The New York Yankees did not make a move at the trade deadline, which means they didn’t fix the hole that they have at third base.
The Yanks have had collectively terrible production from that position and desperately needed an upgrade, but stood pat as the deadline came to a close. There were talks with the Philadelphia Phillies to try to get Michael Young, but the discussions fell through and no deal was made.
The Yankees can still make a move when players pass through waivers. Currently being fourth in the division also gives them a leg up on the teams ahead of them, specifically the Boston Red Sox, who were also interested in Young. If the Phillies determine that they have no shot at the playoffs, they could become sellers and Young could become available at some point.
With very little action across the league, no big-name player was moved. A reason for this is because the second wildcard spot gives a larger number of teams the feeling that they could have a shot at making the postseason.
New York GM Brian Cashman hinted at the possibility that Kevin Youkilis could return this season. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it’s better than him saying that Youk is planning to go on vacation in September.
As no team made a splash in the trading market, I can’t say that the Yanks not making a move is overly disappointing. Still, the chance of adding a veteran professional like Young was an exciting possibility that would have helped a team that is still searching for offense.
On the other hand, Curtis Granderson is scheduled to be back this weekend, which is like adding a player at the deadline. The Yankees will add significant power to their lineup, which has only hit three home runs since the All-Star break.