Yanks Quiet as Trade Deadline Passes
As the 4pm trade deadline crept closer and closer, most Yankees fans probably felt like it was just a matter of time before news broke on a trade that would help them increase their chances of a long postseason run. But 4pm came and went, and the Yankees stood pat.
There were some late rumblings revolving around the Yankees and Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez but the two teams couldn’t come to terms. The Astros insisted upon the Yankees or any other team who wanted Rodriguez to take on his entire $39 million dollar salary in addition to giving up a couple of quality prospects. The Yankees would not part ways with young pitching studs like Banuelos, Betances, or Nova. The Astros have dumped a ton of salary in recent weeks, trading away up and coming center fielder Michael Bourn as well as do-it-all right fielder Hunter Pence. They clearly want to clear their books and start from scratch which makes me think the Astros will more than likely put Rodriguez on waivers. If so, the Yankees could snatch him up, although they would then be taking on his $39 million dollar contract, without giving up their prospects.
Ubaldo Jimenez was the only available pitcher worth giving up a prospect or two on, mainly because he’s a top of the rotation starter who’s signed at a reasonable price for the next two years. Unfortunately, the Indians pounced on the Rockies right-hander a few days earlier. The Yanks also missed out on Padres set-up man Mike Adams, a young lights-out reliever with closer stuff, as he went to the Rangers.
I think the Yanks played the deadline the right way. There wasn’t a starting pitcher on the market other than Jimenez that would have been a clear upgrade over say Ivan Nova, who made the start in the second game of the double-header against the Orioles on Saturday. Nova has pitched extremely well and may take Phil Hughes’ spot in the rotation if Hughes has another poor performance. I also look for young lefty Manny Banuelos, who was just called up to Triple-A Scranton earlier today, to either come up as a starter later in the season or as a second lefty in the bullpen alongside Boone Logan. The Yanks also just got Eric Chavez back and will soon be getting back Rafael Soriano and Alex Rodriguez. I think the Yanks will be fine for the remainder of the regular season, but having Burnett or Colon as a number two starter in the playoffs is a very scary proposition. We’ll see what happens in the coming days and weeks as the playoff races become tighter and rivalries heat up.