The highly anticipated trade deadline has come to an end, and as some teams remain satisfied with their season changing trade, others are left without any new contributions to their team, as their main concern now is to remain healthy and consistent.
Unfortunately, the New York Yankees are a part of the latter, as their inability to attain a suitable pitcher may put the Bombers in jeopardy.
There is no doubt about it, the Yankees are in need of pitching, and they have been since Andy Pettitte decided to retire and Cliff Lee chose to stand the Yankees up.
Although the pitching has exceeded expectations greatly, with Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia pitching like aces, it would be no surprise if both of these pitchers returned to their inconsistent pitching ways, especially during the pressure filled postseason.
According to Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger, General Manager Joe Girardi stated, “If guys keep stepping up like they’ve been, we should be okay.”
That is easier said than done.
In some respects, it is understandable why the Yankees were reluctant to trade for Jimenez. After all, the Colorado Rockies were after Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. The Rockies also refused to let Jimenez take a pre-trade physical exam, which was understandable for the Yankees to demand after his drop in velocity this season.
As the Cleveland Indians attained this ace pitcher, many were left to wonder, should we have just let him go?
Here are 10 reasons why the Yankees should have traded for Ubaldo Jimenez.