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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees interested in Mike Moustakas as a first baseman, per report

Its trade season so lets get weird as the Yankees are looking at an outside the box option to get some more production out of first place.

Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Yankees have been on a tear in the first half of 2018. They currently sit at 56-28 with the second best record in baseball this year (oddly enough, the best record goes to another team in their own division as the Red Sox currently own a 59-29 mark). They have power in spades led by the newest incarnation of the Bash Brothers in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined with a ton of other young, talented players. Not only are the Yankees good, but they are going to be good for a long time.

However, that does not mean that the Yankees are not looking to improve. If one was to nitpick, you could say that they have questions in their rotation outside of Luis Severino and the production they have gotten out of first base has been less than stellar. The Yankees currently ranked in the bottom five in all of baseball with -0.5 fWAR at the position. While there are some potential options out there that actually play the position, the Yankees are looking at at least one outside of the box option.

This would certainly be a case of the rich getting richer as Mike Moustakas is one of the hotter names on the trade market and he has a decent track record of production for Kansas City. However, his production has been uneven at best this season and the fact that he is a third baseman means that the Yankees would have to likely pay that position premium in a trade and the position swap would put a lot of pressure on Moustakas’ bat in order for the trade to be worth it for New York.

In 82 games with the Royals this year, Mike Moustakas has slashed .258/.312/.472 with 16 home runs while accumulating 1.5 fWAR.