NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in Astros right-hander Vincent Velasquez.
King reports that a deal isn’t close to getting done. He also notes that if general manager Brian Cashman trades for the 23-year-old, he might try to flip him for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.READ MORE: Group Of Women Accused Of Assaulting, Robbing Victim After Inviting Her To Party On Instagram
The Astros are seeking a closer, and it was reported last month that Cashman will listen to offers for Andrew Miller. Miller has three years and $27 million remaining on his deal.
King reports that if Cashman acquires Ozuna, he might then look to part with left fielder Brett Gardner. There has been speculation throughout the offseason that Gardner is available.READ MORE: Robbery Suspect Accused Of Pushing Woman Using ATM In Queens, Withdrawing $1,000
Velasquez is a power arm who hit can 95 miles per hour on the gun. In his rookie season in 2015, the right-hander pitched to a 4.37 ERA in 19 games (including seven starts). In 55 2/3 innings he struck out 58 and walked 21.
Ozuna, 25, hit .259 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs in 459 at-bats last season. He played the majority of the year in center field.MORE NEWS: NYPD Searching For Suspect Accused Of Pistol-Whipping Man In Coney Island
On Tuesday night, the Yankees traded pitcher Adam Warren to the Cubs for infielder Starlin Castro. With Didi Gregorius at shortstop, Castro is projected to be the Yankees’ starting second baseman.