As the July 31st trade deadline approached, the Yankees for the most part stood pat. Their lone acquisition was Dustin Ackley, who eventually went on the disabled list and while the Yankees were attached to multiple names throughout the deadline, in the end no one seemed to pique their interest. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays bolstered their team, adding Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, LaTroy Hawkins and Ben Revere, four pieces that were vital when the Blue Jays swept the Yankees at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
After the Blue Jays swept the Yankees, it left many wondering if the Yankees regret not making a deal before the trade deadline, and many also wonder if Brian Cashman regrets not making a few trades to bolster the Yankees roster.
Since the Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki, the team is 11-1 and after a brutal weekend for the Yankees, the team is only 1.5 games ahead of the Jays in first place entering play today. And while the Blue Jays have been playing well, the Yankees have been slumping; Alex Rodriguez is 5-for his last-27 and it’s been 11 games since Rodriguez homered. Jacoby Ellsbury, who returned from the disabled list just before the All-Star break, is hitting .191 since last month.
It was quite clear before the trade deadline the Yankees needed at least another arm in the rotation or maybe even another power bat. But since they haven’t made any deals, the Toronto Blue Jays have the Yankees number, and it makes the series at the Rogers Centre this weekend all the more important. If the Yankees are able to extract revenge against the Blue Jays, they’ll regain their decent lead in the standings. If not…, the Yankees might have to shift their focus to going for the Wild Card, which would have been an afterthought exactly one month ago from today.