Oakland Athletics Put New York Yankees In Unfamiliar Territory

By Arthur Dowell
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to ball players, the New York Yankees are known for signing the big name players that teams like the Oakland Athletics develop. The Yankees are used to getting their way when they want a player, and this time, the Athletics jumped in on their plans.

Yesterday, the Athletics made the first big trade of the 2014 MLB season trading with the Chicago Cubs for both starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, two pitchers the struggling Yankees had on their trading radar.

The fireworks that the Oakland franchise got last night were the same ones that blew up in the Yankees face. The Yankees now have to come up with a new plan and quick. As if pitching could not get worse for them, their ace CC Sabathia had set back with his right knee during his rehab process. Thus, pushing his time he can come back and help the Yankees.

The Yankees are also considered out of any sort of deal for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. The Rays have said numerous times they are looking to trade the 2012 Cy Young winner out of the division, unless one of the four teams can give them a deal they cannot refuse, and unless the Yankees have some sort of hidden talent in their farm system, consider them out.

It is rumored the Philadelphia Phillies are looking to shop pitchers Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and A.J. Burnett as they look to rebuild within the organization. Lee would come with a hefty deal that the Yankees might not have, Hamels could come at a bargain, and do not expect the Yankees to want a happy reunion with Burnett. The Arizona Diamondbacks are also looking to give Bronson Arroyo a new home, and that could be a viable option for the Yankees who are not known for having many future pieces in place.

Safe to say, Oakland made things for a lot more interesting for the Yankees, and you can bet that Billy Beane and the front office are hoping they became an obstacle for the Yanks to reach the playoffs this season.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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