Bombers have interest in Max Kepler

Max Kepler rounding third Twins

Max Kepler rounding third Twins

The 2021 MLB trade deadline is at 4 p.m. on July 30.

Here’s a look at the latest buzz and rumors surrounding the Yankees…

July 28, 5:04 p.m.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees have shown interest in Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler.

Kepler to the Yankees would make sense, as it would give them a left-handed hitting outfielder, an area where they need all the depth they can get.

Kepler has struggled a bit this season, slashing .215/.300/.441 with 13 homers and 39 RBI. But the 28-year-old is just two years removed from a season in which he slashed .252/.336/.519 with 36 home runs and 90 RBI.

July 28, 1:29 p.m.

Potential Yankees target Starling Marte has been traded from the Miami Marlins to the Oakland Athletics, per multiple reports.

In exchange for Marte, the Marlins — who are covering all of what’s left on Marte’s $12.5 million deal for this season — are getting LHP prospect Jesus Luzardo.

Marte, 32, is slashing .306/.407/.453 in 63 games this season and has been worth 2 DRS in center field.

He is set to become a free agent after the season.

July 28, 11:53 a.m.

The Yankees inquired about trading for Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer, but were told they’re not on his list, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

As a player with 10-and-5 rights, Scherzer — who is also not willing to be traded to the Mets — can veto a trade to any team.

Meanwhile, the Yanks are “monitoring” the situation with Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, but do not appear in on Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, per Heyman.

Heyman added that New York might view Nats shortstop Trea Turner (who is under team control through 2022) as “too pricey” when it comes to the prospect haul it would take to trade for him.

July 26, 7:30 p.m.

The Yankees have made an offer for Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

It’s unknown exactly what’s been offered, and there’s “no evidence of any traction.” The Rockies haven’t even decided if they’ll trade away Story, but Heyman notes that it’s a good chance they do.

Adding Story would then push Gleyber Torres back to second base and DJ LeMahieu to first. The Yankees would then need to find DH time for Luke Voit (if he can get back to full health), which would likely mean some time in the outfield for Giancarlo Stanton.

July 23, 5:35 p.m.

According to multiple reports, including from ESPN’s Buster Olney and’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have checked in on Story. SNY MLB insider Andy Martino has previously pointed out Story as a potential Yankees target.

As Feinsand notes, Story is still owed about $7 million this season, which would put the Yankees right around the $210 million luxury tax threshold.

Martino mentions that the Yankees could find a creative way to stay under the luxury tax, but it would likely include either adding enough high-level prospects to make Colorado take on some of Story’s salary, or they would have to trade a big-league contract to the Rockies.

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