After an injury-plagued first half of the season, the New York Yankees will be getting a number of key players back soon. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have already begun rehab stints and Curtis Granderson should be back within the month. However, their returns won’t be enough to make this Yankee team a serious contender if they make it to October.
While they might make a few minor moves throughout the month, they need to make one major one — trade for Michael Young.
Young would be beneficial for the Yankees in a couple of ways. First of all, he would be an insurance policy for Rodriguez. There’s no doubt that if he’s healthy, Rodriguez will play third base for the Yankees, but there’s no guarantee he will be. He’s coming off of yet another surgery and at 37 is a constant injury concern. Then there is the possibility that he will be suspended from baseball for his alleged role in another PED scandal. That story has gone dormant for the time being but could explode at any moment. That’s why the addition of Young makes sense.
Secondly, he could split time with Lyle Overbay at first base, especially against left handed pitchers. Mark Teixeira is done for the year, and although Overbay has played beyond expectations, he’s only hitting .190 against left-handed pitching. Young would give the Yankees another right-handed bat as well, something they desperately need to break up their lefty-laden lineup.
Young has always been able to hit and even at 36 years-old is continuing to do so in 2013. He’s hitting .284 so far this year and can still generate solid bat speed. He’s not the type of player he was a few years ago, but he is still a productive major league hitter.
The Yankees will be getting veteran players back from injury to help in the second half, and they would be smart to add another one at the trade deadline.
B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.