The New York Yankees have been red-hot since they have returned from the All Star break, winning seven out of their last eight games and are getting themselves right into the thick of the playoff race.
With the team looking for help on offense, the Yankees have been linked to several names on the trade market; some have made sense and some have not. This one has the potential to make sense for the Yankees so long as the asking price is right.
John Harper of the New York Daily News suggested that the Yankees make a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, but instead of looking for one of their starters such as Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, they look at Marlon Byrd instead.
"Yet the onus remains on Cashman because it’s hard to see how these Yankees can make it to October with an offense that, as of Thursday, ranked 14th in the AL in runs scored. In other words, never mind Cliff Lee; Marlon Byrd never looked so good. I mean, how long can the Yankees survive playing Ichiro Suzuki in right field most every day? The other night they were so desperate for more pop in their outfield that they played Kelly Johnson there for the first time all season, and now he’s on the disabled list with a groin injury. With 19 home runs for the Phillies, the sure-to-be-traded Byrd has more blasts than Thursday’s entire starting outfield of Ichiro, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. Byrd can help, and while several teams reportedly have expressed interest, there has been no indication the Yankees are one of them. However, one team executive who knows Cashman well said on Thursday that no one should make much of that."
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