The MLB trade deadline is just about a month away and despite the fact that the Yankees have the best record in baseball there are some areas they could address between now and then. However, the potential returns of injured players like Brett Gardner, David Aardsma, and Joba Chamberlain could plug a few of those holes and Brian Cashman knows that which is probably a big part of the reason he would rather not make any trades this deadline season.
“I’d rather not do anything, if possible,” Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News. “I’d rather keep our prospects, keep our payroll down. That’s what I’d always like to do. But at the same time, I want to get better.”
“I like the players we have, the depth we have and I think it’s a championship-caliber type club,” Cashman said. “Right now, I’m not really motivated to mess with it, but my job is to always entertain concepts and ideas and we’ll go through that.”
Yes, the Yankees do have holes in their roster, but relative to the rest of baseball they are actually looking very good. The biggest problem has really been the offense where Gardner’s return could plug a very big hole for them. There is still hope that Gardner will be back sometime within the next month though, but if he isn’t this is the biggest spot to expect the Yankees to make a move.
Other than that there is really only the bench to fix up. The rotation has been solid and everyone has been healthy so far. The bullpen has been phenomenal and is getting a pair of reinforcements soon in Joba and Aardsma with the latter being back in as little as two to three weeks.
The DH certainly could be upgraded too. Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones, who have platooned at the position, have both struggled this season. With Russell Branyan in the minors they could potentially replace Ibanez without making a trade and realistically it would be hard to replace Jones on the trade market without overpaying. So while it is a position that the Yankees could certainly use an upgrade it seems unlikely to expect one to come through trade unless something falls into their lap.