Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Yankees have been scouting the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in preparation for the Halo’s potentially declaring themselves as sellers. The Angels are currently 48-47 and sit 10 games back of the second AL Wild Card. If the team doesn’t go on a major run within these next few weeks, look for Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler to discuss trades involving Angels’ pitching. Cashman of course has a great relationship with Eppler as they worked together until Eppler left in Fall of 2015 to become the GM for Anaheim.
LHP Andrew Heaney (left) and LHP Tyler Skaggs (right) are two names that will be of extreme interest to the Yankees. Heaney is currently 27 years old and will enter just his second year of arbitration this offseason. He has about $400K remaining on his contract for this season. -
As for Skaggs, he is also 27, but will be entering his third year of arbitration. He has about $900K remaining on his contact for this season. -
Both would be excellent pick ups that would help the Yankees’ goal of staying under the luxury tax threshold. -
Skaggs is under team control through 2020. Heaney is under control through 2021. -
In 96 IP this year, Heaney has compiled a 3.84 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 9.0 K/9, and a 41.4 ground ball percentage. -
Skaggs has accumulated a 2.57 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 9.64 K/9, and a 47.9 ground ball percentage.
Who knows if the Angels would consider trading two young, controllable assets, but Cash needs to do whatever he can to pry one away if the Halos do indeed sell. -
Thoughts on Heaney and Skaggs? I like both a ton, but Skaggs’ better overall stats and higher ground ball percentage make him more attractive to me. What do you think?
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