Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman’s only deal today, before the expiration of the non-waiver trading deadline, was to acquire bench player Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Reds (in a trade). I guess we, as Yankees fans, should have seen this coming based on what Cashman said the other day (via Ken Davidoff):
A few reporters got Brian Cashman before the game, to discuss the clubs’ needs as we head toward the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline.
And one of the Yankees’ GM’s most interesting thoughts was that he doesn’t believe this deadline holds much value anymore.
“I think over the years, this trade deadline is no longer even in existence,” Cashman said. “…The waiver stuff is not going to prevent deals in August. Guys are going to get through because people are going to be afraid to afraid to claim and get stuck with money that they can’t afford. And so the July 31 trade deadline is more of a fictitious one now, anyway.
“It’s not like it was when Steve Phillips (when he was the Mets’ GM) and I were going haywire, claiming everyone on the wire. Those days are dead and buried, because no one can live with a mistake like they used to. Because the economy has changed and has affected everybody both in and out of sports. Although July 31 is approaching, it’ll affect some level of players. Most, most likely, will clear. There’ll be a very large population to pick from as we move forward, anyway.”
Are the Yankees, and, more specifically, Brian Cashman making the right move here? The Red Sox and Rays are chasing the Yankees in the A.L. East at this moment. And, should one of those teams catch New York, then the Yankees will find themselves fighting with the other, along with the Twins, White Sox, Tigers, and Rangers – and possibly the Angels – for the A.L. Wildcard.
If the Yankees have a chance to pick up a decent player – say, a pitcher, which is what they need now – Brian Cashman thinks the Red Sox, Rays, White Sox, Tigers and (maybe) Angels are going to be afraid to take on a player’s contract by putting in a waiver claim on him (and block the player from going to New York)? O.K., maybe the Rays might not have the salary room…but Boston, Detroit, Chicago and L.A. are not going to let spending some money outside their budget get between them and a World Series, are they?
Time will tell if Cashman’s bluff here is the right play…but, in the interim, what do you think?