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Report: Yankees called Giants to inquire about Gausman

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USA Today

The Giants, winners of seven straight games, might not be sellers at the MLB trade deadline, but that's not stopping teams from calling.

SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday, citing league sources, that the New York Yankees called the Giants about right-handed starter Kevin Gausman.

The Giants signed Gausman to a one-year, $9 million contract during the offseason, and a week ago, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi almost certainly was going to trade Gausman.

But the Giants (15-16) have played themselves into the NL postseason race, and currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot after walking off the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-8 in 11 innings Tuesday.

But if Zaidi decides to trade a few pieces before next week's deadline, Gausman could be one of most attractive assets.

The 29-year-old Gausman has posted a 4.65 ERA over five starts and one relief appearance. But he has 42 strikeouts in 31 innings.

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The Yankees are in desperate need of a starter with James Paxton hitting the injured list and J.A. Happ being ineffective this season. Gerrit Cole has been just about everything New York had hoped for when they signed him to a mega contract over the winter. But Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery have been mediocre in four starts apiece.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman knows his team will need more pitching if it wants to win their first World Series since 2009.

 

So if the Yankees are willing to pay the price Zaidi wants, he should consider sending Gausman, the former Baltimore Oriole, back to the AL East even if the Giants are in contention for a playoff spot.