the likes of Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager. It would also enable the Mariners to move J.P. Crawford down in the order to help him work out of his recent slump.

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