LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees Improve Slightly During Historic Day In Trade Deadline History

Friday, August 1, 2014

Yankees Improve Slightly During Historic Day In Trade Deadline History

After one of the biggest days in trade deadline history, during which several teams improved vastly, the New York Yankees improved only slightly.  And that's okay.

If you were waiting for Brian Cashman to cast his net far and wide to bring in the best of the best, you haven't been paying attention to what they have or, more accurately, haven't been doing with their farm system. 

You also haven't been watching the games the big club has been playing, because if you had been, you would know they can't afford to part with the few players that have any trade value.

So, the Yankees did what they could do and, for the most part, it wasn't that bad. Here's a breakdown, including the transactions prior to yesterday:

1B Peter O'Brien for UT Martin Prado- I was initially upset that O'Brien had been dealt, but then I learned that O'Brien is essentially a homerun hitter and nothing else.  Prado is a veteran who seems to be a decent replacement for Ichiro Suzuki in right field.  After this season, he has two years remaining on a $40 million deal.

IF Kelly Johnson for SS Stephen Drew- This one is a head scratcher, not only for me but for many other Yankees fans out there.  While getting rid of Johnson was the right thing to do, how is Stephen Drew the answer at 2B?  However, everyone seems to think that Drew, who has not even played an inning at the position, will be an upgrade over Brian Roberts, who was DFA'd.

Claim of RHP Esmil Rogers- Costs nothing. Might be lightening in a bottle.

Cash for LHP Chris Capuano-  Basically costs nothing. Might be lightening in a bottle as well.

IF Yangervis Solarte for 3B Chase Headley- A career minor leaguer for a proven Major Leaguer. Why would you not make that deal?

LHP Vidal Nuno for RHP Brandon McCarthy- A journeyman for a veteran Major Leaguer. A no-brainer.

To sum up, while there are question marks with some of these deals, they are outweighed by what the Yankees got, and that is: better. Let the stretch run begin.

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