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Is it 2008 all over again? Have the Yankees thrown in the towel on the season? The Yankees are usually one of the busiest teams at the deadline, especially when they have needs. The 2011 version of the Yankees is a dominant, well-rounded team, but lacks the starting pitching depth to make a deep run through October. While there wasn’t a marquee name on the market this year, there were some pitchers would could have upgraded the Yankee rotation.
Wandy Rodriguez or Brett Myers of Houston, Jason Marquis of the Nationals (who went to Arizona), Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies (who went to Cleveland) all would have made for an upgrade over Freddy Garcia or Bartolo Colon---neither of whom can be trusted down the stretch. However it seemed the Yankees were unwilling to part with their better prospects for slight upgrades, and did not want to take on ridiculous contract (yeah, the Yankees...huh?)
The team the Yankees have now probably will not be the team they head into October with. Players will still be available once they clear waivers---no one is going to claim Wandy Rodriguez’s contract. If the Yankees target a pitcher who gets through waivers they could still be able to put a deal together.