As it stands, the New York Yankees aren’t very interested in Yu Darvish — and there are some positives to that.
ESPN’s Buster Olney took to Twitter and reported the New York Yankees were not that involved in trade talks with the Texas Rangers about a potential deal for starting pitcher Yu Darvish. For Yankees fan, this is good news.
Yankees arent really that involved on Darvish.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2017
Darvish is in the final year of a six-year, $60 million contract. This season, the 30-year-old right hander will be a rental for a new team and will not be a cheap one to acquire. While the Yankees have expressed interest in rentals this season, they would have to be at the right price. The Yanks are willing to part with good prospects for players who will be under club control beyond this season and Darvish is not that.
The Yankees just recently traded for 31-year-old Jaime Garcia, who is going to be a free agent following this season. In exchange for Garcia, the Twins, who are eating part of the contract, received minor league pitchers Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns.
Sonny Gray is a name that Yankees fans have heard a lot lately. Gray is going to cost a top prospect, but unlike Darvish, he would be under club control until 2020. Gray is also 27, three years younger than the Rangers’ ace.
Darvish, who has been a high-end pitcher since coming to the States, will fetch the Rangers a nice haul. The Yankees are thankfully resisting the urge to give in and mortgage the future for just this season.
As Gray talks continue to heat up, be sure to look for the Yankees to make another move before Monday’s 4:00 p.m. trade deadline. Just don’t count on Yu Darvish being in pinstripes next week.