31 Jul 2009
So the Yankees didn’t pull off a big deal at the deadline. That doesn’t mean they can’t do one later.
As I talked about the other day, with the financial climate the way it is, I think more players will pass through waivers than in past years. I wouldn’t expect Halladay to get through, but some of the other pitchers like Jon Garland, for example, would probably make it through.
The need remains the same, the Yankees need at least one and probably two starters. I think Pete Abe is on to something with this post about Hughes. I found it very curious that Hughes was brought out for the ninth inning last night after pitching most of the 7th and the entire 8th. It would make sense because Joba is going to hit that innings limit and Hughes needs to throw more innings. You can swap the two of them and hopefully the bullpen and rotation do not suffer. But, even putting Hughes back into the rotation leaves you with Mitre and that is where Cashman needs to make a deal.
As for the deal they made today it is one of the ones that drives me a little batty. Is Hairston an upgrade over Ransom? I think he is, not by a lot, but a bit. Is Hairston an upgrade over Pena? That’s my question because I don’t think he is. Why trade away a prospect, even one the Yankees will probably never use for a guy who essentially does the same thing as Pena, but at a higher cost?
Stay tuned, Cashman is still on the clock.