Because the baseball world waits on the Manny Machado commerce saga to play out, it seems as if Brian Cashman is conserving all choices open. In keeping with Jon Morosi, the Yankees have scouted the Los Angeles Angels upfront of the July 31 non-waiver commerce deadline.
It’s been a outstanding fall for the Angels, who obtained off to a blistering begin. Many noticed them as a postseason caliber squad. They now sit in fourth place, 14 video games out of first place. They continue to be 10 video games out of the second Wild Card, with three groups forward of them.
Accidents ravaged the membership, notably eradicating Shohei Ohtani from the rotation. Additionally they misplaced Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgical procedure final week. If the membership doesn’t have a path to contend, it is sensible to discover what your items may fetch. What precisely do the Angels have to supply, although?
Morosi identifies two pitchers as attainable suits for the Yankees: Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney, a pair of 27-year-old southpaws. Skaggs is within the midst of a profession yr. He’s pitched to a 2.57 ERA over 98 innings. His peripherals have been excellent, as effectively. The southpaw owns a 3.00 FIP and a career-best 9.64 Okay/9. He additionally generates a wholesome 47.9% groundball fee.
The query, in fact, is that if Skaggs can keep this degree of manufacturing. He’s pitching much more successfully than at another level in his profession. It helps that he’s wholesome for as soon as, and coming into his bodily peak. Which may be all there’s to it. There’s little in his pitch choice to indicate that he’s made any vital modifications.
Skaggs is a younger, controllable pitcher. He received’t attain free company till 2021. That makes him enticing, but in addition costly. He represents an intriguing goal, although. It’s price giving him a better look in a person put up.
Heaney, however, has pitched to a 3.84 ERA (3.79 FIP) over 96 innings. Like Skaggs, Heaney’s been harm susceptible for many of his profession. The excellent news is his strikeout fee’s up. He additionally strikes me as the kind of pitcher who may succeed with the Yankees’ anti-fastball method. Heaney has sturdy offspeed pitches, notably a curveball and changeup. Plus, he isn’t scheduled to hit free company till 2022.
On the draw back, Heaney tends to surrender residence runs. The 1.13 HR/9 in 2018 is definitely much better than his profession common. His total outcomes have additionally been lower than thrilling. Mix that together with his ugly harm historical past and one can see this as a undertaking commerce.
No proof exists that any negotiations are ongoing. This could possibly be due diligence. Skaggs pursuits me due to his newfound success. There’s so much to love. Heaney looks as if extra hassle than he’s price, although. The Yankees needs to be concentrating on impression arms, not tasks.