The White Sox have had scouts following struggling Yankees prospect Dellin Betances over his last three starts and they are apparently “zeroing in” on trying to pry him away via a trade, according to Josh Norris of the Trentonian.
Betances entered the season as one of the Yankees top pitching prospects, but has really struggled this year posting a 5.59 ERA with a 8.8 K/9 and 7.3 BB/9 over 93.1 innings. That means it will be hard to get the value back for him that they might have during the winter.
It’s generally not smart to sell low on a guy like this, but if the White Sox see something in Betances they may be motivated to deal for him. If they are willing to make a strong pitch to the Yankees then they should pull the trigger.
The problem is that the Yankees and White Sox don’t exactly matchup well. Right now the White Sox are in 1st place and even if they don’t win the division it seems like they can capture one of the two Wild Card spots. Because of that it doesn’t seem likely that they would be willing to send any of their veterans over and it’s not like the Yankees are looking to stockpile prospects. They are going to want somebody that can contribute soon.
I’m not extremely well versed in the White Sox prospects, but the Yankees are probably going to be looking for an outfielder that is close to Major League ready to potentially replace Nick Swisher and there doesn’t appear to be one in the Sox system with most of their better prospects still at the Single-A level or below.
That doesn’t mean that they can’t get a deal done. It is possible that the Yankees and White Sox could find a third team to get involved in a possible deal.
That all seems unlikely. It very well could be that the Yankees and Sox do eventually make a deal but perhaps it happens during the offseason.