It is no secret the New York Yankees would like to add a right-handed bat to platoon at first base with Lyle Overbay before the trade deadline. One potential target, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Michael Young, has been linked to the Yankees for some time and would be the perfect fit. However, according to Peter Gammons, the Phillies are not looking to be sellers after winning six of their last eight games and getting to within six games of the wild card.
Gammons said the Yankees were rebuffed when they called to inquire about Young’s availability. Young would have been a perfect fit for the Yankees because he can play first and a little bit at third, even if his defense is less than enviable. Now that Young is off the block, at least for the moment, the Yankees will have to look elsewhere for the right-handed pop they desperately need.
Right now the trade market is still developing. Teams, like the Phillies, are still trying to gauge whether or not they will sell or look to add as the playoffs are still within reach. There are a few bats to be had, including Houston Astros slugger Chris Carter who might actually be the best fit for the Yankees right now.
Carter can play first base and the outfield and can crush the baseball. Adding someone like Carter makes a ton of sense for the Yankees. Carter’s 18 home runs would place him second on the Yankees behind Robinson Cano and it is power that the Yankees desperately need right now. Carter will strike out, he currently leads the National League with 123, and doesn’t make contact as often as one would like, hitting just .229/.326/.469 on the season but Carter is hitting in a lineup that might be weaker than the Yankees’ at their worst this season. Perhaps his numbers tick up a bit with a little more protection in the lineup. Even if they don’t the Yankees could use his power right now.
One way or another, the Yankees need to add some pop and if Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter have proven anything this season it is you can’t depend on the injured players to come back. All three have come back and all have gotten hurt again.
The Yankees need to add a bat on the expectation that none of those that are on the disabled list right now will contribute this season. The Yankees have already played 94 games and their offense is among the worst in baseball. Every second waiting for injured players to come back is a second lost trying to regain ground in the AL East and wild card.