The Yankees have played mediocre baseball throughout the first half of the season, but they have one thing going for them as they prepare for the second half of the season: The entire American League East has flaws. The Baltimore Orioles don’t have a true ace in their rotation, the Toronto Blue Jays are missing some of their big power bats, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are currently battling for a spot in the AL East cellar and the Yankees are smack dab in the middle. In laments terms: the Yankees are not out of a division race and instead of trying to sell pieces, they should try to find a way to bring pieces in to help them in their quest to win the AL East.
The Yankees have called up players such as Shane Greene, who has been phenomenal in his last two starts and they’ve gotten a good outing from Brandon McCarthy, a player they recently traded for. However, while the Yankees are having some small luck with their acquisitions, an executive who has been monitoring the farm system told the New York Daily News “There are no Brett Gardner‘s, no Robinson Cano‘s lying around down there.” In other words, the Yankees don’t have enough pieces to pull off a trade for lets say, David Price.
They could call the Phillies and inquire about the players they’re trying to sell, Cliff Lee for example. The executive believes the Yankees have all the right tools to pull off a deal for Lee at this point in his career.
“They’ve always been enamored of Cliff Lee and I don’t think the Phillies would want anything, top-prospect wise,” the executive said. “They could put together two or three guys to get Lee if they took all the money. They’ve been dying to get him for years. Now’s the chance.”
The Yankees by no means are sellers; just because they lost Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t mean that it’s time to give away the top players. There’s still an entire second half of the season to play and it doesn’t make sense for fans to give up on the team when there’s a chance for the Yankees to get on a hot streak. Until the Yankees are officially out of contention, the season is not over. The entire AL East is flawed and the Yankees have a chance to fix their flaws and emerge as contenders.
The Yankees are going to continue to be aggressive and I don’t blame them; if there’s anything we’ve learned from baseball over the years it’s that anything could happen.