The non-waiver deadline is a mere eleven days away, so let’s look into some potential trades the Yankees could make.
The Yanks, and the Sox, are apparently interested in Toronto RP Scott Downs. In his age 34 season, Downs is having a great year. His ERA is below three and his FIP is 3.09, while his xFIP is at 3.51. His career platoon splits aren’t bad either, with a 3.25 xFIP against LHB and a 3.95 xFIP vs. RHB. He’d be a nice get for the Yanks, and he projects to be a type-A so the Yankees could get a draft pick for him (though that’s unlikely).
Other teams are apparently interested in Francisco Cervelli. If this is true, the Yankees should listen long and hard. It’s likely that Cervelli’s already hit his ceiling and if the Yankees can turn him into anything, it’d be a good trade. But, there is something valuable about him. He’s a cheap back up catcher and likely will be with the Yankees until he starts getting too expensive (like Melky Cabrera); that is, he’s a fine piece to have, but once he starts making seven figures through arbitration raises, he’s gone.
Like always, the Yankees are making the bench and the bullpen the focus of trading season. I’d like the Yankees to work out the ‘pen from within, though it will be hard with the injuries to Damaso Marte and Andy Pettitte. This should open the door to guys like Romulo Sanchez and Jonathan Albaladejo, though. The post lists guys that the Yankees’ve been linked to, but none of them are too exciting due to either inconsistency or price issues.
As for the bench, that’s something the Yankees will likely have to look outside the organization for. Ramiro Pena is an automatic out and Colin Curtis hasn’t lit the world on fire, either, so another bench player would be helpful.
Finally, the Yankees are not very willing to move Jesus Montero. They used him as bait for Cliff Lee because it’s such a special case but he, wisely, will not be moved for any of the players on the market.
Like 2009, I don’t think there will be much of a splash from the Yankees at the trade deadline. If a move is made, it will be something small like a bench player. I’d love for the Yankees to get Adam Dunn or another big bat for a full time DH, I doubt that’s going to happen. And though there’s not much time, I’d like to see the internal bullpen options get a shot before a trade is made. If that takes too long, though, there is always the possibility of a waiver trade for a reliever.