So the trade deadline has come and gone, but the Yankees did not make any moves today or all month (ignoring Sergio Mitre).
Brian Cashman said the reason no deals went down is because the price on players has been so high this season and that he feels the Yankees have a championship caliber team anyway. It’s hard to disagree with him, the Yankees are currently 22 games above .500 and even their supposed biggest weakness coming into the season, the rotation, has been a strength.
Realistically the only spot that needed attention is the lefty reliever role, although Boone Logan has been better recently. The Yankees appeared to make a move today though that could set them up with a nice lefty reliever in September when they promoted lefty Manny Banuelos to Triple-A. If he does well there for a month the Yankees could call him up and use him out of the bullpen.
The next biggest weakness was probably a need for another bat. Again though, this wasn’t a huge weakness as the Yankees offense is second in all of baseball in terms of runs scored per game. Still, it would have been nice to get somebody to plug into the DH role to replace the struggling Jorge Posada. Jesus Montero has been doing better of late and can easily be called up at any time though. So if they really want to improve here they can just call him up.
The one move that would have been nice to have seen the Yankees make would have been to land Erik Bedard who is going to the Red Sox. However it’s hard to be upset by that as Boston gave up some decent prospects to get him and he’ll probably be injured by the end of August anyway.
I would have liked to have seen the Yankees improve themselves just like anybody else, but there is a clear silver lining and that is that the Yankees get to keep Banuelos, Dellin Betances, and Jesus Montero as well as other top prospects. These guys are very close to the major leagues and should be contributors next season. It’s going to be fun to watch them. It is weird to see them not make a deal in July for the first time since 1999.
What do you think? Is Cashman smart for holding on to his prospects? Or did he pass up an opportunity to make his team better? Tell me what you think…