Yankees Seen as Likely Destination for Cy Young Winner Shane Bieber, Says MLB Insider

MLB Trade Rumors Swirl Around Guardians' Star Pitcher

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Yankees Seen as Likely Destination for Cy Young Winner Shane Bieber, Says MLB Insider
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As the Major League Baseball (MLB) winter trading season heats up, the spotlight shines on Shane Bieber, the 2020 Cy Young award winner. Despite being a topic on the trade block, significant developments have been scarce. However, the New York Yankees have emerged as potential suitors, especially after missing out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto in the free-agent market.

The Yankees' quest for bolstering their pitching roster has led them to consider various options. Names like Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell, and Josh Hader have been floating around. Yet, it's Bieber from the Cleveland Guardians who is drawing considerable attention in their camp.

The Guardians, on their part, have shown willingness to negotiate Bieber's move, albeit for a substantial return.

Potential Trade Destinations

The current market for Bieber hasn't lived up to the Guardians' expectations, sparking speculations about a possible compromise.

Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report recently pointed out the Texas Rangers as a prime destination for Bieber, with the Yankees and Chicago Cubs following closely in the race. The Guardians' apparent strategy leans towards rebuilding, which makes trading their 2020 Cy Young star a logical step.

However, their high asking price is proving to be a deterrent. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, while speaking on the "Foul Territory" podcast, shed light on the situation, citing Bieber's declining velocity as a concern for potential buyers.

"Bieber has lost velocity since 2020... I'm not sure anyone will be interested at the price the Guardians would likely request," Rosenthal explained. Amidst these dynamics, the possibility of a multi-player trade involving Bieber and Emmanuel Clase, another discussed player, adds layers to the already complex situation.

The exact figures of the asking price remain undisclosed, but the consensus suggests it's steep. Bieber is on the cusp of free agency with a projected $12.2 million arbitration, a significant chunk of the Guardians' payroll.

This financial implication might propel the Guardians to capitalize on Bieber's value before his contract concludes. As discussions evolve, the Yankees' interest in Bieber signifies their commitment to strengthening their roster, but the deal's fruition hinges on the Guardians' flexibility with their demands and the market's response to Bieber's recent performance trends.

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