Despite Manager Aaron Boone’s insinuation that the New York Yankees‘ offense is performing satisfactorily, General Manager Brian Cashman provides a contrary view.
Cashman stresses that the offense is struggling to score runs, a sentiment echoed by owner Hal Steinbrenner. This dissonance within the front office might suggest a potential move in the trade deadline as a desperate attempt to salvage the season.
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The Yankees’ Urgent Need for Offensive Outfielders
Carlos Rodon’s impending return after his successful first rehab assignment with Somerset means the starting rotation may not require additional support. On the other hand, the outfield is desperately crying out for an offensive boost, particularly with Aaron Judge out and Harrison mainly contributing through his defensive prowess.
Cashman emphasizes that the Yankees are perpetually open to additions that will enhance their winning odds. However, the team’s futile search for an outfielder during the winter has left a visible void. This need has intensified due to the present dearth of strong outfielders, resulting from the release of Aaron Hicks and the demotion of Oswaldo Cabrera to Triple-A.
Potential Trades at the Deadline
The imminent trade deadline might be thin on options, but potential trades could emerge from the lesser-performing teams. The Washington Nationals could be open to selling outfielder Lane Thomas, while the St. Louis Cardinals might consider moving Brendan Donovan. However, teams with stronger players are better positioned to reach the playoffs.
For instance, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs are within striking distance in the NL Central. Consequently, only divisions like the AL East and the NL West are struggling to put together positive seasons. Despite a commendable 41 wins, the Yankees are currently trailing by 9.5 games in the AL West, primarily due to the Tampa Bay Rays’ exceptional 52–25 record.
Cashman’s Potential Moves
Cashman has a few key moves to consider with the trade deadline fast approaching. One of his potential assets includes infielder Oswald Peraza, who has yet to be called up despite the lackluster performance of Josh Donaldson. Several notable prospects may be blocked by superior players down the line, suggesting potential trade pieces.
However, the team’s persistent approach of patching deficiencies at the deadline each summer does not denote a winning strategy.
Instead, it highlights poor roster construction. The Yankees have consistently signed and traded for injury-prone players, which has ultimately proven detrimental over the past seasons. This trend must change if they wish to remain competitive in the future.