Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is 48 hours away. It hits on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, and the Yankees really have five options:
1. Go for it. Sure, they’re 7.5 games out of first place, but they’re only 2.5 away from a wild card berth. They’ve already made one move to upgrade the offense, and they could make one or two more to fill needs at catcher or the infield corners. The farm system might not be loaded, but there seem to be enough promising pieces for a fairly significant addition if the Yankees are willing to give up a ton.
2. Bits and pieces. More moves like the Alfonso Soriano trade. The Yankees could look for short-term upgrades, but nothing that’s going to gut the system or cost massive parts of the future. Gary Sanchez isn’t on the table. Neither is Rafael De Paula. Probably not Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, J.R. Murphy or Tyler Austin, either. Improvements, but not necessarily standout additions.
3. Hold tight. With the Alex Rodriguez situation, and the Curtis Granderson rehab, and the recent losing trend for a team still technically in the hunt, there’s simply too much unknown for the Yankees to make a significant move one way or the other. Maybe something after the non-waiver deadline, depending on how the next few weeks shake out.
4. The hopeful seller. The Yankees don’t have to give up on the season to begin unloading some big leaguers. If there’s legitimate value in Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain, the Yankees could move them and find replacements from within. Of course, that requires finding a contending team that wants what the Yankees don’t need.
5. Plan for the future: The overall record doesn’t fully reflect the state of this roster. Even with players getting healthy, the Yankees have to be realistic about their chances and make an all-out push to stock for the future. Injuries meant this simply wasn’t the Yankees year, and any Major League player is on the table.
Which route would you suggest? And which are you expecting?