“I’m ready to rock and roll,” said New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman in regards to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.
Cashman is actively seeking to improve the team, but has yet to finalize a trade.
The Yankees are officially at their halfway point in the season, playing 82 games going 41-41 and are currently third in the AL East. I’d say it’s about time for an upgrade after looking at those stats.
It has already been made clear that Cashman is specifically on the hunt for starting pitchers to improve the Yankees’ rotation. Ideal, but expensive candidates would be Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price.
I think that Cashman already thought he was upgrading the team by acquiring Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann in the winter, but they have only produced mixed results that haven’t completely lived up to expectations. Cashman might be in a bit of a dilemma, financially, to acquire Price after spending nearly half a billion dollars obtaining Beltran, Ellsberry, McCann and Masahiro Tanaka in the winter.
Ironically, Price pitched against the Yankees Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium and basically showed them who’s boss. He gave up only four hits through seven innings, one of those being a double in the fourth by Derek Jeter, marking his 534th double (tying Lou Gehrig for first place on the Yankees’ all-time list, keep doing you Jeter).
Price put on a solid 119-pitch performance and probably ignited Cashman’s desire for the left-handed pitcher even more. While Price would definitely be an upgrade that the Yankees could use right now, I don’t think the Rays will trade him within the AL East. It would be a stupid move on their part with Price being such a valuable and beneficial pitcher right now. I’ll stand by what I said previously that I don’t think the Yankees will be able to acquire him.
Along with Price being at the top of teams’ wish lists, it would be interesting to hear his perspective on the trade rumors surrounding him. It must be difficult for him to be the subject of so much positive talk, while also having the pressure of living up to it. With a trade comes increased expectations and attention.
Only time will tell where Price will end up, I’m really curious to see if the Yanks get him or not. Trade rumors aside, I hope whomever the Cashman is able to acquire in the trade will actually benefit the team, then maybe they will have a chance to turn things around and start producing more wins and better performances, both offensively and defensively.