The New York Yankees have been active lately as the July 30 trade deadline quickly approaches. They recently traded away two infield prospects, Diego Castillo and Hoy Park, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for relief pitcher Clay Holmes and followed that up with another trade that sent two relievers, Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa, to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later. These two moves free up a little bit of money, as well as an active roster spot, for the Yankees to continue to work before the trade deadline.
Yankees Targeting a Big Move
All signs indicate that the Yankees are preparing to land an impact player before the trade deadline to help them with their postseason push. After all, they are now five games over .500 and just 2.5 games out of a wild card spot in the American League after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The Yankees are rumored to be interested in landing one of the available centerfielders such as Joey Gallo or Starling Marte and have also reportedly made an offer to acquire Trevor Story from the Colorado Rockies.
With the Rockies almost definitely being sellers at the trade deadline, and with Story being their best player but on an expiring contract, it is very likely that he will be dealt at some point in the next few days. It’s unclear exactly what the offer on the table is, but the Yankees have in fact made one. Even more important than adding his bat to the lineup, which is a major upgrade, is the much-needed help that he would bring defensively to the shortstop position. Gleyber Torres has really struggled at times and this trade would allow for him to move back to second base where he looked much more comfortable.
If the Yankees do land Story and his elite defense at shortstop, it would likely slide DJ LeMahieu over to first base, Torres to second, and Gio Urshela would remain at third base. This is a drastic improvement defensively to their infield without sacrificing any offense at all. In this scenario, Luke Voit, who can’t seem to stay healthy anyway, would lose his everyday starting role but the Yankees would have much more roster flexibility. LeMahieu and Urshela are effective at multiple positions and Voit can even DH some days when Giancarlo Stanton finally returns to getting playing time in the outfield. On many different levels, Story would solve many of the problems that the team is having.
The biggest hole on the Yankees roster is a true everyday centerfielder. Brett Gardner is way past his days of being successful in this role and while Greg Allen has been a pleasant surprise, he’s probably more effective long-term in a fourth outfielder type of role. Gallo and Marte are likely the two biggest names available in terms of outfielders and either one would provide a nice boost. In addition to the defensive help in centerfield, Gallo would be the lefty slugger that the Yankees are currently missing. While Marte is another righty, he is more of a true centerfielder than Gallo and would contribute elite defense at the position and a plus bat as well.
Not Done Yet
Of course, there is no guarantee that the Yankees will score one of the big names before the trade deadline but GM Brian Cashman is certainly trying to make a splash. He has already made some moves in the bullpen that have pretty clear indications that he is not done yet. He will continue to do his best to improve the team while they prepare to make a playoff push over the last couple of months of the season. The Yankees came into this season with the same goal that they have in most seasons, to win a World Series. The first half of the year didn’t exactly go the way that they were hoping, but their goal is still well within reach. One big move before the trade deadline can greatly increase their chances of achieving it.
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