Over the last few days, I discussed the possible trade targets that may be made available by their times prior to the July 31st trade deadline, and profiled the starters and relievers that could be had for the right price. Although Brian Cashman said the following,
“We try to look from within first to see if we don’t have the answer right in front of us before we aggressively go outside. We’re always keeping our eyes and ears open. And we’re engaged with the other clubs.
“But I can’t say that we have an obvious need right now.”
I expect a deal to be made. The Yankees need another arm in the rotation, as depending on Sergio Mitre and Chien-Ming Wang is not something a playoff team should be doing. I am torn as to what I would do, and therefore present two options.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery the movie Option # 1 Braveheart hd : Inquire about Roy Halladay. if you can steal him without giving up one of the 3 “untouchables” (Joba, Hughes, Montero), make that deal. I would be willing to take Alex Rios in order to facilitate such a deal, but would not touch Vernon Wells. Being that this is unlikely, target Cliff Lee by offering Austin Jackson, Zach McCallister, and Mark Melancon. Under this plan, the Yankees acquire a top of the rotation starter without subtracting players from the major league roster or giving up Montero. If the deal for Lee is rejected, pursue a lesser deal for Jarrod Washburn or Erik Bedard. Any starter worse than these names is likely to be a waste of resources. The Yankees do not neccessarily need an ace, but they do not need another #4 either. When playoff time rolls around, Joba Chamberlain can be moved to the bullpen, giving the Yankees a dominant late inning combination of Coke, Hughes, Chamberlain, and Rivera, and a very good troika of starters that could dominate a short series.
Option # 2: Move Hughes to the rotation. It is not unreasonable to assume that one of Hughes, Joba, Pettitte, and Wang will be solid enough to be the third starter in a playoff rotation. Target a reliever good enough to replace Hughes in the bullpen, as the Yankees cannot assume that Brian Bruney or Damaso Marte will return to form. Heath Bell, Jose Valverde, and Rafael Soriano are the names that most fit that profile, with Bell likely to cost McCallister plus. The Yankees need to strongly consider that kind of deal.
What do you think? What would you do?
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