Prioritizing the Yankees’ trade deadline needs

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With exactly four weeks to go until the non-waiver trade deadline, the Yankees’ needs have become crystal clear thanks to their various injuries and underperforming replacements. The team’s needs go something like this:

  1. A bat.
  2. Another bat.
  3. One more bat.
  4. Another bat just in case.

That’s the nuts and bolts of it. They don’t need one bat to improve the offense, they need bats. Plural. Middle of the order bats, top of the order bats, bottom of the lineup bats … you name it and the Yankees could use it.

Since “bats” is a rather vague term and could mean a bunch of different things, let’s narrow it down the team’s needs to specific positions and whatnot. Here are the team’s biggest priorities leading up to the trade deadline, at least at this very moment.

1. Right-Handed Hitting Corner Infielder
Good news! Alex Rodriguez started a minor league rehab assignment yesterday and is theoretically 19 days away from rejoining the team. Bad news: the Yankees still need a platoon partner for Lyle Overbay at first base at the very least.

Considering the nature of A-Rod‘s injury, however, it’s reasonable to expect him to spend a lot of time at DH immediately after he returns. Joe Girardi always errs on the side of caution with his veterans, so don’t expect Alex to come back as a seven days a week third baseman. He hasn’t done that in about three years now even when healthy. They always squeeze in a few DH days.

David Adams (43 wRC+) has been a disaster at third and Jayson Nix has tried admirably (65 wRC+), but New York needs to do better. They need someone who could step in and play the hot corner pretty regularly while also spotting Overbay at first. A right-handed hitting Eric Chavez, basically. The Yankees are said to have interest in Michael Young and he fits this role perfectly.

2. Utility (Middle) Infielder
This one may seem kind of weird because the Yankees already have like, three utility infielders on the roster. None of them are particularly good though, with Nix representing the best of the bunch. At some point Derek Jeter will actually return the Yankees to help out the middle infield, but he has yet to begin playing minor league rehab games and is still a ways away from returning. Eduardo Nunez is playing rehab games and should be back just before the All-Star break, but he’s not exactly a difference maker.

Like A-Rod, Jeter is very likely to see a bunch of time at DH right after he comes off the DL. In fact, the team’s original plan back in April was to DH him against lefties as a way to get him off his feet regularly. I can’t imagine that plan has changed following the setback. Finding someone better than the current utility infielders will make it even easier for the Yankees to ease Jeter back into things. I don’t think they’ll actually replace Nix at this point, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be something they explore.

3. Catcher
Since Frankie Cervelli went down with his broken hand, the Yankees have gotten a meager .205/.268/.265 batting line out of the catchers. Chris Stewart, the nominal starting backstop, has hit .234/.301/.298 since Cervelli went down. Good defense only goes so far, I think Stewart’s reputation as a very good defender is up for debate after watching him everyday for the last two months.

Like the utility infielder spot I just talked about, I would be surprised if the Yankees went out and sought a catching upgrade. They seem perfectly happy with the Stewart-Austin Romine tandem until Cervelli comes back, at which point he is sure to be nails given his long track record they’ll hope he’ll continues his early season performance. New York has already passed on backup catcher upgrades like Ramon Hernandez and Kelly Shoppach, so don’t expect them to seek out more help. The position is still a problem though.

4. Corner Outfielder (Preferably Right-Handed)
About a month ago, adding a corner outfield bat appeared to be the team’s biggest need. Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki were performing terribly and Curtis Granderson had just gone back on the DL, meaning he wasn’t going to return anytime soon. Ichiro has picked up the pace a little bit, but more than anything, Zoilo Almonte‘s solid performance (134 wRC+) since being called up has lessened the team’s need for a corner outfield bat.

Now, that doesn’t mean they don’t need one. Granderson has yet to swing a bat and is still several weeks away, plus Wells is still awful and Adams is a friendly reminder that rookies have a tendency to stop hitting for no apparent reason at a moment’s notice. Brennan Boesch apparently is not close to returning from his groin injury either, so he remains a non-option. If the Yankees have a chance to add a corner outfield bat at the deadline, particularly one they could control next year and beyond, they should jump all over it. It’s not longer the “must need” it was a month ago, however.

