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5 Players New York Yankees Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Players New York Yankees Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

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The Yankees are back in the thick of a playoff race and would love to be able to give future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter the ultimate send off with a World Series championship. They're only a few pieces away from being able to do that. Here are five potential pieces that would fit in with what they want to do in order to send them to the next level.

5. SP Jeff Samardzija

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5. SP Jeff Samardzija

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Samardzija is likely to be the best starting pitcher available at the deadline, and that might make the price tag a bit too high for the Yankees. However, if they feel that they're one arm away in the rotation, they may feel it's worth it to add another ace to their already impressive staff.

4. 3B Chase Headley

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4. 3B Chase Headley

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Headley is headed for free agency in the offseason, so it's very likely the Padres could deal him at the deadline. He could fill the void left by Alex Rodriguez at third base and be the future at the position. With the move, Yangervis Solarte could either be the everyday second baseman or be a utility player for the time being.

3. 2B Jason Kipnis

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3. 2B Jason Kipnis

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Even though he's a cornerstone of their franchise, the Indians could be inclined to deal Kipnis at the deadline if they're still in a downward spiral and are leaning more toward rebuilding than contending. He would come with a hefty price tag, but Kipnis could be the future at second base and would be an upgrade from Brian Roberts who currently fills the position.

2. OF Chris Carter

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2. OF Chris Carter

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Carter could be a low-risk, high-reward acquisition for the Yankees if they could add him. He won't hit for a high average, but he's got great raw power and is just entering his prime. He would be a great bat off the bench and a solid DH option. You can never have enough depth, and Carter would provide that to the Yankees.

1. SP Cliff Lee

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1. SP Cliff Lee

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This would be a blockbuster deal if it went down, but it is possible. Lee is nearing the end of the line in Philadelphia, and if they're not in the division race by late July, they may feel inclined to deal Lee to the highest bidder. While other teams may be able to offer better packages of prospects, the Yankees may be able to win the bidding with some creative monetary throw-ins to the deal.