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Yankees: 3 players to target at trade deadline based on first 31 games

Based on the first 31 games of the 2021 season, these are three names the Yankees should consider targeting come the July trade deadline.

After starting the 2021 season a dreadful 6-11, the New York Yankees have bounced back to win 10 of their last 14 games, including taking two out of three from the Houston Astros in the Bronx in a series that concluded Thursday.

With that, the Yankees are back above .500 with a 16-15 record and stand just 2.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

Despite the recent hot streak, the Yankees still have some glaring weaknesses they must address before the July 31 trade deadline. Here are three names they should target:

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Kyle Gibson, RHP Texas Rangers

The Yankees must add starting pitching depth for the pennant race. Outside of Gerrit Cole, New York’s rotation has been inconsistent though Corey Kluber has started to look more and more like the pitcher whose won two Cy Young awards his last three outings.

Rangers right-hander Kyle Gibson would be the perfect No. 3 or No. 4 starter to build depth in the rotation. The 33-year-old has playoff experience pitching with the Twins and has been dominant so far this season for Texas. In seven starts he has pitched to a 2.40 ERA over 41.1 innings of work striking out 35 batters and earning a perfect 3-0 record.

Gibson would be more of an innings eater than Jamison Talion in the third spot of the rotation and more consistent than both Domingo German and Jordan Montgomery, who have struggled at times this season. This move would be one that gives the Yankees important experience, depth and consistency every fifth day and for a far lower price than the big-name arms that may hit the market for a king’s ransom.

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