2010 Trade Deadline: Six Players The New York Yankees Should Consider
On July 31st we all know there will be new additions to the Bronx Bombers. The question is: Who will be in New York?
The Yankees have stated that they would like to add a "bench bat" and a relief pitcher. With the recent injury of Andy Pettitte, one can imagine they would add another starting pitcher. In my debut to Bleacher Report, these are the contenders who I think will be in Yankee blue by the end of the trade deadline.
1. Joakim Soria
This right-handed closer from the Kansas City Royals can improve the Yankee bullpen significantly. With an ERA of about 2.5 and projected to have 45 saves, Soria is having one of the best seasons of his career.
He could serve as the perfect set-up man for the great Mariano Rivera, or he can serve as a closer if Mariano needs rest. The question is: How much do the Yanks have to give up for him? Will the Royals give up one of the top closers in baseball, or will the Yankees land the “Mexicutioner?”
2. Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn is fed up with the Nationals. They don’t know what to do with him. Resign him? Trade him? The slugger wants to help out a winning team.
Although the Nationals are slowly forming a very well balanced team with their draft of Bryce Harper and pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg, 2010 is not their year. With a chance to hit 38–40 HRs for the eighth straight season, Adam Dunn is on many “shopping lists.”
If the Yankees do acquire Dunn, which will be extremely surprising, he would serve as a permanent DH or possible 1B/LF. Although it is very unlikely the Yankees will be in the race to win Adam Dunn, the slugger would make a great addition to any ballclub.
3. Leo Nunez
Also having a great season with the Florida Marlins is right-handed closer Leo Nunez. With an ERA of 2.8 and projected 40 saves, he can serve as a set-up man just like Joakim Soria.
The Yankees have a better shot at getting Nunez. He comes fairly cheap ($2 million) for a pitcher of his caliber. Hey, I’ll take him over Chan Ho Park or Joba Chamberlain any day.
4. Cody Ross
Cody Ross is a fairly good hitter at age 29. He’s not having a spectacular season, but he’s perfect for what the Yankees need. Ross has some power and is a good defender in the outfield.
He's batting around .275 with 40+ RBIs and a slugging percentage of .400. If packaged with Leo Nunez, the Yankees can pull off a very valuable trade that includes their top priorities.
5. Ted Lilly
With Andy Pettitte hurt and AJ Burnett pitching horribly, the Yankees need another starter. They say they don’t but lets face it. Would you like bullpen arms starting the game for a team? What belongs in the bullpen should stay in the bullpen!
Ted Lilly would be a nice addition to the rotation. He may be 3-8 but he shined during interleague play, throwing a one hitter versus the hard-hitting White Sox. In addition to serving as Andy Pettitte’s temporary replacement, he could also serve as a starter if Burnett was banished to the bullpen to work out his issues. If Ted Lilly comes to New York, that 3-8 record would be improved in no time.
6. Xavier Nady
Well this one came from left field. As you look in shock at your computer screen, let me explain why he would make a nice addition.
First off, you would not have to give up much for him. The Cubs have a surplus of outfielders so they probably would cut him loose. Second, Nady is really not standing out in the NL. He came up big during some situations while in his short tenure in New York. If I can remember correctly, he had six RBIs once in a game. As long as his doesn’t require another Tommy John surgery, the Yankees would welcome him back with open arms.
Lastly, he meets the qualifications of what the Yankees need. Nady is a nice bat off the bench, a decent outfielder, and an extra 1B man. He’s familiar with the players and would make a decent addition if packaged with Ted Lily. Besides, I hated seeing Nady go to the Cubbies.
7. Honorable Mentions
Batters: David DeJesus and Ty Wigginton
Pitchers: Bruce Chen and Kerry Wood
NOT: Jayson Werth or Roy Oswalt (Please stay in the NL!)