Buy or sell? Yankees face a momentous decision as trade deadline nears

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman at press conference at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, 2022.

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As the Yankees continue to assess their struggling team, a significant debate ensues regarding whether they should buy or sell players before the August 1st deadline. Recent developments indicate that they have decided to buy, as per reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney, despite the growing realization that their chances of making the playoffs are diminishing.

Yankees target top talent in seller’s market

Yankees' owner Hal Steinbrenner and the General Manager Brian Cashman
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This year’s trade market favors sellers, making it challenging for the Yankees to find top-end rental talent to strengthen their lineup. Nevertheless, they have set their sights on players like Cody Bellinger, Jeimer Candelario, and Jordan Hicks, along with supplemental bats like Seth Brown and Randal Grichuk.

The team’s primary concern is their lack of offense, with rankings in the league’s bottom half in OPS, wRC+, and Runs Scored. Despite significant financial investments in their position players, totaling over $155 million, the expected contributions from key players like Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo have been disappointing. Stanton, in particular, has struggled all season and is not living up to the expectations of being a regular designated hitter due to both his health issues and his inability to produce consistent hits.

The Yankees' manager Aaron Boone and their general manager, Brian Cashman.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post.

The Yankees are particularly interested in bolstering their outfield, as it has been a weak spot, resulting in one of the lowest wRC+ in baseball since 2021. Acquiring an outfielder from external sources seems imminent, though the specific quality of the player remains uncertain. Not making an addition in this area would likely displease both GM Brian Cashman and team owner Hal Steinbrenner.

There is potential for improvement at third base with Oswald Peraza, and adding another bat in that position could be beneficial. Additionally, the Yankees have a history of acquiring bullpen arms at the deadline, so it remains to be seen whether they will opt for an established name or a player with multiple years of control for future development.

The loss of catcher Jose Trevino has created a need for that position, and Ivan Herrera of the Cardinals is a potential option they could pursue.

Despite their recent poor performance, the Yankees are determined to make additions to their roster, hoping a hot streak and key acquisitions can propel them to a World Series title. Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole remain elite players, and the organization aims to reward their excellence by surrounding them with quality talent.

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  1. Any chance of selling Cashman? Trade him for a used washing machine, a bucket of Bazooka bubble gum…….anything! Or just plain fire the idiot, and make him take all of his soul-sucking trade and acquisition mistakes with him.

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