Friday, July 25, 2014

Yankees Early Returns On Traded Players

Brian Cashman is at it again and may marginally upgrade his team all the way to the playoffs. Brandon McCarthy, Jeff Francis, Chase Headley, and now most recently Chris Capuano were not the big names that Yankees fans have grown accustomed to acquiring at this time of the year but the moves have worked out nonetheless. Let's take a look, while remembering the extremely small sample sizes we're dealing with before we anoint Brian Cashman, at the early return on the newest Yankees.

Brandon McCarthy has had the biggest turnaround of any of the new Yankees. McCarthy had a 5.01 ERA in Arizona while struggling with his command, control, and struggling to keep the ball down and in the ballpark. McCarthy has come to New York and dusted off his cutter to the tune of a 1.45 ERA. McCarthy has won two games for New York at home and the first game on the road the team won while McCarthy took a no decision. McCarthy may be the man we talk about in September that truly saved the Yankees rotation and season.

Chase Headley was hitting .229/.296/.355 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. As a member of the Yankees we still haven't heard John Sterling's home run call and Headley's only RBI was of the walk off variety but Headley has slashed a .333/.333/.500 while playing great defense at the hot corner.

The Francis and Capuano stories are obviously marked as incomplete at this point but Headley and McCarthy may have returned the Yankees to prominence.

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