The Major League Baseball trade deadline is fast approaching, and suddenly the Yankees may be forced into making a move—something that seemed highly unlikely just six days ago.
Alex Rodriguez is sidelined with a broken left hand until mid-September at the earliest, and Mark Teixeira may be facing a serious injury himself, according to ESPN. At first blush, the news does not appear all that bad since an X-Ray showed no breaks.
However, according to ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand, 'Tex' will undergo an MRI Tuesday.
Yankees' Teixeira will undergo MRI on wrist espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/s…
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 31, 2012
The Yankees most pressing need is hitting. While they lead the majors in a bevy of statistical categories, the team has lost eight of 11 games and there are still two full months left in the season for Baltimore, Tampa and even Boston to make a charge at the Bombers.
Chase Headley had been rumored as a possible trade piece that the Yankees could fill in at third base in A-Rod's absence, though that now looks less likely (SI.com). The cost would be prohibitive to the Yankees, and the reality is that the team seems to feel they can fill their needs internally.
So who do the Yankees have in their own organization that can serve as the proverbial band-aid for injuries to A-Rod and possibly Mark Teixeira? The pickings are slim and injuries to some minor leaguers have made matters more complicated.
Russell Branyan is on the triple-A disabled list, according to Chad Jennings of The Journal News. Another viable option, Ronnier Mustelier, is only one game back from an injury that sidelined him for over two weeks.
Branyan has a lengthy big league career—Mustelier is yet to arrive in 'The Show.'
The Yankees have until 4 pm today to decide what to do. They may decide to not give up any of their prized prospects like Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin and Mason Williams—most of whom are in the lower levels of their farm system.
Here are four possibilities that the Yankees' should give very serious consideration to in lieu of a deal.