The Yankees and August trades


Former World Champion Yankee Chad Gaudin. (AP)

The trade deadline has come and gone, but as you know teams can still swing deals via the waiver system. Any player on the 40-man roster has to pass through revocable trade waivers to be dealt this month — he can be traded anywhere if he clears but only to the team that claims him if claimed. That’s why there was such a big stink when the Dodgers claimed Cliff Lee, the left-hander was officially off the market for the other 28 clubs. We’ve already seen guys like Joe Blanton, Kurt Suzuki, and Jeff Baker change teams through trades this month, and there will inevitably be more moves to come.

The Yankees haven’t been all that active during the waiver trade period these last few years, with their most notable August pickup of the last half-decade being Chad Gaudin in 2009. They acquired him from the Padres for cash and he went on to solidly soak up some innings as the fifth starter late in the season (3.43 ERA in 42 IP). They also traded for Freddy Guzman that month and actually carried him on the postseason roster as the pinch-runner/defensive specialist. Other than that, the Yankees claimed spare lefties Aaron Laffey and Raul Valdes off waivers last year, and that pretty much wraps up their recent August transactions activity*.

With this year be different? I don’t have any reason to believe it will be, but that can all change in a hurry depending on the injury news. If Andy Pettitte‘s leg continues to heal slower than expected, they could be forced into looking for an extra arm, especially if Ivan Nova doesn’t start improving. Alex Rodriguez‘s hand is doing fine but I have to believe any kind of setback would push the Yankees into looking for a bat. I fully appreciate and respect Ichiro Suzuki‘s historical greatness, but his offense these days doesn’t scare anyone, let alone qualify as a replacement for A-Rod. The bullpen is one of those things that is always is need of tinkering, so there could be some random claims for warm bodies if nothing else.

The Yankees seem to have taken on the mindset that all of the heavy roster building is done in the offseason and the only in-season moves should involve minor tweaks to deal with injuries and whatnot. That’s perfectly fine and it really is the ideal way to run a big market team, but it’s so much easier said than done. I think that more than any other time in the last three or four years, there are some obvious parts of the team that can be supplemented with August moves, specifically on the pitching side. The whole “wait for so-and-so to get healthy” strategy scares the crap out of me, especially when you’re talking about older players like A-Rod and Pettitte.

* The Yankees did claim Carlos Pena off waivers last summer, but the Cubs pulled him back and no deal was reached.

Categories : Trade Deadline


  1. Kosmo says:

    If NY needed a SP who would be available thru waivers ? Shaun Marcum ?

    • Steve says:

      Doubtful he’d fall that far. The Yankees would be the 30th team to get a crack at him, right? Do they still have the best record in the AL?

  2. Matt DiBari says:

    All I really remember about the Gaudin era was we kept sending him in to lose games when we were trying to throw the division in 2010.

  3. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Scott Hairston, please.

  4. Cappy says:

    I hope I’m not the only one who chuckled when I saw that caption under Gaudin’s picture.

  5. Jon says:

    As was mentioned today about Tex, hes been slumping since the wrist…how about we go and get Lyle Overbay. Hes been released, has a decent triple slash this season when you limit him against lefties. Give Tex some time to rest his wrist and get back to full strength.

    vs. righties vs.lefties
    jeter jeter
    ichiro swish
    swish cano
    cano tex
    granderson granderson
    ibanez dh jones
    chavez 3b mcgehee
    overbay 1b ichiro
    martin c martin

    • Kosmo says:

      who gets cut ?

      • Jon says:

        Yeah, I just took a closer look at that and its tough everyone is pretty much set in stone. I would say DFA someone from the bullpen and get the extra hand on the bench but the way our pitching has been going its not really on option.

  6. forensic says:

    I fully appreciate and respect Ichiro Suzuki‘s historical greatness, but his offense these days doesn’t scare anyone

    I don’t know about that. I’m pretty scared when he comes to bat in many circumstances. Lefty on the mound? RISP? Very scared.

    Still can’t believe he passed as the DH last night…

  7. Rich in NJ says:

    If Ichiro refuses to walk, or even bunt, it’s a pretty good sign that a resurgence is very unlikely.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I agree that relying on aging players to just suddenly be healthy can be scary, and that its never too late to upgrade, I just never expect much to come out of August, even with some of the names that have changed hands.

    Perhaps there’s a catcher out there. Perhaps there’s an extra starter that can give the team a cushion to allow Ivan Nova to work out his issues in peace and away from, from what I hear, Jimmy McNulty.

  9. mryankee says:

    Whats the point Cashman has no motivation to make a deal, e has his money and rings as do most of the players on the team. They will go through the motions and when games like last night occur they will make excuses and “tip the cap” and I doubt they will hold their lead in the division and if so they will go out in the first round. I hate to feel this way because they were so good a few months ago and there was real hope. Brian Cashman dropped the ball and did not help this team with real players when needed and now this is just another team, not a special team.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Merry Fucking Christmas, everyone.

    • jjyank says:

      Alright then.

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      How are things in the Hundred Acre Woods, Eeyore?

    • Rey22 says:

      Ok…so, “they were so good a few months ago and there was real hope” and now basically the EXACT same team, sans a couple of injured players that will be back, “will go through the motions and when games like last night occur they will make excuses and “tip the cap” and I doubt they will hold their lead in the division and if so they will go out in the first round”

      Awesome, makes perfect sense.
      See you in 2013 then!

  10. Edmond says:

    Johnny Damon and godzilla are available!

  11. Troy says:

    Can we just walk cabrea for fucks sake! This season is turning into a joke.

  12. Chris in Maine says:

    what about catcher. There has to be someone out there better than Stewart…

  13. Trs says:

    Cashman should be fired…he has sucked it up for years now when it comes to signing free agents and at the trade deadline. If we do trade or sign someone they seem to be older than what we have now. not really, just saying. there are tons of could young players we could get but he says I like the team we have. I like the team we have to, until it comes to playoffs. FIRE CASHMAN NOW

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