Yankees Trade Rumors: Ranking New York's Top 3 Deadline Priorities

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Yankees Trade Rumors: Ranking New York's Top 3 Deadline Priorities
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The New York Yankees are the hottest team in baseball.  They have won 20 of their last 26 games, including an MLB-best 10-game winning streak along the way, and there have been no signs of them slowing down.

The team has been greatly aided by a string of quality performances by the starting rotation.  Under the lead of Andy Pettitte—yes, Pettitte, not staff ace C.C. Sabathia—the rest of the rotation has really stepped up their game.  

Ivan Nova is back on a winning streak, having won his last five starts with a 2.50 ERA.  Hiroki Kuroda has started to attain a little more consistency, going 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA over his last five starts.  Even Phil Hughes has shown signs of returning to his All-Star 2010 form, winning three straight decisions to the tune of a 1.69 ERA before a rocky outing against the Braves on Wednesday.

So, with these kinds of performances from the usual weak point—the starting rotation—coupled with the usual strong offense, what more could GM Brian Cashman hope to add to this team?  The Yankees are the best team in the AL, and are just half a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the big leagues.  How could they possibly get any better?  

Well, as much as it might seem like it, the Yankees are not perfect.  What made those dynasty teams of the 90s so good was their depth.  Those teams literally had no weak links, as there was always one player that possessed the skills to offset the weakness of another.  They worked together to win the World Series, and with one or two new pieces, the 2012 Yankees could do the same.

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