By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 30, 2014
The New York Yankees spent a lot of money in the 2014 offseason and it hasn't paid off yet. Like last year's Yankees' team, injuries have been at a premium and that has ultimately been the main burden for the Bronx Bombers. Instead of bringing up players from their farm system, the Yankees have had to rely on numerous veterans. Here are five struggling Yankees who need to be traded before the trade deadline.
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Scott Sizemore was once a promising prospect for the Detroit Tigers. The thing that has held back Sizemore is his leg. He has had numerous injuries on the extremity and it has been a problem for years. The Yankees signed Sizemore before the season and there were reports saying he looked healthy as ever. With Yangervis Solarte playing at third, it doesn't look like Sizemore will be starting there anytime soon.
Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances were once known as the "Killer B's" in the Yankees' farm system. Since, the latter has developed into a top-end reliever, and Banuelos has struggled to make it past Triple-A, Banuelos is now 24-years-old and he's struggling in 2014. It may be a good idea for the Yankees to trade Banuelos while his stock isn't so low.
Like Banuelos, Austin Romine was known to be the next big thing at the catcher position for the Yankees. The message was made clear that Romine wasn't the heir apparent at the position in the offseason when New York signed Brian McCann in free agency. It also doesn't help Romine's case that he has top prospect Gary Sanchez right on his tail.
It's been four years now and Tyler Austin has yet to be seen in the Bronx. Since 2012, Austin has failed to stay healthy and that has kept his production in the farm system at a minimum. When an MLB prospect fails to stay healthy, it really hurts his career because professional ball clubs want their players to play around 145+ games. Austin's time in New York is running out fast.
Mason Williams has failed to get stronger in his minor league career. At only 180 pounds, Williams is basically a slap hitter and the Yankees already have players at the professional level that excel at that. Williams still has a ton of potential, as he has drawn comparisons to Austin Jackson for his speed and ability in the outfield. The Yankees have five starting-level outfielders and there is simply no space for him on the MLB roster.
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