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Are the New York Yankees Buyers Before the Trade Deadline?

July 13th, 2012 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

When CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both went down with injuries with in 24 hours of each other you would have thought there would be panic in the Bronx.

'Yankee Stadium 2' photo (c) 2008, Mark - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

This isn't your George Steinbrenner's Yankees anymore, under son Hal and general manager Brian Cashman the "new" Yankee hierarchy is taking the wait and see approach. Cashman in particular has said he wasn't going to rush to look for a deal, since most of them would have to include prized prospects in the Yankee organization.

Sabathia will be back this coming week, so four fifths of your rotation is still intact. Ivan Nova, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes have stepped up and pitched well. Freddy Garcia now slotted in the fifth spot has his velocity back and is contributing. Over the last 30 days the starting pitching has a combined 13-4 record.

Andy will be out for a minimum of two months, so are the Yankees buyers as the deadline approaches? Between Garcia and David Phelps the Yankees believe they have the fifth spot covered. Cashman has said other GMs are calling wanting some of the top prospects off New York's Single-A affiliate Charleston River Dogs. The team is loaded with potential Major Leaguers and Cashman won't even consider trading any of them in any deal. 

Matt Garza has been a player the Yankees have had on their radar for some time, but the price may be too steep for Cashman and Co. The latest is Cliff Lee says Peter Gammons of MLB.com. Lee, really? You can't be serious, he is another aging big contract pitcher who has won only one game this season. Cashman will never take on that contract and give up prized prospects. Lee didn't want to come to the Yankees originally so who thinks he would want to now. Bad idea.

Having a seven game lead in the AL East helps along with the homer happy offense producing the runs.

Two huge question marks that don't have anything to do with pitching need to be answered. Will Brett Gardner ever get back this year? If he has another set back in his third rehab stint he will never see action again in 2012.

The second one is Russell Martin's lack of offensive production. Can the Yankee continue to carry his bat through the second half of the season and post season? Does a move have to be made if he continues to hit below the Mendoza line? Manager Joe Girardi believes with the rest during the All-Star break Martin will be poised to have a better second half. The Yankees can only hope their manager is correct.

Joba Chamberlain is almost ready to come off his rehab and rejoin the club which is better than any trade for the bullpen the Yankees can muster.

Championship teams weather the storm of injuries and inconsistencies in their lineup. If the Yankees are to go all the way to the World Series they need to continue to push through any adversity that comes their way. 

Tags: Baseball, Brett Gardner, Brian Cashman, Joba Chamberlain, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Russell Martin

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