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Brian Cashman could make a deal in the coming weeks

Jun 20, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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In a column published on Wednesday, Newsday’s David Lennon wrote that Yankees GM Brian Cashman expects to make a trade in the next few weeks. The Yankees enter Friday night’s action at 38-33 in second place in a mediocre AL East. They rank 10th in the American League in team OPS, seventh in rotation ERA, and 10th in bullpen ERA.

Lennon writes that the rotation is the area most likely to be upgraded, and the Yankees might be willing to part with prospects to do it. Lennon suggests that the club could make J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, and Rob Refsnyder available in their quest for a starter. Lennon adds that Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel might entice the Yankees.

Cashman told the media that CC Sabathia might not be ready to return until August. The Yankees’ rotation presently includes superstar Masahiro Tanaka who is having a ridiculous season (11-1 with a 1.99 ERA), but also features 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda with a 4.32 ERA, Vidal Nuno (5.90), rookie Chase Whitley, and swingman David Phelps.

  1. zackd2 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    1.5 games out of first for the division. If McCann starts hitting that’d be a huge boost to the lineup.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      If my aunt had wings she wouldn’t bump her balls when she hopped.

      • zackd2 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        McCann has a history of being a production ML hitter. Your aunt does not have a history of being a man.

      • zackd2 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        McCann has a history of being a productive ML hitter. Your aunt does not have a history of being a man.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Zach, have you ever met Buckfutter’s aunt? Of course, maybe you don’t want to.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Yankees have little to offer for David Price. Maybe just enough for Samardzija

      • nbjays - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        Can’t see the Rays letting Price go to a division rival, honestly.

  2. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    There’s always Phil Hughes, oh wait, you didn’t need him

    • kiwicricket - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      A shaved Orangutan would of been more useful to the Yanks than Hughes was during his time there. Even his mother thought he would continue to suck this year.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        But A-Rod’s still suspended this year! :)

    • zackd2 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Lol talk about cherry picking. There were no signs Phil would pitch like this after his last few years.

    • 4cornersfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Phil Hughes is just a harder throwing version of Vidal Nuno. The only real difference is that with Phil the homeruns go farther.

  3. 1998yanks - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Hughes gives up too many home runs at Yankee Stadium.

  4. whatacrocker - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Bah. The Yankees are now a joke of a franchise, entering another 20-year wilderness, just like 1978-98.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      just like 1978-98.

      Really stretching that 20 year period there, considering:

      1978: 100-63, Won the WS
      1994: 70-43, first place
      1995: 79-64, lost in LDS
      1996: 92-70, Won the WS
      1997: 96-66, lost in LDS
      1998: 114-48, Won the WS

      • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Also,

        1980: 103-59, lost in LCS
        1981: 59:48, lost in WS

        1983-86: Averaged 91 wins, including 97 in ’85. No playoffs because of old format. The true “wilderness” was ’89-’92.

      • wjarvis - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        By Yankee standards, ’82-’93 were dark times since they went 12 consecutive postseasons without an appearance (13 if you want to count ’94, but lets not talk about that). Those were the days when a team could win 97 games like they did in ’85 and not make it to the postseason, so it wasn’t really that bad. Of course as a Cubs fan, I really can’t really consider any period of Yankee history a dark time…

      • 4cornersfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        There are plenty of teams that pray to have a 20 year wilderness like the Yankees had in 1978-98. Boston, for one.

    • caeser12 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      @whatacrocker.

      At times like these, you wish there was an edit button, right?

  5. [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Lennon suggests that the club could make J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez, and Rob Refsnyder available in their quest for a starter.

    That’s a lot better package than the one Jim Bowden put together for David Price (Sanchez, Severino, and O’Brien). If the Rays were dumb enough* to take that, I’d drive them down to Tampa Bay myself.

    *They aren’t, that trade is awful for the Rays.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I’ve blogged before about the Cards getting involved, with what’s not necessarily final, but at least a good strong starting point: http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/06/cardinals-suitor-for-david-price-lets.html

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      To think, those are the Yanks’ top 3 prospects, and I use the term loosely. Murphy wouldn’t be bad to have, to be honest, but the others don’t float my boat …

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Good luck with the pile-o-crap “top rated” “untouchable” prospect for which whoever gets duped into trading something of value.

    Goddamn that was a hard sentence to grammar.

  7. jfk69 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    While looking ahead to next year and the probability Kuroda hangs it up. Cashman will be looking to go big and get the jump on any desperate and more costly need for another big name starter in the off season. Murphy,Sanchez or Cervelli are hot commodities right now due fact that their are a dearth of major league catchers.
    Don’t blow it Cash. You finally have the upper hand.

  8. raynman49 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I hear Daniel Bard is available. If he’s not wild enough, there’s always 50 Cent.

    • raynman49 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Yes, a Red Sox fan.

  9. dondada10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    How about Bartolo Colon? He’s having a pretty solid year, especially lately. Plus he’s signed for next year.

    • nbjays - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      And he can hit.

  10. 1998yanks - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    David price won’t shave, so he is out regardless.

  11. twalton95 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    I love how vague the headline is.

  12. trbmb - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Cashman, the cash man, will do what he always does when trading for pitchers, screw it up. Meanwhile, he hopefully continues to pack his personal belongings up and disappears.

  13. paperlions - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    What assets do the Yankees have that would result in a meaningful upgrade to an MLB rotation? About the only way they could get a deal done would be to take on a bad contract, because they really don’t have any shiny objects close to the majors that could represent the main piece in a deal for even a mid-rotation starter.

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