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  • Mattchu12

    Been dreaming about a ninja Tim Lincecum (for the bullpen) and Hunter Pence trade for a while now, adding Michael Young in would be the icing on the top.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Ninja Tim Lincecum you say? Funny, but I get the image of those toy companies when I was a kid that would take action figures and dress them in a different outfit, just to make us kids bug our parents to buy another action figure!

      If that’s the case, then I want caveman A-Rod back to play 3b!
      (I already have the centaur variant in my collection)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Han Solo is Alternate Bespin Every Other Sunday Fatigues with Alternate Rifle would like a word with you.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          IN, not is.

        • Pat D

          I probably have that figure somewhere.

          You should see the Darth Vader in full Disco Glitter Ball Uniform with Multicolor Lightsaber figure.

          They only made like 100 of those.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            For the original figures. For the 90’s versions, they made so many every kid in America had eight if them, just like they did with Yak Face.

            • Pat D

              My dad always regrets never buying two of all the original figures. He always says if he had known how they’d become so valuable he would have done that.

              Especially now that he watches that Toy Hunter show. I’ve seen a bunch of stuff on that show that I had as a kid.

      • Mattchu12

        I meant it like a Ninja Trade. As in out of nowhere. Wake up one morning and see the tweet from Mike on my phone and wake up the neighbors in a fit of glee.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’d have to tuck all that hair inside his mask and would still smell of old weed.

      JOBA FOR TIMMY OMGZ.

    • Oy

      I wouldn’t immediately stick Timmy to the bull pen. He’s pitched much better than his ERA suggests (3.69 FIP, 3.49 xFIP). And he’s having a career high BABIP.

      Problem is that SF is not selling and would want pitching in return. I wouldn’t mind dealing Hughes and Joba for Timmy.

      • jsbrendog

        i had him on my fantasy team until 2 weeks ago. the problem with timmy is hughesian. he either does not too bad and ks 8 in 5-6 ip or gives up 10 runs.

      • Mattchu12

        I’m still a believer in Hughes. Rather give up Phelps, who I think is playing over his head and is more of a back-end guy than a mid-rotation guy, like I believe Hughes is.

        Just a gut call, no evidence to really make that feeling concrete, of course.

        • jsbrendog

          except hughes is a pending free agent and phelps is under team control for what, 4 more years? and renewable at the league minimum for 2 or 3 of those? something like that. no sale.

          • Mattchu12

            You have to give something to get something. Why would the Giants want Hughes to replace Lincecum if Hughes is a pending free agent? He would just increase his value there because of the ballpark and weaker lineups in the NL West.

            The desire to acquire Lincecum shores up the bullpen for the playoff run this season, and hopefully makes him want to come back for next season when we will have a bullpen one-Mariano Rivera short. I’d trade Phelps for that, but like I said, I think Phelps is a back-end guy at best, though I’d trade Nova if they’d take him.

            • jsbrendog

              the yankees need pitching next yr. a volatile unknown pending free agent isn’t what they need. they already have that in hughes. lincecum is the same thing.

              • Mattchu12

                I’m suggesting Lincecum for the bullpen, you know that right?

            • Oy

              Both are FAs by the end of the year. SF would also get a bullpen piece that they need.

              Lincecum wold be wasted in the bullpen. Dude has a 3.69 FIP/ 3.49 Xfip/ 3.79 SIERA.

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                So you’re saying that he’s been almost as good as Nova, while playing in a pitcher’s park?

                That definitely sounds like someone the Yanks should trade valuable pieces for.

              • Mattchu12

                If he’s fixed, put him in the rotation, by all means. I’m not holding my breath on fixed though. Not even NL West fixed. And his stats would not be the same in the AL East. Hence: Bullpen.

        • Mattchu12

          Double post, my bad. Internet acting up for me.

      • Mattchu12

        I review Lincecum as a potential closer next season, but if he can turn it around, by all means, I’d love to have him in the rotation just as easily. Either way, I think if the Giants get a controllable #4ish arm back, they’d trade him because they can’t pay him.

