With the trade deadline behind us, there’s one more date that we have to look forward to: August 31st, which is the waiver deadline. While the Yankees did next to nothing before the trade deadline, they’re beginning to scour the waiver market and the team has been linked to one particular name to play in the infield.
According Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Yankees are potential candidates for Phillies second basemen Chase Utley, who the Yankees could see as a replacement for Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan. They tried trading for a utility player in Dustin Ackley just before the trade deadline, but Ackley ended up on the 15-day DL with a lumbar strain.
Utley just returned from the disabled list after nursing an ankle injury, but he hasn’t been the power bat the Phillies needed. Utley has hit .185/.260/.286 in 67 games this season not to mention he’s 36 years old. The Yankees could use Utley with hopes he gets his power stroke back, but if not…he’d just be another aging bat on the roster…like Carlos Beltran.