Left fielder Brett Gardner has been dealing with a sore right knee, and even though he was feeling better by Monday and could be starting within a couple of days, the Yankees wanted to bring in Frazier to give them four healthy outfielders.
Basically it comes down to Gardy to a degree being a little questionable although he’s doing a lot better and we don’t think it’s a DL situation, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. So we just felt like we needed to be covered with an extra outfielder, so that forced us to make the swap out there.
Gardner was relieved after getting a precautionary MRI on Monday that just showed just inflammation.
Gardner is unlikely to play at all Monday – he pinch-hit in the first part of the suspended game on May 15 and he’s not starting the regular game – and he’ll probably be rested again Tuesday when the Yankees open a three-game series at home against the Seattle Mariners.
I feel like I’ll be able to play within the next day or two hopefully, Gardner said.
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline draws closer, it becomes more and more likely GM Sandy Alderson will be selling off pieces of his team to contenders.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Mets are ready to wheel and deal, but with certain conditions:
The Mets are ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone on their roster, according to sources, but prefer to keep their best, controllable players — shortstop Amed Rosario, outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, right-handers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman and yes, staff ace Jacob deGrom.
A team interested in deGrom would need to part with a boatload of talent, one source said. The Mets would be more open on right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who has not pitched since May 25 due to a strained ligament in his right finger. Syndergaard is under control through 2021, one year longer than deGrom. But as with deGrom, the Mets would not move Syndergaard unless they received an offer they deemed appropriate (which of course, describes every team’s approach to every trade).