After settling into a Chicago hotel room and reading the New Yorker’s intense account of the Bin Laden raid, it’s back to the business of covering the Yankees: The same Yankees I was covering before the trade deadline.
My hope is that all of you spent the deadline weekend doing something other than consuming absurd amounts of DayQuil — seriously, I was on the only person in the world less active than Brian Cashman this weekend — but also hope that none of you were banking on a massive Yankees maneuver, because it just wasn’t in the cards this year.
The Yankees don’t have a glaring hole this year, nor do they have a significant depth problem. The only way to clearly improve this team was to add a high-profile, high-cost player either to replace Jorge Posada at DH or to give the team a clear No. 2 starter. Those moves would have been extremely costly, and it’s tough to pay such a high price for a move that might not be necessary.
In the lineup, Posada gave a glimmer of hope, but he’s since fallen off. The situation could be resolved when Alex Rodriguez comes off the disabled list, or it could be resolved even sooner if the Yankees move Jesus Montero to the big leagues. John Nalbone — an old friend who’s well connected in this organization — says the Yankees are planning to move Montero to the big leagues “in the very near future.” *
In the rotation, the Yankees literally have more starters than they know what to do with (and that’s not counting Adam Warren, who’s spot in the Triple-A rotation was shuffled specifically so that he could have started one of Saturday’s double header games had Ivan Nova not been healthy enough). To upgrade there, the Yankees needed someone clearly better than what they have, and I’m not sure the market provided such a thing. Ubaldo Jimenez was the closest thing to a sure No. 2 that moved this weekend, but he came with his own concerns and a price tag that seemed excessive.
Could you say with absolute confidence that Wandy Rodriguez, Erik Bedard, Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda or whoever else floated through trade rumors last week would be more reliable than Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes through these final two months?
Two other things in the wake of the Yankees non-trade trade deadline:
1. The only true deadline addition they made in 2009 was Jerry Hairston Jr., and that year seemed to workout pretty well. 2. There are still deals to be made. If the Yankees discover that they really do need another pieces, the waiver trade market should be robust. Both Buster Olney and MLBTradeRumors took a look at some of the platers who could be available in August.
Finally, in choosing a picture for the blog post, I went with one that has nothing to do with the trade deadline or the series opener in Chicago or the current Yankees winning streak. I chose the most memorable thing I saw while drowning myself in cold and flu medicine. Brett Gardner is usually a bit meticulous in the way he takes care of his bats, so that end-of-the-game meltdown was especially epic.
* I already checked around today and there are currently no plans to have Montero with the big league club tonight. I’m sure John has a good source telling him the move is going to happen fairly soon, but it sounds like it won’t be today.
Associated Press photo