Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Best August Trade the Yankees Can Make


The August 31st trade deadline is quickly approaching and while we have seen more than a few teams take advantage of this month’s waiver wire trade deadline deals the New York Yankees have not been one of them. New York was said to be interested in the New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker before the team sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers while the team also thought they had a deal for Jay Bruce in place, also with the Mets, before he was shipped to the Cleveland Indians to solidify their playoff push. The good news for the Yankees though after missing out on two key players for their own postseason run is that the team can still make the very best trade they can during this month of August and it won’t even cost them all that much.

What do I mean? Well I don’t mean the Yankees can acquire another player from another team because of the payroll freeze set in place by Hal Steinbrenner but I do mean the team can get healthy, get some players off the disabled list and hit their stride right at the perfect time of the season. Currently the Yankees have a lot of big guns on the disabled list and many of them are getting close to coming off the disabled list including second baseman Starlin Castro, first baseman Greg Bird, RHP Masahiro Tanaka and LHP CC Sabathia.

Bird’s struggles have been well documented this season across the Yankees blogosphere but what many of those posts fail to address is the fact that Bird was trying to play through an ankle injury which could have absolutely led to him slashing just .100/.250/.200 in 60 at-bats. Bird is set to begin his rehab assignment tomorrow with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders although his rehab could go the maximum time allowed since the left-hander has missed so much of the 2017 season already.

With Castro, a 2017 AL All-Star, and Bird the Yankees offense should be much better while having two veteran arms in Sabathia and Tanaka can only benefit a young team headed towards a potential playoff berth. This may be the best, and only, option for the Yankees this month to improve the team so let’s hope for the best and hope for the health and effectiveness of these four players.


8 comments:

  1. We still might need that left handed bat. But you forgot about Holliday. We need all five clicking to over take Boston.

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    1. I don't have high hopes for Holliday as he will be zapped of power, energy etc. due to his bout with Epstein-Barr. I could be wrong and if he came back healthy and hitting the ball well he could be huge. I just don't have high hopes personally.

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  2. IF Bird can come back hitting as he can, then he IS the left handed bat...don't you think?

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    1. Thank you Mr. Burch!
      I do so miss the bygone days around here. When we disagreed with someone we Commented on it and got a lot of different opinions. Now days, if one disagrees with what someone writes they ignore the comment.
      Bye, Bye and take care of that family of yours...it's been fun!

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    2. Well some of our more opinionated people have seemingly disappeared for whatever reason. That falls on me I'm sure. I have been distant, busy and dealing with real life stuff. But I am still around and I read every single comment that's written here. And I always will.

      I hope you're not leaving us too.

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    1. I disagree, I bet you don't. You're just trying to be witty and provocative. Hahaha.

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