        That being said, Hughes doesn’t fit that mold, he’ll be a free agent too, and I honestly think that Hughes is better than Phelps. I know that’s not a popular opinion, but I’m still a believer that he’ll end up being a very solid #3 for us. I’ve seen too many guys struggle coming to the AL East, I value his solidness here more than most.

        I think Joba + Nova/Phelps could net Linececum, and if the Giants fall out, I’d love to get Pence somehow too. We need some right handed power against lefties.

    • JB

      Trade Joba for Michael Young and a case of Budweiser cans.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Still think that, if solid pitching depth were to fall on this team’s lap, they should do something about it. Every non-CC pitcher, to me, is a question mark moving forward (and I really own now count Kuroda on there because his apparent injury is so recent), and plenty of fans have questions about CC’s ability to perform at an elite level consistently at this point. Nolasco’s price appears to be dropping, according to what I read on MLBTR. Not a world-beater by any stretch, but he’d hopefully eat innings in a better manner than we’d find ourselves if we had to dip into Warren or Marshall, or wound up having to over-rely on Nova, Pineda, or Warren at some point this season.

    Otherwise, sure, those are the priorities, and I’ll imagine two of those four will get addressed before the trade deadline, as I doubt they’ll be sellers unless things get even more dire in the next couple of weeks AND a real strain in the relationship with Robbie develops.

    I wouldn’t buy if it meant giving up someone from what is a rather large personal list of “keepers” on my part, and I wouldn’t sell unless there’s potential impact and/or MLB regulars coming back. I’m not looking for overhauls or drastic rebuilds and am fine with incremental improvements at reasonable prices. If those aren’t out there, I’m not afraid to go out there with guys who still have us in the middle of a very tight division.

    • jjyank

      To be honest, I’m not sure what I want the Yankees to do. I’ve firmly made my point in prior threads that I am completely against a full rebuild, but at the same time, I agree with you that I don’t want the team to sacrifice the farm for marginal upgrades (guys like Willingham, Cuddyer, etc.) Michael Young would be a great fit, but giving up young talent to get an old one probably isn’t wise. So where does that leave me? I guess I’m in favor of standing pat and hoping the asking price for those marginal upgrades isn’t going to break the prospect piggy bank.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think I’d at least listen if someone was willing to pay top dollar prospect-wise for some of the impending FA’s. Then again, other than Kuroda, who’s going to net you much right now? You’re not selling anywhere near high on Curtis right now.

        With Robbie, you go there only if you really start to feel he’s not coming back, which I don’t think is happening.

        • jjyank

          I mean if someone is going to offer up Oscar Taveras or something, of course you listen. I highly, highly doubt that situation presents itself, however.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Yeah, especially considering that Matt Carpenter’s been taking the league by storm this season.

    • LarryM Fl

      Robinson, I agree with this final comment about the 4 priorities.
      ” I’m not looking for overhauls or drastic rebuilds and am fine with incremental improvements at reasonable prices. If those aren’t out there, I’m not afraid to go out there with guys who still have us in the middle of a very tight division.”
      I do not see that the Yankees have the collateral to accommodate the trades for their July Christmas list. I often wonder if will be sacrificing the troops in the lower divisions for an uphill climb with a very weaken team in this attempt.

      Arod and Jeter may return soon after the All Star break but realistically what can you expect. It may take them a month just to get acclimated. I have not given up but it’s tough to see the capturing of the hill top. Unless, Baltimore and Boston come upon some hard times as we have with injuries.

    • Jobu

      You bring up an interesting point regarding what it would take for them to be sellers. I have to imagine that they will continue on roughly the same path if no improvements (through either acquisition or returning players) is made over the next four weeks. Based on their performance over the past two months this would lead to a steady drop in the probability of making the playoffs. However, the true decision should rest on the relationship with Cano. If things look like they will work out the team will likely hold the course, if not maybe they should sell.

      If the front office is following this same logic, we should see a increase in efforts to reach an agreement with Cano over the next few weeks. From the front office perspective, reaching an agreement is irrelevant they just need to figure out where they stand. Of course there could also be a host of non-baseball/revenue generation issues that cloud this decision.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Basically all of this.

