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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