As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, the Yankees have declared what they’re specifically looking for in this year’s trade market.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported the Yankees are currently looking for pitching and possibly a right-handed bat. But while the Yankees have mentioned they’re interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, they have voiced their reluctance to part with any of their top prospects. The team has already declared they have no interest in moving Luis Severino, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder. But general manager Brian Cashman also gave the notion the team might not do anything all by the deadline.
“There is a strong possibility that there might not be anything that makes sense for us,” Cashman told ESPN on Monday morning. “If you are focusing on: Are there going to be available starting pitchers [that] are better than what we have? Yeah, but will they be worth the price tag to acquire on a short-term rental, for instance? Is it worth the overall cost of some of the talent we have coming? That is what we would wrestle with. There are certain players that we do not want to move.”
The Yankees have been linked to players such as Cole Hamels, Mike Leake, Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto, but Cashman once again expressed his reluctance in acquiring anyone, especially with a thin trade market leading up to the July 31st deadline.
“I do like the chemistry in this clubhouse. I do like the personnel that we have,” Cashman said. “I recognized that we all have our flaws and defects and areas that could be better, but in some cases, you might not be able to address them because of availability just doesn’t exist. Or you may not be able to address them because you don’t want to step up and overpay to get them done. Those are things I will be discussing with ownership and certainly will take their lead and engage 29 other clubs. It is easier to predict no activity than significant activity. We’ll see.”