The New York Yankees are determined to turn their season around and secure a playoff berth as they currently sit in last place in the AL East with a 50-45 record.
In their quest for a second-half push, the Yankees have set their sights on a potential trade for the talented St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Dylan Carlson.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Carlson has emerged as a prime trade target for the Yankees.
Carlson’s playing time with the Cardinals is expected to be limited, as Tyler O’Neill is set to claim the starting job in left field.
A trade to the Yankees could provide Carlson with more opportunities to showcase himself and regain his form. The 24-year-old outfielder has struggled in the 2023 season, hitting just .237 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and three stolen bases in 57 games.
However, the potential acquisition for New York comes with the hope that Carlson can replicate his impressive 2021 season when he hit .266 with 18 home runs and 65 RBI, setting career-highs in each category.
The Yankees are well aware that the young outfielder is under team control through the 2027 season, making this a long-term investment. By holding Carlson’s contract, New York can provide him with the necessary time to grow and regain his peak performance.
The Bronx Bombers, however, have their eyes set on immediate results. After facing several postseason letdowns, the Yankees are desperately trying to win their first World Series since 2009.
Acquiring Carlson wouldn’t instantly catapult the Yankees to favorites by any sense of the imagination – but the team recognizes his potential and the bright future he can bring to their lineup.
Carlson is just one of several Cardinals who are expected to be available at the trade deadline approaches.
Should the Yankees trade for Carlson?
Should they aim higher – for dare I say Shohei Ohtani?