“I’ve looked around for pitching,” he said. “Those are our needs: pitching in the rotation, pitching in the bullpen. I don’t think I’ll be able to acquire anything as close to as good as what I’ll be getting off the disabled list. Soriano for the bullpen, which will come sometime after the All-Star break. Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes, which obviously is coming here in the next 2-3 weeks. I think it’s going to be hard to find any starter better than those starters and any reliever better than Soriano.”
This is not a surprise. The Yankees offense has been one of the best in baseball and even the trouble spots have begun to produce lately (meaning Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada). So there is not much room for improvement here.
That said, I’m sure they would love to have more depth in the rotation as injuries at both the major league and minor league level have changed this quite a bit. The bullpen is also in need of upgrades as the Yankees have lost three key parts that they counted on for this season (Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, and Pedro Feliciano).
There is still hope that Soriano and Feliciano could return at some point this season, but with the nature of their injuries, both have suffered shoulder problems, the Yankees would be wise not to count on them.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees look to improve their bench if a piece becomes available. However, with Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter expected back soon they may be getting all the help they need right there.