On Tuesday, it was reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal the A's are looking to trade three veterans: Jurickson Profar, Josh Phegley and Blake Treinen.
It turns out the Yankees reportedly are interested in Treinen, Rosenthal reported Friday:
#Yankees one of teams interested in #Athletics’ Blake Treinen, sources tell The Athletic. Wrote Tuesday about OAK’s willingness to move Treinen and other non-tender candidates. https://t.co/f5wHdir05C— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2019
It goes without saying the Yankees could afford the 31-year-old reliever, who has a projected arbitration value of $7.8 million. The A's probably wouldn't pay that price, especially given Treinen is coming off a difficult season.
His 2019 campaign was a shadow of the man he left behind in his previous All-Star selection season.
He finished with a 4.91 ERA with a 1.619 WHIP in 58.2 innings. The season prior? A 0.78 ERA (you read that correctly) and 100 strikeouts in 80.1 innings along with a 0.834 WHIP.
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In that breakout 2018 season, he was in AL Cy Young Award and MVP talks -- a far cry from what he tabled recently.
Liam Hendriks took over as the A's closer in 2019, which only adds to why Oakland would be looking for a trade partner for Treinen.