        I also think that it would take a mighty rift between the Yanks and Cano for them to feel like they don’t have a chance of re-signing him and, if we go by what we’re reading and what’s available to us, there’s zero sign of that sort of rift.

        We can talk about 189 and new realities all we want. This is still the New York Yankees, and the New York Yankees always think they’ll get their man.

    • LK

      I really can’t see them selling. Unless the team just completely craters over the next 4 weeks, they’re still going to be reasonably close to a WC spot at the least; I can’t see them taking the PR hit of downgrading the team when they’re already seeing fewer fans at the park. Plus, what do they realistically have to sell? The players on the roster are basically either bad, signed to big contracts, or pending free agents, none of which is going to bring any kind of haul.

  • trr

    Cashman bashing is a popular activity here, but I’m not one of those.
    I don’t think there are enough realistic trade options available to fill all those holes. If I had to focus on 1 or 2 to be filled, it would be RH IF and C. Adams and Romine need to go back to Scranton.
    Wish Granderson was healing faster; OF help might be easier to get than anything else. As Robby says above, don/t ignore pitching, if it’s presented to us. I think we should pull the trigger on a trade NOW, not 3 weeks from now.

    There’s just so many holes, so many questions…A-Rod? Jeter? Granderson (when?) Nunez , who’s been kinda forgotten. Pineda?
    This ain’t gonna be easy to sort out, folks…

  • gyaris

    Going to do nothing, since we have no money and nothing to offer.

    • Jobu

      Take it easy with the universal “we” there pal. I may not have the monies so much but I certainly have something to offer. I have often explained to attractive, financially stable women that I would make an excellent trophy husband. First of all I am exceptionally good looking. Building on that natural advantage I am well educated, a snappy dresser, able to hold my own in cocktail party conversations, and tall. Suprisingly this has not led to copious offers of marriage . . . at least not yet.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Wait until those biological clocks start ticking. They will be more welcome to your warm embrace.

        I also do think gyaris was speaking for himself there.

        • Pat D

          Is that how……nah, I’m going to just stop it right there.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Who, me? Oh, I lucked out massively at a young age.

    • jsbrendog

      well yeah you don’t, you’re just a dude(tte) with nothing to offer ML teams.

    • MannyGeee

      Repeat after me… “I am… Somebody”

      • jsbrendog

        and gosh darnit, ppl like me

        • Pat D

          I wish I could say that.

          But nobody likes me. Not even my imaginary friends on this site.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Haha, OWND!!1!

            • Pat D

              Yea, I just owned myself.

              I THINK I WON THAT ONE!!!

              • Cool Lester Smooth

                I’m pretty sure you now own all of the internet points.

                • Pat D

                  I wonder how many theoretical internet dollars I can cash that in for.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I think we could have a Rio Ruiz sighting soon, another one to watch would be Andrew Clark who is mashing in double A. I’d love to see the Yankees go after Hunter Pence and Michael Young. I don’t think the cost would be abnormally high and they would both fill some holes in our lineup.

  • Jim Is Bored

    Oh fun, more overblowing what even Cervelli’s most ardent defenders were saying about him. My favorite part of RAB this year.

  • MannyGeee

    In watching the market fluctuate, I am hoping that Miami begins their annual fire sale soon. They are the kind of team that would plug some needs with a combination of young guys with control and older albatross contracts that this team always seems to favor.

    I am looking at possibly a Polanco & Logan Morrison package? Take Nolasco as the throw in, a la Mike Lowell maybe? Admittedly, they could get more for Nolasco than a throw in to a different package, but just sayin…

    That is a fair amount of money to take on, and Nolasco/Polanco/Morrison fit the holes we are talking on but not world beaters… This is the kind of deal that you could get for one Non Sanchez/DePaula/Mason prospect and some mid level young guys, methinks.

    • D$1184

      The Marlins are looking to move Nolassco very soon. I think names are being exchanged with other teams. Given that pitching, especially back-end-of-the-rotation help like Nolassco would be, is such a low priority for the Yankees right now, I don’t see the Yankees getting close to making a deal before he’s dealt to another team.

    • Brian S.

      Polanco and Nolasco are trash. Morrison would be dope if we didn’t already have Teixeira the next three years.

