Despite the numerous injuries they've faced this season, the New York Yankees are still contenders in the American League East. In order to fill holes opened up by injuries to regular such as Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, the Yankees have been surveying the trade market. Rather than dip into their pool of prospects, New York could look to bolster its roster by dealing more established veterans such as Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. In fact, one AL general manager told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Yankees are "aggressively pushing" Chamberlain and Hughes.
AL exec: “Yanks aggressively pushing Joba, Hughes. Joba could happen soon to NL team.” Source says #Yankees talking on both, nothing close.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 10, 2013
The source also added that a trade sending Chamberlain to a National League club could "happen soon." While the Yankees have been discussing both players, the source said nothing is close.
Hughes and Chamberlain are both former top prospects that are pending free agents. They've been unable to live up to their potential, and New York doesn't appear to be interested in retaining either player beyond this season.
The Philadelphia Phillies are said to be interested in Chamberlain, as they could use help in their bullpen. IN exchange for Chamberlain, the Yankees could target veteran infielder Michael Young, though it's unclear if the Phillies are interested in selling major leaguers at this point.
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