BOSTON — The Yankees remain interested in Marlins centerfielder Starling Marte, Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.
But multiple industry sources familiar with the thinking of those three clubs said Friday that the three teams have run into a roadblock when it comes to potentially putting something together.
All three, at this point, would like shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe, drafted out of Delbarton High School in New Jersey, to be part of any deal.
"In their whole system," one longtime National League talent evaluator said, "Volpe hands-down is their best position player. Right now [Brian Cashman] is telling [teams] he’s unavailable."
Volpe, 20, hitting .308 with a 1.067 OPS between Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley, was the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2019 (taken 30th overall).
That, of course, can change as the days tick off the calendar and the July 30 trade deadline draws nearer if the Yankees continue to be in buy mode, which they are at the moment.
Shortstop Oswald Peraza (currently at Double-A Somerset), second baseman/shortstop Ezequiel Duran (High-A Hudson Valley) and shortstop Alexander Vargas (rookie ball) are among the other top position prospects in whom opposing teams seem most interested.
But as an American League evaluator assigned to the Yankees’ system put it: "I like those guys and [a few others]. But not for Trevor Story."
Rival scouts have noted the overall depth, especially in the lower levels, of the Yankees’ system when it comes to middle infielders and arms such as Luis Medina (Somerset), Luis Gil (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), Alexander Vizcaino (Hudson Valley) and Yoendrys Gomez (Low-A Tampa).
Jonathan Loaisiga and Nestor Cortes Jr., on the COVID-19 injured list, were activated before Friday night’s game. Gio Urshela, also on the COVID-19 IL, is likely to be activated before Sunday’s game, Aaron Boone said. As for the remaining pair on the COVID list, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge, Boone said they likely will be options for next week’s series in St. Petersburg, Florida, against the Rays . . . Corey Kluber (right shoulder strain), out since May 26, played catch at Fenway Park on Friday afternoon and said afterward that he is "very" confident he will pitch again before the end of the regular season.