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The New York Yankees have a power problem. Yes, they lead the majors with 163 home runs this season. But two of their biggest bats landed on the disabled list this week. Right fielder Aaron Judge is out at least three weeks with a broken wrist. Catcher Gary Sanchez could be out until September with a groin strain.
General manager Brian Cashman has been busy before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, picking up reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles and starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Now, Cashman could be looking for a bat, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman:
Yankees have considered Mike Moustakas. See the asking price as high for now.
But now that Aaron Judge is out at least three weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist, Brian Cashman said the Yankees will at least go through the process of seeing what is available in the market.
He described where the Yanks are at in that process “as the premature state” Friday morning. He also made it sound like if the Yanks do anything, it will be on a level that when Judge returns, they have a bench piece – so think Jose Bautista level (if the Mets and Yanks could ever make a deal) more than Bryce Harper. CONTINUE READING, by Joel Sherman
On paper, the Yankees’ package for J.A. Happ doesn’t look too favorable on Brian Cashman’s side of the ledger. Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney — a pair of major league-quality, controllable position players — for a two-month rental of Happ, a No. 3 1⁄2 starter who comes to the Bronx with a 7.41 ERA this month.
Seems like a lot, and it was.
If you’re the 29 other teams. Just not for the Yankees.
No wonder Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins finally acquiesced to Cashman’s last, best offer for Happ. And when Cashman spoke before Thursday’s game, he gave the obligatory nod to how much talent the Yankees surrendered in the deal.
“It doesn’t come without a cost,” Cashman said. “Thankfully we’re in a position to be in a buyer’s position, and with that you have to push some chips in the middle of the table if you want to play the game.”
That conjures up the image of the Yankees’ GM sitting at a green felt table, with tall stacks of even more chips rising high above his head. And what he tossed at the Jays barely felt like a dent.
Cashman traded for Drury at the start of spring training as a hedge against the uncertain timetable of youngsters Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres. He was concerned about Andujar’s glove at third base and figured Torres had to knock some rust off after time missed because of Tommy John surgery. CONTINUE READING, by David Lennon