NEW YORK (WFAN) — The New York Yankees are one good stretch — or one big splash — from running away with the division. But general manager Brian Cashman has been unwilling to unload his top prospects for a front-line pitcher as the July 31 trading deadline approaches.
The Yankees recently turned down the Philadelphia Phillies, who wanted Triple-A outfielder Aaron Judge or 21-year-old hurler Luis Severino for veteran starter Cole Hamels, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
“The Phillies’ suggestion was a repeat of a request heard several times in talks between those teams,” Heyman reported for CBSSports.com. “The Yankees have told all teams that have no intention to trade any of their four best prospects: Severino, Judge, first baseman Greg Bird and shortstop Jorge Mateo.”
Hamels (6-7, 3.64 ERA) threw a no-hitter Saturday in what could have been his final game with Philly. He’s signed through 2018, with a $20 million team option for 2019.