Throughout July, the Yankees had made multiple transactions with hopes of making the team better and turning them into a contending (possibly wild card) team. Let’s look at every trade the Yankees made this month and weigh in.
July 6, 2014
Every way you look at it, Brandon McCarthy was a good deal for the Yankees. Vidal Nuno honestly was a better bullpen piece and wasn’t made out to be a starter in New York; the only reason he made the rotation was because of the injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. With McCarthy, the Yankees get a quality ground ball pitcher who can give the Yankees length.
July 22, 2014
Yangervis Solarte was a feel good story for the first two months of the season, but when the Yankees saw an opportunity to snag Chase Headley, they took it. Headley is having a down year and has been battling a back injury but he plays an impeccable third base and has power, something the Yankees need. Brian Cashman said Headley is basically auditioning for a spot on the ball club next season (along with Prado and Drew), and so far he has impressed. I wouldn’t mind seeing Headley return on a small multi-year deal as the third basemen and Alex Rodriguez (if he returns) as the DH.
July 24, 2014
The New York Yankees have announced they have acquired LHP Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.
Chris Capuano only made one start for the Yankees so far, but I like this deal. He’s a veteran pitcher who knows how to pitch. He doesn’t throw overly hard, but he has an amazing pick-off move, one that could possibly challenge Andy Pettitte‘s. It’d be nice to see if he can continue his one good start for the duration of the season.
July 31, 2014
Stephen Drew’s not having the best year–but neither was Kelly Johnson. Johnson never really had a prominent role on the team; he first lost his job to Yangervis Solarte, then regained it when Solarte struggled and then lost his job again to Chase Headley. With Stephen Drew, they know they have a good defensive infielder. He’s going to play second base going forward, but I would not hesitate to have him play shortstop and Brendan Ryan play second base should Derek Jeter need a day off.
July 31, 2014
Martin Prado is going to play RF for the duration of the season, so that means Ichiro Suzuki goes back to being the fourth outfielder. Prado has a decent bat and can play the infield, so he’s another option the Yankees have if Derek Jeter needs a day off. Peter O’Brien was an interesting player to trade away, but in the end the Yankees made the right choice. He had a good year in Double-A and the Yankees were able to capitalize on that to get a major league infielder.
Final Verdict: Brian Cashman didn’t have a lot of pieces to trade away, but he was able to get upgrades on the players he already had on the roster. Brandon McCarthy is an upgrade to Vidal Nuno, Chase Headley is an upgrade to Yangervis Solarte, Chris Capuano is an upgrade to Chase Whitley, Stephen Drew is an upgrade to Brian Roberts and Martin Prado is an upgrade to Kelly Johnson. I’ll end this post with this: Good job, Brian Cashman. Now let’s see if these deals can pay off and earn the Yankees at least a wild card spot.