With the trade deadline a mere two weeks away, the Yankees have started to put together their trade wish list. But their main target will be a tough get, especially since the Cubs are reluctant to part from him.
The Yankees have Cubs infielder Kyle Schwarber on the top of their trade list, but as of yesterday, the Cubs have been extremely reluctant to part with the 23-year-old.
Schwarber won’t be able to help the Cubs this season as he tore is ACL the first week of the 2016 season and if the Yankees are successful in acquiring Schwarber, they won’t see what he’s capable of until next season. However, the Yankees think Schwarber’s power and Yankee Stadium will be a perfect fit. Schwarber plays catcher and left field, but with Brian McCann and Brett Gardner currently manning those positions, it’s more likely the Yankees would slot Schwarber as the DH.
“Cash thinks he can hit 50 home runs there,” a source told the New York Post, which alludes Schwarber’s lefty power and the Yankees short porch in right field.
The Cubs have been scouting Yankees relievers Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller but the Cubs asking price hasn’t been high enough for the Yankees to consider parting with the three of them. The Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals are also scouting the relievers as they hope to bolster their teams for the upcoming postseason race.