You know the old saying, and what I’m saying as the July 31 trade deadline approaches is that the Yankees don’t need any fixing. With a two-game lead on Tampa in the East and the best record in baseball, even if the Bombers fall out of first in the division they will still be winning the wild card.
Brian Cashman would be wise to sit tight. Yes, Tampa is very good and the injury to Andy Pettitte isn’t ideal right now, but I would not sacrifice any of the young talent the organization is building for a free agent signing at the deadline. Keep in mind that the Yankees are not a bunch of spring chickens. As much as it pains me to say this, 35+ is old – we’re only talking in BASEBALL YEARS, mind you. Currently all of the Yankees’ super duper stars are part of the 35+ club: Jeter, Pettitte, Rivera, Posada and A-Rod (happy 35th birthday, Alex, btw). If you take another look at that list you will see that all but Mr. Rodriguez came up through the Yankees system so for all the haters that claim the Yankees buy their way into the post-season, that’s something to chew on for a while.
If Cashman were to make a move I suspect it would be to keep someone out of the hands of Boston or Tampa Bay, but I would hate to see him give up young talent to do so.
Roy Oswalt is being tossed around as a hot commodity out of Houston and it’s also rumored that Ted Lilly will return to the Bronx or maybe even Jake Westbrook will come from Cleveland. Oswalt will be 33 in August and has not so impressive numbers with a pretty atrocious team. Lilly is fiery, that is certain, and a lefty with experience playing in New York, but he turned 34 in January. Like Oswalt, Westbrook will be 33 later this year. Nope – I don’t think any of these is good enough to make a deal right now.
The other issue is that the Yankees have chemistry working in their favor. They are clicking together and that is of paramount importance. To remove someone from that equation right now and introduce an unknown variable (when did I become a math teacher?) could prove somewhat disastrous.
The Yankees don’t need fixing.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits