The trade deadline came and went on Wednesday and the Yankees haven’t made a move since the Alfonso Soriano trade last week.
The closest the Yankees got to a deal seems to have been with the Phillies for Michael Young. It got to the point where reporters confirmed that Young would approve a deal, but nothing ever came of that. It’s possible that Young could clear waivers and still be traded at some point in August.
There was some speculation that the Yankees could have made a deal with the Marlins for Placido Polanco, nothing ever got close there either. The Twins were shopping Justin Morneau, however the Yankees must have not liked their asking price because Jon Heyman said they were content with Lyle Overbay.
On one hand, I am not enthusiastic that the Yankees can make the playoffs at this point so I’m happy that they didn’t spend their prospects in some vain attempt to keep insisting that this is a “championship caliber” team. On the other hand, Soriano wasn’t enough to get them to the playoffs on his own. So why make that deal if they aren’t going to keep trying to improve that team?
To me it seems like the Yankees don’t know what they are. They aren’t sellers because they still have Joba Chamberlain and Hughes in the organization and they traded for Soriano last week. But they weren’t buyers either because they still have multiple holes in the lineup that need to be filled.
The good thing is that they didn’t make any moves that hurt the club long-term. Making a trade just to make a move, like they did last week with Soriano, doesn’t help anything. They can still make a trade in August with players who clear waivers. Hopefully they don’t run out of time because a 3.5 game deficit doesn’t sound like much, but with three teams ahead of them it’s not insignificant. The Yankees are running out of time.
• Even though the team is bad this is Mariano Rivera’s last season. Be sure not to miss one more chance to see him in person and buy NY Yankees tickets soon.