MLB Trade Deadline: What Do the Yankees Do on July 31?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJuly 31, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline: What Do the Yankees Do on July 31?

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    We have officially reached the trading deadline for Major League Baseball.

    The 4 p.m. ET deadline will be upon us and a lot of major names are rumored to be on the block.

    The New York Yankees haven't been an active team this deadline, but they haven't been completely dead either.

    They have made two moves so far during the 2012 trade deadline.

    They acquired Chad Qualls from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later.

    The bigger move which was made last Monday, acquiring long-time All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor-league pitchers.

    With the 4 p.m.deadline looming, will the Yankees make any other moves at the deadline?

    Lets break down what the Yankees potentially could do on Tuesday afternoon.

Third Base Help?

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    When Alex Rodriguez went down with a broken hand, the rumors all started. Would the Yankees would make a deal for a third basemen?

    Chase Headley's name has popped up a lot for the Yankees; but, with each day passing, adding Headley seems like a long shot.

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports explained that the price tag for Headley will be expensive and too much for Brian Cashman to part with, especially if A-Rod is going to return in late August.

    For now, the Yankees have gone with Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix as a platoon role, but neither are going to replace A-Rod's power or regular production.

    The Padres could still deal Headley by the time 4 p.m. passes; but, if I were a betting man, I wouldn't count on the Yankees making a move to land the San Diego third basemen on Tuesday.

Bullpen Help?

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    Because Mariano Rivera will not be attempting to come off the DL in 2012, the Yankees could look for reinforcements for the second half.

    Rafael Betancourt of the Colorado Rockies has come up as a possibility for the Yankees, but other teams are interested in the Rockies right-handed reliever.

    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post: Aside from the Yankees, the Orioles, A's and Red Sox have also been interested in Betancourt's services as well.

    Betancourt could help the back end of the bullpen with David Robertson and Rafael Soriano and provide even more depth to the Yankees bullpen.

    If Brian Cashman does want to add Betancourt, what would Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd ask for?

The Return of Joba Chamberlain

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    The Yankees have been without Joba Chamberlain for the entire 2012 season.

    They could be on the verge of getting back their hard-throwing reliever this coming week, as he has been rehabbing in Trenton.

    Chamberlain will pitch again on Tuesday in Trenton and then the Yankees will reevaluate if Chamberlain will be able to return to the majors.

    On Sunday, he struck out three in 1.1 innings pitched and has showed a lot of signs of returning to his old form.

    Back in August of 2007, Joba got called up for the Yankees and was absolutely dominant as the setup man.

    Could he provide that same spark in 2012?

The Health of Mark Teixeira?

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    The loss of Alex Rodriguez for two months was bad enough.

    If the Yankees lose Mark Teixiera, that could be a really tough blow to the Yankees lineup.

    Teixeira had to leave the game on Monday night to have his wrist examined. X-rays showed no breaks, but an MRI will be done to see what is wrong with the wrist.

    If Teixeira is going to be out as well, could that change Brian Cashman's plans for the trade deadline and a need for offense?

    If Teixeira is out for a few days, then the Yankees could survive.

    If it's more than a few days, then the Yankees need to do something because the offense can't lose any more key bats.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    When I look at all of the rumor mills on many sites, the Yankees aren't mentioned in many discussions.

    The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be the biggest buyers while the Philadelphia Phillies seem to be the biggest sellers on Tuesday.

    Players who are still on the market, and have been rumored to be on the block are: Ryan Dempster, Alfonso Soriano, Cliff Lee, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, Matt Garza, Joe Blanton, Juan Pierre and Shin-Soo Choo.

    Of the major names mentioned, the Yankees aren't really tied to any of them.

    Some of the readers on here have said the Yankees should make a push for Cliff Lee, but that seems like a long shot, and some expect the Rangers to go after the veteran lefty.

    Brian Cashman doesn't want to make a deal and would prefer to go with the team as is.

    Although nobody did expect the Yankees to land Ichiro, so with Cashman, anything can happen between now and 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

    The clock is ticking towards the deadline. Do the Yankees make any other moves?

    Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.