Posted July 30, 2018 at 06:02 AM | Updated July 30, 2018 at 06:43 AM
Kathy Willens | AP
By Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Marlins Rays Baseball
3-5, 4.31 ERA, 17 starts
Archer, 29, has been the target the Yankees have most often connected lately. The strongest, too. And it makes plenty of sense. Though they added J.A. Happ on Thursday, Archer has more potential; the Yankees desire front-ling starting pitching behind Luis Severino; and his contract has very affordable team options for 2020 and 2021.
Rays Orioles Baseball
5-8, 4.43 ERA, 21 starts
Gausman, 27, would fit the Yankees the way Archer might. Though he’s less accomplished than Archer, a two-time All-Star, Guasman is a former top prospect who has filthy stuff, including a high-90s fastball. Maybe the Yankees think Larry Rothschild can help him reach his potential? Gausman is controlled until 2021.
6-9, 4.57 ERA, 19 starts
Bundy, 25, was Baseball America’s No. 2 overall prospect going into the 2013 season. Suffice to say, he hasn’t lived up to the billing. Hard contact has been a big problem for Bundy in the majors and, this year, he’s giving up almost two (!!!) home runs per game. That’s not a good sign for anybody who could end up in Yankee Stadium some day, so we don’t expect that Bundy might actually don pinstripes. Still, he’s young, controllable and has upside — all things the Yankees (and so many other teams) appreciate.
.250 BA, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 97 G, 248 AB, .677 OPS
The Yankees don’t necessarily need a bat in Aaron Judge’s absence. But they’re reportedly peeking at the market. A right-handed bat that either plays the outfield or can slide into full-time DH would make sense. Don’t like Maybin’s overall numbers? How about that, in 21 games in July (17 starts), he’s got an .877 OPS? Better, right? He’ll be a free agent after the season.