New York Yankees Rumors: Wild Card Standings Becoming More Important For Yankees?

New York Yankees rumors suddenly include team interest in the MLB wild card standings. These Yankees rumors include fans paying more attention to the wild card race as the Toronto Blue Jays continue an amazing winning streak. A report from the New York Times on Saturday (August 8) underscored just how much of a threat the Blue Jays have become since the All-Star break. A 6-0 win over the Yankees pushed the Blue Jays’ winning streak to seven straight games.

In the updated MLB wild card standings, the Blue Jays took over that top wild card slot the Los Angeles Angels had been holding. The 60-52 Blue Jays have really turned things around after a rough start to the regular season, and the team has won nine of its last 10 games. Though the team now has a half game lead over the Angels and a two-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays have set sights on first place in the AL East.

The Sunday afternoon game (August 9) between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays could draw the teams even closer in the East. If the Blue Jays find a way to win that game, the team would be just 1 1/2 games out of first place with 49 left to play. By the time the series in Canada against the Yankees takes place (August 14-16), the teams could be playing for a first place standing. This is why recent Yankees rumors have the team looking more seriously at the wild card standings.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Yankees are still trying to improve before the final month of the regular season. The team can still makes trades until August 31, with players getting made available through waivers almost every day. This is the perfect opportunity for the team to take on a veteran with a high salary who has a team trying to deal him. Enter Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies. Could Utley find his swing again in New York?

The Yankees have seven games in August against the struggling Cleveland Indians, and really need to rack up the wins there. There is nothing better than winning the division, but at least winning a wild card spot means making it to the 2015 MLB Playoffs. Holding off the Toronto Blue Jays is going to be tough, and if recent New York Yankees rumors turn out to be true, the front office is still looking to add significant pieces down the stretch. What general manager Brian Cashman has to hope, though, is that he doesn’t end up regretting his decision to not pursue David Price with more vigor.

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