The New York Yankees finally made some moves to shake up their roster in hopes that they can save their season. The team has been in the midst of a tailspin recently with the offense looking flat and the pitching appearing overmatched. Yankees GM Brian Cashman decided to designate the slumping Alfonso Soriano for assignment. Soriano is a former homegrown prospect who became a fan favorite early on in his career and upon his return in the 2013 MLB season, so that particular move may hurt some fans. The truth is, New York is desperate to find any production from their offense, and while Soriano’s power is something the offense needs, he has simply been too inconsistent to warrant any further playing time. To put in perspective just how bad the slumping outfielder has played, Soriano’s batting average to this point is .221, while he has hit six home runs and 23 RBIs. Those numbers show a player who is playing like a shell of the the guy who hit 34 HRs last season. The Yankees don’t have time to find out if Soriano can turn his season around. They need results now in order to stay afloat in the race for October.
The second move Cashman made wasn’t a blockbuster trade like Yankees fans are used to seeing, but it was certainly a necessary one. Vidal Nuno has been one of New York’s fill-in pitchers while C.C. Sabathia and Michael Pineda remain on the DL. He has struggled to keep the ball down and has given up way too many home runs this season, which is something that seemed to get worse when he would pitch in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Brandon McCarthy was the pitcher that the Yankees acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Nuno. McCarthy holds a 3-10 record and a 5.01 ERA this season, which may leave many fans wondering why the Yankees traded for him. McCarthy’s numbers may not appear too attractive, but he is a ground ball pitcher, which is a stark contrast to what Nuno offered them this year.
The Yankees didn’t make any flashy trades on Sunday morning, but they did make some attempt at moving themselves in the right direction. If the team can push for one of the top pitchers available when the trading deadline gets closer, there is a chance they will look more prepared for a late run at a playoff spot than they have in the past few weeks.