New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has searched through the waiver wire and his own farm system to keep the team afloat despite a whirlwind of injuries.
Now that the July 31 trade deadline is less than two weeks away, Cashman will be calling a variety of teams to get a grasp on which players are available.
The Yankees, at 51-44, are six games out in the American League East and three games out of the American League Wild Card. But it would be a mistake to say they’re in a bad position.
Reinforcements are coming.
Alex Rodriguez plans to rejoin the team on Monday, July 22, via USA Today, Derek Jeter is hoping to avoid another stint on the disabled list with a quad strain after playing in one game this season and Curtis Granderson is on the brink of rejoining the team as well.
Still, Cashman and the Yankees are in the market for a corner outfielder, a corner infielder and a catcher.
Currently 20th in the majors in runs scored, 24th in team batting average and 26th in slugging percentage, the Yankees desperately need offense. The only reason New York is seven games above .500 is because of the pitching.
Lacking trade chips, it will be difficult for Cashman to strike a deal this summer with very little availability in the trade market.
However, big names such as Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Ichiro Suzuki were added at the deadline in recent years, so here are some blockbuster moves Cashman should consider before July 31.
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