The New York Yankees, who in recent years have been perennial trade deadline buyers, surprised most by standing pat on July 31. Despite what some believe to be clear needs—another starting pitcher or a left-handed reliever, for instance—the Yankees remained faithful to the team that currently trots out to the field every night.
That does not mean, however, that New York will not make a move this month. The Yankees, along with every other team, can make trades in August for players who have cleared waivers.
But do they need to? Reason tells us they should; after all, no team is without a weakness or hole, and the Yankees have historically been apt to try and improve whenever possible.
Most likely, it will be a matter of who is available and for what price.
Nevertheless, the Yankees do not have to make a trade in August in order to be primed for the playoffs. But, if they are to remain stagnant, then certain things have to go right for them.
Here are the five most important ways in which the Yankees can survive without making a waiver deal.