Either the New York Yankees are doing a fantastic job at keeping things close to the vest or general manager Brian Cashman has nothing going on in terms of bringing in a top-notch, impact starter before the Major League Baseball trade deadline.
With July 31 rapidly approaching, rival general managers around baseball are saying that Cashman remains aggressive in the market for starting pitching and that he is certainly trying, but the fact is the Yanks may not have the pieces to pull off the big trade they desire, and progress has been hard to come by.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the latest:
Rival exec who spoke w/Cashman this week said still extremely aggressive trying to find starting pitching. Yanks source: Nothing imminent
— Andy Martino (@MartinoNYDN) July 18, 2014
Undoubtedly the biggest problem that Cashman faces is a lack of options on the open market.
The Chicago Cubs made both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel available earlier this season, but both were snatched up by the Oakland Athletics with a package that was superior to what the Yanks were offering.
Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price seems to also be available, although it's unlikely the Rays will trade him within the same division to New York unless it can come up with a monumental offer that Tampa Bay can't refuse.
Another name that made sense was Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Any hope that Hamels would be available was shot out of the sky after it was reported the Phillies have no interest in trading their left-handed ace.
— Doug Rush (@Doug_Rush) July 18, 2014
The frustrating part is that the Yanks do seem to have the pieces available to pull off a big deal, with some highly attractive prospects like Luis Severino and Aaron Judge, to name a few. The only catch there is that the Yanks may not be inclined to deal those guys and because of that, they don't have the pieces necessary, as was shared by the GM in Martino's tweet.
In the end, Cashman will be forced to make smaller moves in order to bolster his rotation, and in the process may have to take on some money in order to do it without having to give up much.
As it stands now, the Yanks' rotation has been looking better of late. David Phelps has begun to surge and pitch much better, and Brandon McCarthy threw a stellar outing at Yankee Stadium versus the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The jury is still out on Shane Greene despite his great start with the big league club, so he's more of a question than an answer at this point.
Brian McCann on Brandon McCarthy: "He's got top-of-the-rotation stuff. We're really glad to have him."
— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) July 19, 2014
With that being said, some of the holes the Yanks couldn't fill are starting to be paved over by better performances from their guys in-house, however the Bronx Bombers still need more help and it's clearly going to take much more than just effort to bring that help in.
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