Potential Trade Deadline Options for the Yankees
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching, and many are anxious to see what kind of deals, if any, the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman can pull off.
The Yanks have already made a few moves. They brought in starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Vidal Nuno. They also acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yangervis Solarte and prospect Rafael De Paula. Most recently, the team added lefty Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.
Still, it feels as if there are holes that need to be filled on this team. Cashman voiced his desire to add another bat. The average fan could tell you an injury-plagued rotation is in need of another starter.
It begs the question: What options do the Yankees have?
Ian Kennedy: A former Yankee, Kennedy has been a high priority for New York for a few weeks now. He is 8-9 for the San Diego Padres, but has a solid 3.66 ERA and 9.5 K/9 ratio. Once considered a bust, Kennedy has established himself as a big league pitcher since being traded from the Yankees. He is 60-45 with a 3.83 ERA since his departure from the Bronx. Recent reports indicated the Padres were asking for prospects Ian Clarkin and Eric Jagielo from the Yankees in return for Kennedy.
Cliff Lee: Whenever Lee is made available, the Yankees always seem to be interested. He comes with several concerns, mainly his health. Lee was on the disabled list for sometime and got rocked in his first start back on July 21. He is scheduled to make one more before the deadline. However, because of the health concerns and the fact that he is owed roughly $50 million throughout the rest of his contract, Lee may not cost much in terms of prospects.
Jorge De La Rosa: The Rockies’ ace, De La Rosa is 11-6 with a 4.19 ERA, one that is undoubtedly affected by the hitter’s friendly Coors Field. The 33-year-old has twice won 16 games in a season and has 81 career victories in 11 seasons with Colorado, the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals. He is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 1.105 Whip in July.
John Danks: The Yankees have already spoken with the Chicago White Sox about Danks, but the talks have yet to go very far. It is unclear what type of package the Sox would want in return. Danks is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA this year. He is owed $33.9 million through the 2016 season.
Josh Willingham: The Yankees are in need of a corner outfielder with pop, and Josh Willingham could be the answer. He has nine home runs for the Minnesota Twins this year, but has only played in 54 games due to injury. He has hit at least 14 dingers in each of his nine full MLB seasons and hit a career-high 35 homers in 2012. He will be a free agent after the season and will cost very little to obtain.
Marlon Byrd: Byrd has put his power on display with the Philadelphia Phillies, belting 19 home runs and 59 runs batted in in his first year with the team. He is batting .269. Byrd had success with the New York Mets last season, showing he could play in the Big Apple, before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biggest problem is putting the ball in play. He has 120 strikeouts this season.
Aaron Hill: The Diamondbacks second baseman could be a solid upgrade over the Yankees’ incumbent, Brian Roberts. Arizona has made it clear that he is available. Hill is batting .251 with eight home runs and 49 RBI. Hill, a former Toronto Blue Jay, has experience in the AL East, but is owed $28 million through 2016. The Yankees may not want the long-term commitment.