As Trade Deadline Nears, Cashman Ready to Deal
With Yankees Close to Contending, GM Looks for Improvements
At the halfway point in the 2014 season—the Yankees played their 81st game Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays—New York is obviously incomplete. The team needs a starting pitcher (or two), another infielder, and maybe another outfield bat.
It is on general manager Brian Cashman to acquire these pieces. And Cashman vows he is trying.
“I’m ready to rock and roll,” Cashman said, indicating, in his own way, that he has offers out and is looking to make a deal.
But Cashman has proven to be a one-man band so far. With so many teams believing they have a shot at a wild-card playoff spot, and with starting pitching a rare commodity, Cashman said the prices for premium players are prohibitive. Teams have told him that they will trade marquee players now, but for a higher price than if they were traded closer to the July 31 trade deadline, because the acquiring team is getting an extra month of performance.
“For those who want to step up and really pay the price, a month before the deadline hits, obviously there’s going to be a higher price for that,” Cashman said.
He added that some young Yankees are garnering significant interest—he sidestepped the question of whether reliever Dellin Betances tops that list—but said he’ll keep trying to hammer out deals, while hoping that his team’s underachieving core picks up its game.
“There are some things I need to do,” Cashman said. “I’ll keep trying on work on trying to get them done, and in the meantime, we’ll hopefully get some guys healthy and some guys producing at the same time. We’ll see.”
Because if there’s one thing Cashman has to admit about the team he’s built, it’s that they’re lucky to be as close to first place as they are after 81 games.
“We’re fortunate to be two games out with poor performance and injuries,” Cashman said.