The New York Yankees were extremely quiet at the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. A flurry of deals happened in the last few days, with big names such as Troy Tulowitzki, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and Carlos Gomez all finding new teams but none of them calling Yankee Stadium home. The Yankees basically wound up standing pat, except for picking up bench player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners.
As reported on earlier at the Inquisitr, the Yankees were connected to several relievers such as Aroldis Chapman, Carter Capps, and Craig Kimbrel. New York was apparently trying to follow the blueprint of the Kansas City Royals and form a bullpen triumvirate that would completely shut down the last three innings of any ballgame in which the team had a lead. Instead, the Yankees wound up without any pitchers and a staff that could have used a boost after Michael Pineda was placed on the disabled list earlier this week.
The closest New York got to acquiring anyone was Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres. CBS Sports reported earlier today that the Yankees turned down a deal that would have had them trading shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo.
So the Yankees decided to stick with their prospects and see what happens. The good news for New York fans is that one of the team's biggest prospects will be joining the big club soon. YES reporter Meredith Marakovits tweeted that general manager Brian Cashman told her Luis Severino is likely to make his big league debut next week.The Yankees go into Friday night's games with a six game lead on the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. With 61 games to play, the Yankees are looking good for a playoff spot, but they may need to make some additions. Even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, deals can still be made for players that clear waivers until September 1. If a team is trying to unload a big contract, they will try to pass a player through waivers. The Yankees aren't usually shy about spending money and may pick up a player or two this way, and it likely won't cost them much in prospects.
So fans of the Yankees might be mad at Brian Cashman for not reeling in the big names, but a little patience might just show that the Yankees played their hand correctly by sticking with their kids.
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