BOSTON — The Rays’ acquisition of Nelson Cruz from the Twins on Thursday obtained Aaron Boone’s consideration.
“He’s a wrecking machine,’’ the Yankees supervisor stated of the slugger whom the Rays acquired (together with a minor leaguer) in alternate for a pair of prospects. “He’s an incredible hitter, clearly, nonetheless. He’s over 40 now and remains to be nearly as good as ever.”
Cruz, who turned 41 this month, hit his twentieth homer of the season — and first with the Rays — on Friday.
He joined a Tampa Bay workforce that trails the first-place Pink Sox by one recreation. The Yankees will head to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a key three-game collection, starting on Tuesday.
“It makes them, definitely offensively, that rather more potent and harmful,’’ Boone stated earlier than the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Pink Sox. “It offers them slightly completely different component with a deadly right-handed energy bat. He’s an elite offensive participant. Add that to a extremely good workforce and it makes them even more durable.”
The commerce deadline is per week away and the Yankees have loads of wants.
They’ve been on the lookout for outfield assist for a lot of the season — particularly since Aaron Hicks was misplaced for the 12 months following left wrist surgical procedure.
That has prompted them to rely closely on Brett Gardner, and due to the absences of Aaron Decide, Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and others, they’ve needed to name up a military of outfielders from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Put up’s Joel Sherman reported that one of many Rangers’ high scouts watched some Yankees prospects at Excessive-A Hudson Valley on Tuesday, and the Yankees have lengthy been all for Texas star Joey Gallo.
The Yankees have inquired about Minnesota’s Max Kepler, with the Twins in full promote mode.
The Marlins’ Starling Marte can also be out there and of curiosity to the Yankees. In contrast to Kepler and Gallo, nevertheless, Marte is right-handed and the Yankees already lean closely in that route.
Hal Steinbrenner appears decided to remain beneath the $210 million luxurious tax threshold and the Yankees are just a few million shy of that mark.
Requested if believed the Yankees would make a transfer earlier than the deadline, Boone stated Friday, “We’ll see. I do know [general manager Brian Cashman] and people guys [in the front office] across the clock are having these conversations with everybody. We’ll see the place these subsequent a number of days lead us.”