With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline done, the New York Yankees made multiple trades to help boost and reconstruct their roster. Most of the moves made by general manager Brian Cashman were small, but they have already been paying their dividends.
When it was made known that 4 of the 5 starting pitchers would be out for injury, Cashman began making moves. There was no time to waste and the obvious problem area to fix was the pitching rotation. The odd thing was that the only pitchers that the Yankees acquired via trade were Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Vidal Nuno, and Chris Capuano for cash from the Colorado Rockies.
McCarthy and Capuano have both proven to be beneficial assets to the team. I was worried about McCarthy at first because of how bad of a season he was having with the Diamondbacks, but it seemed like a change of scenery and a different coaching perspective was all he needed to turn things around. He is now 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA over four starts.
The Yankees rotation actually seems to be pretty stable considering the amount of changes that it underwent this season. In addition to the trades made to the rotation, the Yankees also had significant contributions from their farm system such as Chase Whitley and Shane Greene. With the rotation seemingly stable, Cashman started making moves for strong hitters to add to their offense.
He then acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for cash, Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula. Headley has been a great contributor to the team so far, and although he’s seen as only a temporary fix, Cashman might want to consider keeping him for the future.
The trade with the Red Sox for Drew was the first time those two teams has traded with each other since 1997. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Cashman will do anything to get his team back on track. Drew was originally a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop, but since Derek Jeter will finish out the season at that position, Drew will play second base for the Yankees.
Martin Prado is a veteran who has played nine seasons in the MLB. He has been having a down year with the Diamondbacks, but hopefully the change of scenery will turn his playing around like it did with his teammate McCarthy. Prado will be used as a utility player since he as experience at shortstop, first, second and third base and left field. The Yankees will expect him to play in right field as well.
Then there was Jeff Francis who was a miss that Cashman acquired from the Oakland Athletics for cash. He was given a chance in the bullpen, but failed to produce adequate results and has been designated for assignment. I think he was the only real mistake that Cashman made during the trade.
Cashman has upgraded the team’s roster in every way he could. I think the Yankees did a great job leading up to the deadline; they definitely overcame adversity and accepted the challenges that they encountered. For a team that has been through as much as they have this season, I’m just happy that giving up wasn’t an option. Well done Yankees, you still make me proud.