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As New York Yankees’ DL List Grows Should They Be Buyers or Sellers at the Trade Deadline?

July 20th, 2013 at 11:36 AM
By Karen Vankat

Yes, it's true another New York Yankee has landed on the DL. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte twisted his ankle in last night's defeat to the Boston Red Sox.

'Zoilo Almonte' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

With the loss last night the Yankees stand in fourth place in AL East seven games behind the Boston Red Sox. It's amazing that with such significant injuries the Bombers have stayed in the race this long, but with the continued loss of players and anemic offense can the Yankees realistically make a push for a playoff birth?

The DNA of this organization is never to wave the white flag and the Boss himself is probably yelling from the grave to make some deals. Consider this, should they mortgage the future and make some absurd trade deadline deal? If the season ended today they wouldn't even get a wildcard birth, so should the Yankees start to sell off some of their potential free agents and get some talent that they can control for the future?

Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Curtis Granderson are free agents next year so with the emergence of Preston Claiborne, David Phelps and Zoilo Almonte the time is now for some changes.

'Joba Chamberlain' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Get something for these potential free agents instead of letting them walk away for nothing. Michael Pineda has come back from his injury and can be put in the rotation if Hughes is traded. Chamberlain has fallen so far back in the order of the bullpen being passed by Claiborne and Shawn Kelley as a right handed option that some team eyeing the playoffs would welcome the hard throwing righty.

We know general manager Brian Cashman has been burning up the phone lines, but at what cost with the Yankees prospects finally making their way to the Major League roster. Cashman has said there have been numerous inquiries about Robinson Cano, but the GM is steadfast in not making any deal with his All-Star second baseman. Everyone in baseball knows the Yankees may be desperate enough to make some crazy trades and Cashman has to prevent himself from making some knee jerk reaction with some ridiculous move. 

Yankees' fans should understand every organization at one time or another goes through transition. With the up coming retirement of Mariano Rivera and the aging of Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira now is the optimal time for this roster to get younger and more athletic.

The infusion of some of the young talent below has been a surprising change and more of it is needed whether through trade acquisition or free agent signings. 

With the long DL list and age of star players this is a perfect time to, dare I say, rebuild this roster and complement a very good pitching staff and bullpen that has been hung out to dry by lack of any offensive punch most of the year.

New York's brass need to look at the big picture and that this year may be the kick in the pants they need to start making the necessary changes for a brighter future.

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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Baseball, Curtis Granderson, David Phelps, Derek Jeter, Joba Chamberlain, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Phil Hughes, Preston Claiborne, Zoilo Almonte

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