Yankees make no trades during July deadline

michael-youngThe 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.

The Yankees supposedly were getting calls for Phil Hughes, who they’ve been shopping for some time now. Obviously nothing happened though. The Braves were the most prominent name mentioned.

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.

The only other talk was Alberto Callaspo, but he ultimately went to Oakland, and Alex Rios. All those Rios rumors died when the Yankees acquired Soriano though.


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.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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8 Responses to Yankees make no trades during July deadline

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I think you're spot on about the club not knowing where it's at. There is only a remote chance this offense can make it to the playoffs, and yet they did not attempt the big upgrades needed at 3B, C, or a platoon 1Ber. Money drives everything with the current ownership, so they added Soriano hoping he'll be enough to give them a chance and perhaps boost attendance. But a below .300 OBP hitter is not what's needed.
    A more audacious plan would have been to admit they are in the rebuilding phase and start to sell off pieces that aren't coming back in 2014: Hughes, Chamberlain, possibly Kuroda, Hafner, Overbay, Nunez. And to shop Wells and Suzuki. No more patching the tire, throw it out and go with the kids. Really start fresh for 2014.
    Of course the big domino is A-Roid. If he's banned for life (we can but hope), or at least 2013 and 2014, then that might allow the team to avoid going over $189 mil and add some decent players at the same time.

    • David K. says:

      An even more plan would have been to work out a blockbuster deal sending Robinson Cano somewhere for prospects. He's not the same hitter he was two years ago and he's not getting any younger. It's incredible that they held on to Hughes and Chamberlain: these guys won't be signed, right? So why didn't we get something for them? We have been out of this thing since getting swept by the Orioles. By the time it's over, we'll finish at least five games out of the last wild card spot. If by some miracle we make the post season, it'll be over in the first round.

  2. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    I have to say that trading for Soriano was very good when you consider what we gave for him, and of course I prefer Soriano over Hafner, Overbay, Suzuki, Gardner or Granderson facing a lefty pitcher.

    A lot of people is mad at Cashman or the FO but the players we were considering didn't move, Young, Morales, Morse and Ruiz continued in their teams which means the prices were too high and I'm very happy we didn't give away good prospects for them. Something different would be if one of those players was traded to a different team for somebody like Corey Black.

    Right now I'll just continue enjoying the rest of the season, if Granderson and Jeter have huge come backs we could make it to playoffs but It really doesn't look like that and If things go down It would be a good test for players like Mesa, Neal, Mustellier, Murphy, and specially Adonis Garcia

  3. Mike Baker says:

    Cashman should be ashamed of himself for not making a move yesterday,George turned over in his grave

  4. hotdog says:

    I didn't want the Yankees to be buyers but was disappointed that they couldn't unload some ballplayers, possibly getting some decent prospect in return…i've not been convinced that Cashman is good with making trades…how much of it is his personality, how much personnel and how much is he respected by other GM's…

  5. LHS says:

    Rob, the Yankees are not "bad." A team over .500 is not "bad." Also, Sori was a good pickup because of the relatively small amount that the Yanks are paying him for this year and next (under $7M). The Cubs are eating most of his salary. Actually, Sori was a good pickup for the Yanks.

  6. tommy cassella says:

    it does not surprise me that no teams were interested in hughes and joba hopefully, the two of them will be gone next year..

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