It appears as though the New York Yankees may be sellers at the MLB trade deadline. While Aaron Judge would be outside the Cincinnati Reds' price range and won't even be made available in a trade, there are other Yankees players who could.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), the Yankees may be attempting get under the highest luxury-tax threshold ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
That means New York may be looking to shed some of those pesky salaries that will be coming off the books anyway heading into 2024. So while the Yankees won't be sellers per se, they could looking to reduce their payroll. Could the Cincinnati Reds take advantage of this?
The Reds should target Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta.
There was chatter a few weeks ago about bringing former Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman back to the Queen City. Instead, Chapman is now pitching down in Arlington for the Texas Rangers. But perhaps the Reds could reunite with another former reliever.
Wandy Peralta is in the final year of his deal with the New York Yankees, and it just so happens that the Reds are in the market for a left-handed reliever. Peralta is 2-1 on the season with a 2.45 and has converted four of five saves opportunities.
Peralta is not going to blow you away with his strikeout numbers, as the southpaw has just 30 punch outs in nearly 37 innings of work. However, according to FanGraphs, Peralta owns a ground bal-rate above 60-percent. That is the perfect type of pitcher to be on the mound late in games at Great American Ball Park.
Wandy Peralta is a free agent at the end of the season. A left-handed reliever who keeps the ball on the ground and delivers his heater at 96 mph will be in rather high demand at the trade deadline. Peralta has struggled with walks this season (13.5-percent), but the Cincinnati Reds desperately need another lefty.