      • jsbrendog

        polanco is trash. but lomo used to be an OF and can dh. and we need a 1b this yr. and a dh next yr. so i would gladly take lomo

        sadly he is also another injury risk having stillnot recovered from his freaking knee injury

      • MannyGeee

        Actually, Polanco is a starting 3B, albeit not a great one, who is signed through the remainder of this season. Not ideal, but fits the need as a bench 3b that could spell A-Rod when he is DHing. And he’s better than David Adams at this moment in time.

        Nolasco is meh. Take him or leave him, only mentioned him as part of this because that 11.5M is a lot of money for Miami.

        Morrison is the homeless man’s Nick Swisher. plays a corner outfield as recently as 2012, 1B is his natural position, can DH, and is a legit buy low candidate.

        Just spitballing ideas based on need and who could get got. Nothing short of a Lucroy/Stanton/Headley for Hughes and Joba mega-deal is gonna make some people happy, so here we are.

        Or we can just trade everyone like you said below. I mean, either way is cool.

        • jsbrendog

          it is frightening that polanco and his 67 ops+ are better than adams. jesus. BUT when arod is back eduardo should be back so that makes nix the backup 3b and ss and he is IMO better than placido.

  • Brian S.

    Prioritizing the Yankees trade deadline needs:

    1. Trading CC Sabathia (might be last chance as he continues descent into mid rotation status, still get a couple good prospects)
    2. Trading Ichiro Suzuki (his decent hitting lately and plus defense could be appealing, middling prospect in return)
    3. Trading Hiroki Kuroda (who wouldn’t want to add a #2 starter down the stretch? get a good prospect)
    4. Trading David Robertson (best relief pitcher on market would net a very nice prospect or two, even without Mo next year could have Monty, Betancy, Borney, Kelley-y fulfill late inning roles)
    5. Getting rid of Joba, Wells, Nix, and other assorted replacement level players for w/e you can get if only to insure they don’t get playing time over young players

    • MannyGeee

      I smell an O:S coming on

    • Brian S.

      We could actually compete next year if we do this. We could invest part of CC’s salary in a mid rotation starter or two that could match his 4 ERA, Ichiro won’t be missed, Kuroda isn’t coming back anyways, and relief pitchers are fungible. If we keep Cano, Gardner, Granderson accepts qualifying offer, etc. and come back healthy next year we could theoretically be competitive while also having one of the top three farm systems in the game.

      • jjyank

        “We could actually compete next year if we do this.”

        This is my favorite part. In what world could that team compete? Who does the rotation consist of? Pineda, Nova, Phelps, Warren, and random warm body? That may not even compete in AAA. And the back end of that bullpen would be atrocious. How can you trade Robertson, watch Mo retire, and expect to actually lock down any close games?

        Let’s be real here. Blowing up the team to entire a several year rebuilding phase is one thing. I don’t agree with it, but at least I see what direction the logic is coming from. But thinking they could compete after a firesale? lulz.

        • jjyank

          *enter*, not entire.

        • Pat D

          No, he said we could get 2 (2!) pitchers with 4 ERA’s to replace Sabathia.

          Because the only thing better than one pitcher with a 4 ERA is 2 of them!

    • Jim Is Bored

      Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

      Well done. This is pretty impressive. I’m glad you didn’t stick with the run of the mill, “TRADE CANO” line. Much more creative.

    • jjyank

      No to all of this.

    • BFDeal

      You should just become a full time Scranton fan.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Oh Brian. You and your brianness.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Have you been drinking with that Innings guy?

  • steves

    Forget trading for a second. How about fixing this absurd roster that has 13 pitchers (with Kuroda now unavailable) and 12 position players (with Nix now unavailable). Wells was literally the only pinch-hitter last night since Romine is not going to be used except as back-up catcher. Can’t even tell if it’s Cashman or Girardi making the decision on this one but Yanks do not need to any more disadvantages (especially a self-imposed one) than they already have.

    • mitch

      are you saying a 3rd bench player would be more useful than a second long reliever? That’s crazy talk.

      • steves

        I’d even rather have a fast pinch-runner who couldn’t play a lick available than 13 pitchers. Just going with 23 available players at this point with 12 pitchers is just poor roster management.

