With July on the horizon, the Yankee rumors are going to heat up. The team right now has the second best record in the AL but is facing some tough competition for that final playoff spot. Brian Cashman knows that, after a winter spending spree, expectations are high this year, and he’ll do what it takes to improve the team.
Today’s rumor comes to us from Marc Carig. The Yankees, he says, are very interested in Huston Street. Writes Carig:
A major league source, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to comment on other teams, told me that the Yankees’ reported interest in Street was serious.
The source said that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman approached the Rockies about a deal as early as the middle of May, as the Yankees’ bullpen struggled. Meanwhile, the source said the Rockies had already begun combing through the Yankees’ minor league system, mining for possible trade targets.
A few weeks ago, the Yanks would have been considered the leaders in the Huston Street sweepstakes, but then the Rockies started winning. With Clint Hurdle out and Jim Tracy in, Colorado has gone 21-7 and find themselves one game out of the Wild Card. They’re not going to trade their closer until they’re out of it.
Street is an alluring target. Since a tough start in April, he’s been nearly untouchable. He has converted 17 of his last 18 save opportunities over 25.2 innings. He has 29 strike outs and a 1.40 ERA, and opponents are hitting .157/.232/.236 off of him. Talk about an 8th inning solution.
What Street would cost is another question. The Rockies sent Matt Holliday to the A’s for Street and two prospects. As sellers in a tight market, they could demand a decent package from the Yanks. For now, though, with 33 days left until the trade deadline and in a tight market, nothing’s doing.