MLB Trade Rumors: The New York Yankees are in desperate need of some outfield help. It’s impossible to replace Aaron Judge, but they do need some more ammo. Last year they traded with the St. Louis Cardinals and acquired Harrison Bader. Alongside him they are currently relying on Billy McKinney, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Oswaldo Cabrera.
Per Mark Feinsand, it is possible that the Yankees and Cardinals swing another trade. This year the player being named is switch hitter Dylan Carlson.
Per source, another outfielder has surfaced as a potential Yankees trade target: Dylan Carlson. The Cardinals announced earlier today that Tyler O’Neill would take over the LF job upon his return from the IL, so a trade of the switch-hitting Carlson wouldn’t be surprising.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 18, 2023
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson drawing interest from the New York Yankees (MLB Trade Rumors)
Once a top prospect in the Cardinals farm system, Dylan Carlson has been near average offensively at the major league level. Through four seasons he has a 103 OPS+ and a career .246/.343/.401 slash. He finished third in rookie of the year voting in 2021 but has failed to put together healthy seasons following that.
When the Yankees acquired Harrison Bader a season ago they gave away Jordan Montgomery. At that time Bader had 1.5 years of team control remaining and the Cardinals were looking to add pitching as they pushed for the playoffs. This year the Red Birds are out of it, the Yankees are desperate to keep pace in the tough AL East, and Dylan Carlson will cost them much more.
2023 marks the final year of pre-arbitration for Carlson. After that he is under team control through the 2026 season. If this rumor is true and the Yankees want him they will have to be willing to give up more than they did for Bader last year.
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