If there’s one season that drives baseball fans crazy, it’s ‘Hot Stove’ season. Right before the midseason trade deadline and the offseason, fans hang onto every rumor with hopes that their favorite team will bolster their roster for a potential playoff run.
For today’s ‘Hot Stove’ rumor, the Yankees and Oakland Athletics have discussed potential trade scenarios which would bring first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Bronx. There’s no indication that the talks will flourish into an actual deal, but a deal for Alonso would make sense for the Yankees. The Yankees are currently looking for a first baseman after starter Greg Bird announced he would miss 6-8 weeks with an ankle injury. Bird spent more time on the disabled list this season than on the field, which even caused controversy when an unknown Yankees executive questioned Bird’s work ethic.
Yesterday the A’s had scouts look through the Yankees organization in case there was traction for a potential deal. Other first baseman that could end up on the Yankees radar are Lucas Duda and Matt Adams.
The Yankees have also shown interest in A’s starter Sonny Gray, although it’s unclear if he’s been a focal point in negotiations. With Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and possibly Masahiro Tanaka in their walk years, the Yankees want a controllable starter into the foreseeable future. However, there will be plenty of competition for the right hander.