Report: Yanks Talking Outfielder-For-Pitcher Trade With Indians

The Brett Gardner trade rumor train keeps rolling down the offseason tracks, gathering speed as it goes.  Via Jon Morosi, the Yankees are one of several teams talking to the Cleveland Indians about putting a trade together involving an outfielder and one of Cleveland's starting pitchers.  As Morosi points out, the Indians are dangerously light on quality MLB outfielders right now and won't have Michael Brantley at the start of next season.  They also have a very deep starting rotation, with 6 legit big league starters in the mix. If the Yankees are involved and the trade revolves around Cleveland acquiring an outfielder, of course it's going to be Gardner whose name comes up.  There's no way Cleveland would even entertain the idea of taking on Jacoby Ellsbury's contract.  But Gardner would be a good fit for them thanks to his well-rounded offensive skill set and ability to play center field.

With the Yankees openly looking to add more starting pitching, any of Cleveland's young starters would be a good fit.  Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco are the big prizes.  Yankee players and fans should be very familiar with Carrasco after his 2 stellar outings against them in a 10-day span this past August.  But the team could also take interest in the potential of younger guys like Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar.  One thing worth noting about all 4 of those pitchers- they all had home run problems last year.

The other teams mentioned in Morosi's report were the Dodgers and the Blue Jays, and to be honest the Dodgers are probably a better trade partner than the Yankees here because of their depth.  They could offer Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, or Scott Van Slyke.  The Yankees can offer Gardner and Aaron Judge.  It's not a bad option to pursue to add more starting pitching without spending "too much" money, but at first glance I'd call this a longshot for the Yankees.