The 2013 season has been anything but smooth sailing for the New York Yankees. Injuries have wreaked havoc with the roster all season long and it doesn’t look like it is getting any better. Derek Jeter is back on the disabled list with the quad injury he suffered in his first game back. Meanwhile, Brent Lillibridge is up in his place and GM Brian Cashman is calling every team looking for a little help on offense.
The problem for Cashman is there aren’t many teams willing to sell at this time. Even the Philadelphia Phillies are unsure whether they want to be sellers despite an injury to Ben Revere. The Phillies hold the best fit for the Yankees in third baseman/first baseman Michael Young. If the Phillies decide to hold onto Young the Yankees are going to have to look for some duct tape to patch together the roster like they have all season.
Of course, the Yankees do have Alex Rodriguez still rehabbing at Triple-A and Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson should be back within a couple of weeks. The problem is, as the Yankees have learned with Granderson, Jeter and even Mark Teixeira, counting on injured players to come back is a dangerous proposition and something Cashman can’t afford to count on. There are options at Triple-A like Ronnie Mustelier who was just activated from the Triple-A DL after suffering two groin strains, and even David Adams who, despite his terrible showing in his first call-up, still has some offensive promise. The Yankees ultimately would like to add a proven bat, however.
Kendrys Morales is an option but the Seattle Mariners are playing hard to get with Morales and 41-year-old DH Raul Ibanez. Both are impending free agents and, in reality, shouldn’t cost much. However, the Mariners seem to be content holding onto both players and letting them walk as free agents.
Even though the non-waiver trade deadline is quickly approaching the market is developing slowly. The players that are becoming available, like Matt Garza, are not fits for the Yankees. Things are not looking good right now for Cashman but it wouldn’t be surprising if he makes at least one deal to solidify the offense. Cashman will not overpay for a two-month rental and it is wiser to stand pat than sacrifice the future.
Even though the Yankees’ farm system is not what it once was, the Yankees can’t afford to sacrifice too much in terms of prospects for a bat they will only use for two months. The team still desires to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold and trading away prospects for a veteran bat would only mean having to spend money next season to fill the same hole again. Cashman must be very careful moving forward but the chances are still good he will find a player at a price he will feel comfortable with. The question is, who will that bat be?