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Even the trade market running dry for the Yankees

Posted By Chad Jennings On December 1, 2011 @ 8:59 am In Misc | 101 Comments

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Last December, I looked back at the previous year of Yankees trades. There had been nine of them in a 12-month span — a little less than 12 months, actually — from Brian Bruney being shipped to the Nationals in December of 2009 to Juan Miranda being traded to the Diamondbacks in November of 2010.

In those 12 months, there were big trades for Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez, small trades for Greg Golson and a Rule 5 pick, and deadline deals for Kerry Wood and Lance Berkman.

So what kind of trades have the Yankees made in these past 12 months?

[3]February 2, 2011
RHP Adam Olbrychowski to the Nationals for OF Justin Maxwell

March 25, 2011
RHP Sergio Mitre to the Brewers for OF Chris Dickerson

That’s it.

Unless you count the June move to purchase Mitre back from Milwaukee, the Yankees have gone eight full months without making a deal. Brian Cashman said during the GM Meetings that he’s not opposed to making trades — and he’s obviously proven that in the past — but Cashman said it’s been “easy to stand down” based on asking prices.

One interesting note from Tyler Kepner’s story in the Times [4] earlier this week:

Cashman said he has found newer general managers to be unrealistic, asking far too much in trade talks than he is prepared to give.

No general manager, young or old, wants to be on the losing end of a trade. For now, it seems that Cashman is willing to wait for deals that make sense. Making a trade for the sake of making a trade never helped anyone, and Cashman’s been around long enough to stay calm on the trigger.

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[4] Tyler Kepner’s story in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/sports/baseball/yankees-calm-in-off-season-a-sign-of-no-pressing-needs.html?_r=1&ref=baseball