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Report: Yankees, A’s discussing Yonder Alonso trade

The Oakland Athletics have put All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso on the trade block.

Now that first baseman Greg Bird is out for at least the next six weeks, the New York Yankees are surely in the market for a stopgap option at that position. Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics are in full-scale fire sale mode after moving both Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle over the weekend.

So it would stand to reason that the two teams might discuss a potential deal that would send All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Bronx. That’s apparently now become a reality.

Even as nothing more than a rental, Alonso would provide the Yankees a veteran bat at first base. He’s had a splendid season in Oakland, posting a .268 average and .366 on-base percentage to go with 21 homers and 44 RBI.

It remains to be seen what Oakland might demand in a trade for the 30-year-old veteran, but the team has been scouting Yankees prospects over the past several days. Now that the two sides are in talks, it would not be a surprise to see New York end up acquiring Alonso.