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Yankees show interest in trading for ex-MVP candidate, MLB insider says

Another day, another name on the New York Yankees’ short list of possible trade targets: Max Kepler.

FanSided’s Robert Murray reports Kepler is a “prime buy-low candidate.“

One team that has shown interest in Kepler, according to sources: the New York Yankees, whose hitter-friendly ballpark could be exactly what he needs to bounce back.

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The 29-year-old Kepler was an MVP candidate for the Minnesota Twins in 2019, when he finished 20th in voting after setting career highs with 36 home runs and 90 RBI.

But last season, the outfielder hit .227 with nine home runs. According to Spotrac, Kepler is on the books this season for $8.5 million. His deal includes a team option for 2024 worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout.

Kepler could make sense for the Yankees, who remain in search of an outfield bat after Andrew Benintendi signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

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General manager Brian Cashman also has been linked time and again to Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielders Bryan Reynolds and Josh Harrison, as well as free-agent outfielder Jurickson Profar.

Yankees’ in-house candidates for left field include Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Cabrera. Cashman also recently signed Billy McKinney, Willie Calhoun and Rafael Ortega as outfield depth.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.


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