The MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone, and the New York Yankees did NOTHING! If you listen to Yankee GM Brian Cashman, it was not for a lack of effort. So we dive into why the Yankees staying pat at the Deadline is enough.
Prices Were Higher Than Usual
If you listened to Cashman’s press conference about the trade deadline, one thing was made very apparent. And that was the fact that the asked for cost to acquire starters was extraordinarily high and unreasonable. And that is evident by the fact that many of the big-name starting pitchers did not move. The Yankees were never going to part way with Deivi Garcia, Clint Frazier, and Estevan Florial in the same one deal. (If any deal at all.) Someone clubs were asking for these players plus more the Yankees were not going to deal. Trade deadline deals are always and overpay when you’re a first-place club. But the Yankees were not going to be extorted this trade deadline.
Reinforcements on the Way
Well, the New York Yankees team is one of the best clubs in baseball, they are not at full strength. If the Yankees are able to get back their players from the IL in a healthy and full-strength capacity, it is like the Yankees acquired five or six All-Star caliber players. Brian Cashman understands what his team is capable of when at full strength. And if you spent any time watching this team, you know how dangerous they can be when fully healthy. Getting back players like Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luke Voit will push this team to the next level. When looking at what the market had to offer this trade deadline, there was not an available name, actually available, that could have helped the Yankees. As Brian Cashman told us many names rumored to be available truly were not acquirable.
68-39 Record, 2nd Best in the Majors
Despite not making any noteworthy Acquisitions at the trade deadline the New York Yankees are still a stacked team. Currently, the Yankees are tied for the second-best record in Major League Baseball. And while the Astros, made some big moves, the Yankees are waiting in the wings with their steps. Taking on the Astros as a potential ALCS matchup would be a tough matchup for the Yankees. However not improbable to say that the Yankees could walk away as the winners. To this point in the season, the Yankees have survived countless errors, injuries, ineffectiveness and yet remain atop the AL East. What’s the record of 68 – 39 the Yankees remaining seven games above the Tampa Bay Rays and ten games above the Boston Red Sox in the American League East Division.
We may not have gotten the Blockbuster we were hoping for at the trade deadline. But the team that takes the field each and every night allows the team the opportunity to win. If the Yankees starters can find some momentum going in the positive direction, it will make the Yankees even more dangerous. If the injured Yankees return healthy and strong, it makes the team even more potent. The 28th World Championship in franchise history is within grasp. Now we have to wait and see how the team responds. And how that 28th World Series champions Banner looks in the Bronx.