New York Yankees Stood Still While AL East Got Better

By Gavin Ewbank
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The MLB non-waiver trade deadline has passed and the New York Yankees didn’t make a single deal.

While other teams in the AL East did their best to improve their teams for the stretch run, the Yankees stood pat and watched 4 p.m. pass without making any moves. Michael Young said prior to the deadline that he would approve a trade to the Yankees, but nothing came about as the time ticked away. Some said that the Yankees had a couple of offers on the table for Phil Hughes, but nothing happened with that.

The Yankees will now enter the final two months of the season with the same roster they entered July 31 with. Meanwhile, the other teams on the AL East made acquisitions to help separate themselves in the race.

The Boston Red Sox have done their part over the past couple of weeks, adding Matt Thornton to the bullpen and in the biggest move, acquiring Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to help bolster their rotation.

The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t do much, but in the end, there wasn’t much that they needed. They’ve been playing great lately — their rotation has been lights-out and they’re hitting well also. Still, the Rays went out and acquired injured reliever Jesse Crain from the White Sox. Although Crain is injured, he’ll help the Rays once he becomes available to play.

And then there was the team that made to best moves in my opinion: the Baltimore Orioles.

Since a couple of weeks ago, Baltimore has been arguably the most active team in the AL East, making the much-needed upgrades for their starting rotation and even a move in the bullpen. They acquired Scott Feldman a couple of weeks back, and then went after Francisco Rodriguez to help in the late innings. At the deadline, they sprung at the opportunity to acquire Bud Norris, improving their chances at the playoffs.

The Yankees, on the other hand, haven’t done much except for picking up Alfonso Soriano last week.

Entering play at 3.5 games out of the wild card race, the Yankees still have a chance to make the playoffs, but they’ll have to do so with possible waiver trades made in August, or no moves at all.

Gavin Ewbank is a Yankees writer for Follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for more Yankees talk.

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