At 53-35, the New York Yankees don't "need" any more players to win. But they have a huge opportunity to improve their starting rotation if they take a prudent approach to the trade deadline of July 31st.
Sure, Phil Hughes is returning from the DL, but his numbers in his four starts this 2011 season aren't exactly desirable. He'll have to jump back into the rotation and be in mid-season form immediately.
Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia have been excellent in their starts this year, but I can't help but wonder when the honeymoon will end with these two. Colon didn't play at all in 2010, and Garcia was originally signed to a minor league contract.
That means GM Brian Cashman needs to go out and find at least one more arm to add to his staff.
In very un-Yankee fashion, I have five low-cost starting pitchers that I'd recommend he take a long look at because 1) they wouldn't cost New York very much in the form of prospects, and 2) the Yankees simply don't need a stellar ace since they've scored the third most runs in the MLB.