Via Marc Craig, we get the following quote from Yankee GM Brian Cashman:
“Right now, there’s just a lot of things that aren’t plentiful,” he said. “I’ll make my phone calls and if they lead to something, great. But right now, it’s dead out there for us.”
This pretty much telegraphs what we’ve all though all along (well aside from that one day with the Cliff Lee thing): the Yankees are not likely to make a big move at the trading deadline. So for those of you, like myself, thinking the Yankees could swing a deal for a big bat DH (Adam Dunn, please!), don’t hold your breaths.
On the flip side, Cash said that once again the bench was a priority and drew “comparisons to last season” and the deals made for guys like Jerry Hairston, Jr., Eric Hinske, and Chad Gaudin.
On the pitching front:
Said Cashman: “My intent is not to go out and get a starting pitcher. I’ll have conversation about what teams are looking to do. I’ll have proposals made to me and who knows if they lead to something that I don’t expect. But that’s not my intent.”
The same goes for adding relief pitchers, of which Cashman said there are few attractive options.
This is good to hear. The Yankees don’t need a panic move of adding a starting pitcher who could be wasted roster space once Andy Pettitte comes back. Trading for relievers is also any iffy proposition because of how volatile those guys can be. What I could see the Yankees doing is trading for a guy who can go back and forth, a swingman type, to fill the void left by Alfredo Aceves. When Pettitte comes back, Sergio Mitre could fill this role, but I have little faith in Mitre.
As much as I would hate rooting for him, a guy like Brett Myers could be an attractive pick up. He’s doing well this year without too many red flags, though his HR/FB% is way down. Still, his xFIP is 4.00 and his control is good at 2.72 BB/9 (3.10 per career). He’s done relief work in the past and could do that or turn to the rotation if the Yankees decide to shift Hughes to the bullpen if/when he hits his prescribed innings limit, whatever it may be.
On August 1st, I’d expect that the Yankees will look a lot like the Yankees on July 31st and there will be no major shake ups. I do, however, expect a bench upgrade. How Jonathan Albaladejo and Sergio Mitre perform in the next two weeks is likely to decide whether the Yankees go out and get a pitcher.
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