The Yankees have been baseball’s best team by a wide margin — their .727 winning percentage trounces the Astros’ second-ranked .640 mark — but they’ll naturally still be on the hunt for improvements as the Aug. 2 trade deadline draws nearer. To that end, general manager Brian Cashman and his staff have already begun to survey the outfield market, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
It’s wholly unsurprising that the Yanks would be in the market for outfielders, given the way both Joey Gallo and Aaron Hicks have floundered so far in 2022. The 28-year-old Gallo, though he’s in the prime of his career, is limping through a career-worst .165/.276/.330 season and has fanned in a staggering 39.2% of his plate appearances this season. Hicks, 32, looked to be turning a corner when he opened the month of June with a .321/.410/.434 showing through 61 plate appearances across 16 games. However, he’s fallen into a 2-for-24 slump since that time and is hitting just .218/.338/.284 on the season overall. He’s still signed three more years beyond the current season, while Gallo is a free agent this coming winter, so the leash on Hicks figures to be longer.