  • D$1184

    “At some point Derek Jeter will return to help the middle infield situation”. That sentence should read “may or may not”, not “will”.

    • I”m One

      I don’t expect him to be what he was last year, but I still think “will” is appropriate given what the team’s SS’s have produced so far this season. .270/.330/.420 is an upgrade and he could out-produce (most) of that line.

  • Mr. Roth

    Why does the thought seem to be that Miami would get a good return for Nolasco but NY wouldn’t get much of anything for Hughes? Nolasco’s numbers are a little bit better than Hughes’, but it seems like the difference is small enough that it wouldn’t result in that drastic of a return in trade value.

    • MannyGeee

      Their value is identical, except that in theory Hughes’ *should* be higher since the contract is lower. That said, no one is trading Hughes, and I would not imagine the Yankees getting Nolasco unless its a straight salary dump for Miami as part of a bigger deal.

    • Preston

      I don’t think Nolasco will get much of a return, maybe a mid-level prospect or two. The difference is Miami wants to move him because they don’t want to pay his salary and his production this season is irrelevant because they can’t win, the Yankees shouldn’t have the same motivation. Hughes in the second half, whether as a back end starter, or backend reliever is likely more valuable than any trade return we would get for him, and the salary relief shouldn’t be a factor.

  • CG

    Hey Mike, I am a big Cervelli proponent… he obviously can’t keep up with his pace from earlier this year, but this is his slash line from the majors over his career:

    Cervelli Career: .271/.343/.500
    Stewart: 234/.301/.298
    Non-Cervelli Catchers this year: .205/.268/.265

    He is *significantly* better than Stewart, and has a better bat than half the outfield at a premium position. I am completely fine with the Yankees relying on Cervelli to hit that career slash line.

    • Preston

      I think everybody is fine with it. However their are a few problems. He’s hurt and who knows if/when he will be back, hand injuries are tough on hitters and he might not be 100% when he does come back and we all forget the defensive issues that made Stewart the favorite to win the starting job in the first place, I’m not convinced and Girardi probably isn’t either that those are gone after a good start to the season. I hope for the best when he does return, but I don’t think that should stop the Yankees from looking for a marginal upgrade now.

      • CG

        Fair enough.

    • Mitch

      what about throwing out runners? What about defense?

  • Brian S.

    CC Sabathia, a 25 million dollar pitcher with a 4.15 ERA and David Robertson, a relief pitcher with a 2.51 ERA, are the key to the Yankees’s success in 2014. I have learned something today. There clearly is no way for the Yankees with 30 million dollars to replace the two and all hope would be lost without their presence. Starting pitchers with low 4 ERAs and Relief pitchers with low 2 ERAs are nonexistent. We cannot find them and it is a MIRACLE that we have the two on the roster in the first place.

    • Brian S.

      Also trading Kuroda who may or may not come back next year and Ichiro, a below average corner outfielder would signal a MULTI YEAR REBUILD UNTIL THE END OF DAYS. Man am I glad that you guys corrected me.

      • Pat D

        You are forgetting that Sabathia and Ichiro are both untradeable. Also, just as you said, relief pitchers are fungible. So what great asset is DRob going to get you in a trade?

        • Brian S.

          Look what the Rangers gave up for Mike Adams and Koji Uehara. Teams are willing to give up decent prospects for late inning arms. I also feel that Ichiro is very tradeable to a team that needs a corner outfielder and if Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are tradeable than so is Sabathia.

    • Jim Is Bored

      This is how you do it, people.

  • CG

    lol I’m an idiot, I cited his 2013 slugging figure. Career Cervelli slash is:

    .271/.343/.367

    I don’t know what league average catchers do, but my feeble googling skills reveal:

    ??? /.314/.390

    I’d guess his OPS is slightly higher than average. Do we really need to upgrade what is ‘slightly above average’, as opposed to the positions which are abominably below average (the other 3 items in your post)?

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      He’s just a touch below average offensively for a catcher, actually.

  • Frank

    Yanks don’t have anything of great value to trade, so I suspect this will be a relatively quiet trading period for them. Perhaps a couple of minor acquisitions, but nothing to get all worked up over.

