The Deadline AcquisitionsPosted: July 26, 2011
With the trade deadline just five days away, people start to get antsy about whether their team will make a big trade to help themselves get better for a playoff run. Sometimes what you do at the deadline can decide your playoff fate and your World Series fate. We’ve seen the Yankees make big moves and small ones at this time during the Brian Cashman era, but why might we see less action than ever this year?
One piece that the Yankees could use is a potent bench bat. Well, last night, Eric Chavez reported to the Bronx to be evaluated by doctors and may be activated from the disabled list as early as today. That is one piece that could make this team a lot better. It would take playing time away from Eduardo Nunez, not to say that Nunez hasn’t been good (especially recently), but he’s the guy you want out there. Plus, Chavez can take DH’ing time away from Jorge Posada and give Mark Teixeira a few days off at first. He gives the Yanks a lot of depth at the corners along with a solid bat.
How this bullpen was able to sustain itself and keep pitching well, I will never know, but now they are about to get Rafael Soriano back from injury. Soriano made his last rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton yesterday and left for New York after the game to be evaluated by doctors. He said he feels great and he will probably be activated tomorrow. Sure Sori had a tough first month or so in pinstripes, but if he can get back to the way he pitched last season or near it, he will help the Yankees a great deal.
The last pick-up won’t come until about the second week in August, but it is their starting third baseman and clean up hitter, Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod was hitting for a high average before having knee surgery, but didn’t have his usual power stroke. The operation fixed a small tear in the meniscus in his right knee, which is the leg he pivots off of. With that being healthy, we could see him come back and add a big boost to this lineup and probably hit for more power than we’ve seen him in about a year.
I’m not saying that the Bombers aren’t or shouldn’t make a move at the deadline because they could still use some starting pitching help. One guy that I’m hoping can make it on to this list is Jesus Montero. He’s starting to heat up now (hitting for more power) and is 5 for his last 11. Also, don’t forget about the two lefties, Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte. They are still only doing some soft throwing so don’t expect them to be back, but they could still make a contribution.