If the Yankees want to contend with the Red Sox in the AL East, they need to be buyers on the trade market before the deadline

The New York Yankees are baseball’s most recognized franchise, having won 27 World Series championships. But if general manager Brian Cashman thinks that this season’s Yankees team can contend to win the 2017 World Series, then he must put the Yankees as buyers on this year’s trade market. 

The Yankees sit at 45-41 at the all-star break, which is 3 and a half games off of the AL East division leading Boston Red Sox who sit at 50-39. They are home to the powerful young right fielder Aaron Judge who leads the MLB in home runs with 30 and is batting .330. 

The Bronx Bombers have also been plagued by injuries with Starlin Castro, Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday, and Greg Bird. But a new injury has arrived and it’s setting up a potential nightmare in the Bronx, as they may have lost starting pitcher Michael Pineda for the rest of the year to a Torn UCL which Tommy John Surgery is recommended for. And pitching was already a major issue for the Yankees, Pineda wasn’t pitching well either but it still hurts majorly as it may force Cashman’s hand to enter the buyers market.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was in discussions to acquire ex-White Sox SP Jose Quintana before he was dealt to the Cubs but now Cashman really needs to look long and hard on the trade market for a quality starter. He also needs to look into a trade for veteran relievers such as the Padres’ Brad Hand or the Phillies’ Pat Neshek. Both teams would be willing to deal the relievers for the right price. The Yankees definitely need to acquire one of these relievers as their bullpen hasn’t been spectacular as of late including Betances and Chapman, as both have struggled mightily.

Despite the need, Cashman will likely pull away from the trade market of starting pitchers as there are a few really talented pitchers like Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Johnny Cueto, and Sonny Gray, but the price is too high for a pitcher of their caliber and Cashman is right in not wanting to cash in and trade top prospects. Cashman could pull off a smaller deal and acquire a solid starter like the Braves’ Jaime Garcia, or the Reds’ Scott Feldman. 

In all honesty, who will be the fifth starter in the Yankees rotation after Pineda’s disaster injury? The Yankees could try out Chad Green who has 1.91 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 33 innings pitched. They could recall SP Luis Cessa who holds a 5.28 ERA after a few starts earlier in the year. If Cashman doesn’t trade for a starter, then the best option to go with is Green who has been stuffed in the bullpen but has been too good for the small role he currently has. 

And if Cashman could orchestrate a deal to acquire a first baseman for a rental, then it would be a solid move. The Athletics’ Yonder Alonso and Marlins’ Justin Bour are two players connected to trade rumors with the potential of wearing the Pinstripes in a few weeks. The bottom line is that the Yankees need to make some moves but not drastically drain the farm system here, they should look to acquire a solid starter, a reliever like Hand or Neshek, and a first baseman like Alonso or Bour. 

Who knows, maybe these trades will happen and make the Yankees better? Let us know what you think the Yankees should be doing at the trade deadline on Twitter and Facebook.

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