  • fred robbins

    It’s hard to understand how some people here are talking about who to get for a playoff run. That is the philosophy that has the Yankees where they are now– a team with run down older players on the verge of being done. Andy P looks so tired and CC as well just looks out of sync and other than the occasional 93-94– which he is missing his spots with, he is mostly throwing slow stuff. Phelps is really below average and at best, someone you can start against bad teams, and even then it’s a long shot at best.
    What kind of playoff run can these Yankees have? If Jeter can hit, they have a right handed Dh and they can drop Wells. But Jeter can not play shortstop anymore and as hard as it is to say, I have seen Nix make plays that Jeter would never have gotten to in the first place. Jeter has no more range and it seems the Yankees do not give a thought to finding a shortstop for the future.
    It’s hard to really know if they even have One pitcher to count on anymore, other than Mo. And it’s even harder to get an idea of what their idea of the Yankees will look like past this year.
    Happy 4th to all

    • The Doctor

      Occasional 93-94? He AVERAGED over 93 in his last start. He’s looked fine lately, had some bad luck and bad defense come around to bit him in the ass, but by and large he’s looked quite good. His last start was flat out dominant until that inning of bad defense and weakly hit choppers happened. If Adams made that one play properly, which any competent 1B does, CC goes 8 innings and gives up 2 runs.

      Phelps is hardly below average. He’s been solidly above average most of the season, the two major duds not withstanding.

      Even if the starting pitching needs help, Pineda’s on the way and he could easily knock out the starter with the most problems.

      I find it funny that you make Nix out to be such a better defender than Jeter. Neither are very good, but Nix is hardly special. Jeter has better hands and a better arm, I’d trust him out there over Nix every day.

      At the end of the day, this is a team that, with some injury reinforcements and a couple of trades, could make a run at the post-season that suits Mo’s last season well. They can’t just give up when it’s a legend’s last year.

  • Crime Dog

    The more I think about it, the more a Michael Young/Ruiz trade makes sense. Young plays third and first against lefties and Ruiz provides a solid catcher who can hit a little

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, I’d love it even if we could only get Chooch.

  • The Doctor

    If they could get somehow manage to get Young and Morse at the deadline, I think they’d be pretty much good to go. Young fills the obvious need of a guy who can play 1st and 3rd (not well but beggers can’t be choosers) while Morse fills in at 1st and RF. Morse can play 1st against righties and play RF against lefties (platoon with Zoilo once Granderson comes back), Young can shift around between 1st, 3rd, and DH as needed to fill in holes. Overbay’s role would be drastically reduced, but he could still play 1st on days when A-Rod is at DH, Young is at 3rd, and Morse stays in right against a righty.

    • Preston

      With A-Rod rehabbing already I’d rather just take my chances that he can be similar to Young as a corner IF RHB guy. He probably can’t be to much worse than him defensively and on the basepaths and a wRC+ of around 109 isn’t that much to expect from A-Rod is it? Plus we don’t have to trade any prospects or take on any money to get him. I’m all for trying to get a bat out of the Mariners. I’d rather have Morales, but I’d definitely take Morse.

  • Mitch

    I don’t think the Yankees will give away any decent prospects for veterans this year. They have to know that they are not going to go to the World Series this year, and next year will be even worse. They want to get their finances in order, develop young players, get ready for 2015 and fool their fan base into thinking they have a chance. But they’re really the worst team in the AL east, and the addition of AARP types won’t change things.

  • Mitch

    I say trade Joba and Hughes and Granderson for prospects — if the prospects amount to more than a draft pick. Pick up a vet only if they cost very little, like an Angelo Gumbs type. Play Nova and Almonte and Nunez and Phelps to help them gain experience. Don’t trade interesting prospects like Nuno, Warren, Sanchez, Murphy, Banuelos or even disappointments like Austin or Heathcott. Well, maybe Heathcott.

  • fuster

    with Jeter, Nunez and ARod coming back we don’t really need to trade for corner infielders or middle infielders

    and there simply aren’t any catchers available in trade and worth anything…… if we must have another catcher, we might do better calling up Murphy.