With the Detroit Tigers being nine games behind the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central division, they could be preparing to part with two players that will become free agents at the end of the year: Yoenis Cespedes and David Price.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said the team has yet to reach a final decision but sources inside and outside the organization says the Tigers will sell unless owner Mike Illitch intervenes with a “veto.”
While it seems highly unlikely for the Yankees to go after Yoenis Cespedes (the Yankees already have Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Carlos Beltran, Chris Young and Garrett Jones as players who can play in the outfield), you do have to wonder whether or not they’ll be tempted to go after David Price.
Price would fit the Yankees rotation needs but it would seem unlikely for the Yankees and Tigers to get a deal done without the Yankees forking over Luis Severino or Aaron Judge. Yesterday afternoon, Brian Cashman told the media he wasn’t planning on dealing Severino, Judge, Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird, and it was likely the team would stay pat through the trade deadline. But with the Tigers announcing they’ll most likely deal Price, it could be possible the Yankees are intrigued–but only if the price is right.