The Boston Red Sox have gotten the wheels spinning for this year’s MLB trade deadline.
The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they had acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Orioles in exchange for two minor leaguers. Cashner has pitched to a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Orioles this season.
This trade may have a ripple effect for both the Mets and Yankees.
SNY Insider Andy Martino reported last week that the Red Sox had been in contact with the Mets regarding Zack Wheeler, who is in the final deal of his current contract, and they were poised to compete with the Yankees for Wheeler’s services.
In all likelihood, this deal should take the Red Sox out of the running to acquire Wheeler, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Cashner will fill the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation, which will bump Nathan Eovaldi to the closer role when he returns from injury.
Along with the Braves and Cubs, the Yankees have also shown interest in Wheeler, according to Martino.
Now that their division rival has made a trade for a starting pitcher, could the Yankees be more inclined to make a similar move?
Martino has also noted that the Yankees have shown interest in Trevor Bauer of the Indians and Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, who will start against the Yankees on Sunday in the Bronx.
However this plays out, Wheeler’s name will certainly be one to watch as the July 31st deadline approaches.