Mike Minor
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The New York Yankees reportedly have expressed interest in Texas Rangers left-hander Mike Minor ahead of the trade deadline.

It seems the New York Yankees are adding to their list of possible trade prospects ahead of the July 31 deadline.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Bombers have expressed interest in Texas Rangers left-hander Mike Minor. The veteran starting pitcher is 8-5 on the year with a 2.86 ERA, 1.163 WHIP, 131 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 20 starts (129.0 innings pitched).

Minor, however, wouldn’t be a rental pitcher for the Yanks. He’s under his current contract through the 2020 season, carrying a base salary of $9.5 million for next year.

Along with Minor, the Yankees have also checked in on Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman and New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. Wheeler would be a rental most likely, as his current contract expires at the conclusion of this season.

Stroman, on the other hand, is eligible for arbitration this winter. Therefore, the Yanks would have him under their control through the 2020 season if they were to trade for him.

Despite the Yankees having the resources to definitely make a haul for either Stroman or Wheeler, it would be tough to get a trade deal done for either. The Blue Jays would be reluctant to ship one of their top pitchers to an inner-division rival. The same thing with the Mets, as they would be dealing one of their better guys on the mound to their crosstown rivals.

The deadline is a little over a week away. It’ll surely be interesting to see who lands where when that time comes.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.