The July 31st trade deadline is a mere few weeks away, and the 2015 Yankees haven’t necessarily needed to bolster their roster like the 2014 Yankees did. But while the ball-club is good, the team could be better, which means you shouldn’t expect the Yankees to be completely idle as the trade deadline approaches.
“I like our club,’’ Yankees GM Brian Cashman said to the New York Post. “Can we be better? Of course. But with the [players] people are coming after, it’s easier to say no.’’
Cashman isn’t keen on parting with players such as Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird or Gary Sanchez, but if the right deal did come along, Cashman would have to ask Hal Steinbrenner whether or not it’d be okay to make the trade. So if Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman were heavily scouring the trade market to add a few pieces to their roster, who could they add?
1. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies: Everyone in the American League East wants Cole Hamels. But Cole Hamels intrigues the Yankees because he doesn’t have a no-trade clause to come to New York. Hamels also would be in his prime and would be in a contract until the year 2019. The only problem is, what would the Yankees have to give up in order to acquire Hamels? Would it have to be their prized prospects Severino and Judge? And would Hal Steinbrenner actually pull the trigger on this deal?
2. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds: The Yankees could use Johnny Cueto in their rotation, especially with CC Sabathia not pitching to his contract. But the problem with Cueto is he’s in the final year of his contract, which means he’d only be a midseason rental. Not to mention the Yankees would have to give up a lot for him. Unless the Yankees are able to work out a contract extension before the trade, I don’t think the trade would be a good fit.
3. Ben Zobrist, Oakland Athletics: Ben Zobrist has some plus sides if the Yankees are thinking of going this route; he wouldn’t cost the entire farm and he’d be under team control for another season. But Zobrist plays second base, which impacts both Stephen Drew and Rob Refsnyder. If the Yankees do land Zobrist, that means more diminished playing time for Drew, and the main question is what happens with Refsnyder. Would Refsnyder be a back-up player, or are the Yankees simply advertising Refsnyder for trade like they did with Jesus Montero prior to the Montero / Michael Pineda deal?