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Sport Report: Yankees had interest in Tigers SP Tarik Skubal before trade deadline

07:40  08 august  2022
07:40  08 august  2022 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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The Yankees had interest in the Tigers’ Tarik Skubal prior to the deadline, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports. Given how aggressively the Yankees were looking for pitching help, it isn’t surprising that they at least checked in on a talented and controllable arm like Skubal, who isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2026 season.

Aug 1, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Aug 1, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field.

Skubal ended up not being dealt anywhere, as while the Tigers were open to offers for “just about everyone” in the wake of a massively disappointing season, it would’ve naturally taken a huge trade package to obtain a pitcher that still looks like a significant part of Detroit’s present and future.

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As poorly as 2022 has gone for the Tigers, they aren’t likely to abandon their plans to contend and immediately re-enter another rebuild phase, especially not with a lot of money already committed to such players as Javier Baez and Eduardo Rodriguez. Since Skubal’s strong performance has been one of the few bright spots of Detroit’s season, moving Skubal might be just about the last thing the Tigers would do, so the Yankees’ pursuits might be limited to just monitoring the situation should plans change. Of course, New York landed a big arm at the deadline anyway in Frankie Montas.

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