New York Yankees Trades: 3 moves to get back to playoffs

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Jun 30, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) relieves starting pitcher David Phelps (41) during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Rays defeated the Yankees 4-3 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no surprise that the New York Yankees, as a whole, have underachieved this season.  Despite the potential Rookie of the Year type season import right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is having (12-3, 2.27 ERA, 130 K in 17 starts), most of the team has been mediocre at best.

The Yankees rotation suffered huge blows in losing Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery in April, C.C. Sabathia to a knee injury and Michael Pineda to a shoulder injury.  The Yankees pitching staff is 21st in the Majors in team earned run average (3.97) while the starting rotation is 22nd with a 4.06 ERA.

The Yanks haven’t been much better at the plate, batting a combined .253/.316/.383 (14th in the Majors) with 74 home runs (tied for 17th) and 335 RBI (19th in the Majors) in 88 games.

But if the Yankees are going to make any kind of playoff push, they’ll need help.

On Sunday, the Yankees acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona for Vidal Nuno and cash considerations.  While McCarthy is a better starting pitcher than Nuno, he is anything but the answer the Yankees need in their starting rotation.  Shortly after acquiring McCarthy, the Yanks designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment.

So, it’s almost safe to say that the Yankees have something up their sleeve for the July 31st deadline.

Here are three possible players the Yankees might, or should consider after before the end of the month.

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