When many have the New York Yankees down and out for the count this season, they just keep continuing to be buyers rather than sellers as the trade deadline gets closer.
The team is not known for missing the playoffs, and could be seeing that fate happen to them two years in a row. General manager Brian Cashman is trying to make sure that does not happen by acquiring players who could help push them into playing beyond Sept. 28. Easier said than done when four out of the five starters in the rotation from opening day could be done for the entire season.
This, of course, could go both ways for the team and for Cashman’s future with the franchise. If the team does miss the playoffs again, they could be taking a good hard look at him and asking if he is the future the franchise wants. The team is not exactly good at developing players, and when going about the free-agency market, they get players who are well beyond their prime. If they do make the playoffs, Cashman could be looking at getting a lot of respect from people around the league for getting the right pieces when many thought they were done.
Luckily for the Yankees, the AL East is a pretty weak division this year. The front office knows that and has gone out and made some moves early to ensure they have some depth moving forward. Trading for pitcher Brandon McCarthy and infielder Chase Headley today from the San Diego Padres does not hurt his chances to much either. Cashman has been looking into Headley for years, and with some hope and luck, can maybe see him blossom in the new league. If all of it does not pay off, the Steinbrenner family may have enough and look elsewhere for some answers.