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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Vincent Velasquez #67 of the Houston Astros throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on October 2, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Astros defeated the Diamondbacks 21-5. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Winter Meetings: Yankees interested in young righty Velasquez

The Yankees are continuing to try and wheel and deal after trading for Starlin Castro, according to the New York Post. GM Brian Cashman said he wants starting pitchers with three years of experience or less, and it appears their next target is Vincent Velasquez. The Astros righty had a 4.03 ERA in seven starts for Houston last season.

New York has been shopping closer Andrew Miller openly, and Houston needs bullpen help badly. The Astros can afford to give up starting pitching, where they have depth. Velasquez, 23, would be a bit of a risk because of the weak resume, but talent wise, he is a powerful arm. He had a 2-1 SO/BB ratio in 38 innings, with his fastball reaching the mid 90s. Scouting reports say he had the highest ceiling of all Astros’ pitching prospects, and that says a lot due to their depth.

This is the exact type of deal Cashman has wanted to make all offseason. Velasquez is a powerful, young arm that could potentially be a star for the Yankees. The one-two punch of Luis Severino and Velasquez could last a number of years if it all pans out. If both Houston and New York pull the trigger, it would benefit both sides. Now, Yankees fans, we wait.