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Yankees Trade Rumors: NYY Checked on Marlins’ Pablo Lopez, ‘Found the purchase price High’

Pablo Lopez (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

THE BRAND NEW York Yankees reportedly checkedon the option of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopezahead of Tuesday’s 2022 MLB trade deadline.

Jon Heyman of the NY Postreported the Yanks “found the purchase price high” on Lopez, who’scompiled a 3.41 ERA across 21 starts for the Marlins this year.

NY doesn’t include a major needin its rotation, making the decision about Lopez a little bit of asurprise, though Heyman described it as a “pie-in-the-sky” idea.

The Yankees already added Frankie Montas in ablockbuster cope with the Oakland Athletics. He joins Gerrit Cole,Nestor Cortes, Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon within thestarting staff. Domingo German and Luis Severino have already been limited byinjuries this season, but they may be options down the stretch.

Lopez is a reliable starteracross five years in Miami. He’s posted a 3.87 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in83 career appearances with 434 strikeouts in 448.2 innings.

While those are rock-solid numbers,they flunk of the ace standard the Yanks could justify paying a higher price for to pair with Cole and Montas as partof an all-in World Series push.

Lopez endured one of is own worst careerstarts Sunday, quitting 12 hits and six earned runs in only 2.2innings contrary to the NY Mets, but he said afterward speculationabout his future wasn’t one factor in the struggles.

“No, 100 percent not,” he toldreporters. “Obviously, rumors are simply rumors. They’re not just a factuntil something actually happens. EASILY told you that I haven’t heardanything, I’d be lying for you. But by the end of your day, myfocus the final 4 or 5 days has been planning for today’sstartpreparation both mentally and physically to provide my team achance to win today.”

As the Marlins have began to fadefrom the playoff race with a 47-56 record, the price tag for Lopezdoesn’t figure to fall prior to the deadline since he’s under clubcontrol through the 2024 season via arbitration, per Spotrac.

Together with the Yankees, the Los AngelesDodgers also have engaged Miami in conversations concerning the26-year-old right-hander, per Jack Harris of the LA Times.

In both cases, Lopez is more of aluxury when compared to a necessity, so it is uncertain whether eitherchampionship contender will undoubtedly be willing to meet up with the Marlins’ demands.

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