Jul 20, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees’ playoff hopes on Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez

The New York Yankees are one of the bigger names in the realm of MLB Trade Rumors because the team needs serious hitting help in order to be considered serious playoff contenders this season.

Instead of making a move, it sounds as if the Yankees are intent on  letting the entire season rest on the shoulders of   Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, both players who have been unable to stay healthy in any consistent capacity.

The suggestion comes from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, who has a pretty good point after looking at quotes from GM Brian Cashman:

Cashman also basically acknowledged that his current lineup isn’t good enough (“These guys are trying, but . . . “), and that whether or not A-Rod is anywhere close to as good as he once was, the Yankees badly need him (“I think he’ll be better than the production we’ve gotten from third base, with all due respect”).

The numbers help explain why both Girardi and Cashman kept using the word “hope” when they were asked about A-Rod, who had two hits Friday night in Triple-A and looks more and more likely to make his 2013 Yankee debut Monday in Texas. Girardi used the same word when asked about Jeter, saying he hopes Jeter can come back from the DL next Saturday, the first day he’d be eligible.

So there you have it. Apparently New York is intent on letting the entire season come down to this. If this were a few years ago it would not be a horrible idea to hedge all bets on Jeter and A-rod, but this is 2013 and neither have proven they can stay healthy.

It could be a long second half for New York. Stay tuned.


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    I read similar comments last year and the Yankees then went out and got Ichiro Suzuki, who was tremendous down the stretch last year and who seems to have a hot bat now. I expect there will be some moves. Keeping expectations low is a smart move on the Yankees’ part.

    I do expect the Yankees will still get some production out of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli this season. Oh, and yes, I expect it will be enough to get them into the post season yet again. It will also be interesting to see what Zoilo Almonte can contribute when he comes off the DL and if Melky Mesa can produce at the major league level.