Since their starting five started dropping like flies, the New York Yankees' main focus has been on starting pitching. So much so that many people don't realize it's offense that is their biggest concern.
If you don't agree with that then you don't agree with the Yankees' general manager, Brian Cashman.
Cash has evolved in his thinking and now seems to be more inclined to add offense as opposed to pitching, per an interview he did with ESPN New York 98.7 FM, according to Bryan Hoch and Jake Kring-Schreifels of MLB.com:
"It's weird," Cashman said in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "Our pitching has been drastically altered because of the injuries, and despite losing four out of five starters and all that stuff, our pitching has survived — surprisingly — to this point. I think our offense should be better.
"It still feels like the pitching needs more help, but honestly, the offense has been consistently poor throughout the entire year. The answer has to be an offensive piece, I guess."
He's right. Cashman hit it right on the head when he mentions the Yanks' offense as being a bigger problem than their pitching.
When looking at the numbers, the Yanks' starting staff of four injured pitchers, one healthy one, and a ton of spot starters has pitched to a 3.87 ERA in 2014–better than the league average of 3.92. We already know the bullpen has been stellar, so that isn't a problem.
It's offense. New York ranks No. 20 in runs scored. For the New York Yankees, that's horrific. Home runs have also been an issue with the Yankees, as they rank No. 14 in that category. And it's a category they normally dominate in.
That isn't the case this season. The old reliable for the Bronx Bombers isn't so reliable anymore, and what was once a prolific offense has become a bigger achilles heal than a starting rotation with four starters missing.
Cashman has done his best thus far in the trade market by acquiring Chase Headley, who has been an unmitigated success in a small sample size of six games.
The ultimate move the Yanks' GM can make would be to pull the trigger on a deal that gets Troy Tulowitzki to the Bronx. You don't just find a guy with his talent on a regular basis and his actions on Sunday may make Tulo more susceptible to trade. If there's one major impact, blockbuster move Cash can pull off it'll be for Tulowitzki.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2014
Other than that, rumors have surfaced that the Yanks are looking at guys like Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers, Marlon Byrd of the Philadelphia Phillies and Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. Any of those would be a secondary move in the hopes of adding another hot starter like Headley to boost the offense.
The rotation continues to chug along and despite a few hiccups here and there, the bullpen has been great. As the season moves along, run production continues to be the biggest issue this team has and it's something Cashman plans to address further.
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