Reports have Chien Ming Wang expected to be out for approximately one month, which means he would return to the rotation in early August. The timing really couldn’t be worse, it throws a small wrench into our dealings for the July 31st trade deadline. You would have preferred to see Wang pitch, decide what you have in him and then make an informed decision on whether to add to the team or not. Now, you don’t really know what you have in him, and Cashman may be faced with having a close call on pulling the trigger on a deal, which Wang’s limbo status complicates.
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare psp We’ve seen Wang be horrendously bad coming back from an injury earlier this year, and yet he was probably throwing the ball as well as he has all year just before he was hurt. How can anyone know which one will rejoin the rotation in a month? If we’re being honest, we have to say we really don’t know.
Of course, deals can still be made after the trade deadline, but the player involved would have to clear waivers, which tends to limit teams to making small moves of little significance. If the Red Sox are behind us or we are behind them, expect the team behind to block any move by putting in a waiver claim. But the Rays are another matter. Owner Stu Sternberg has already said he will not be adding payroll for this year, so if they are in the mix it is unlikely they would put in a waiver claim on a high priced player in order to block the Yanks or Red Sox.
I’ll assume that Cashman will proceed as if Wang doesn’t exist, saying “you can’t have too much pitching”. But you know that’s just window dressing. You have to consider Wang’s imminent return in making a deal. If not, he could lose his spot in the rotation, or the starter you bring in could end up in the bullpen. If the pitcher is named Roy Halladay, then obviously nothing stands in your way. But those mega-deals are rare, chances are you’ll be dealing with a lesser player and a tougher call. In order to replace Wang, they would only need a solid innings eater, not necessarily an ace. Cashman prefers to use the Yankee financial advantage and do salary-dump types of deals, where all he really gives up for a player is money. The Abreu/Lidle trade with Philly was a good example of this. In that case, you would just need to clear a roster spot and find a player that isn’t overly concerned about playing time.
But a few weeks after the deadline, you can easily see Cashman being second guessed if he fails to make a move and either Wang is bad or someone else in the rotation gets hurt. The Yanks might or might not be short a starting pitcher, and we won’t find out until after the deadline. This GM stuff is so easy to figure out after the fact, and so tough before.
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