Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yankees feel no pressure to make bad deal

The New York Yankees didn't feel like they had to make a trade so they didn't.

Unlike previous years, Brian Cashman felt comfortable enough to walk away from all the potential deals presented to him. He didn't see anyone available that was that much better than what he has on his current big-league roster and didn't want to compromise the gems in his minor-league system.

With the Yankees playing pretty well, just two games behind the Boston Red Sox in the division and with a fairly comfortable lead in the wild card race, Cashman & Co felt no pressure to make a bad deal. Cashman wouldn’t have hesitated to pull the trigger on a good deal, but he just didn't feel the price was right on any of the players he was offered.

It feels strange watching the Yankees stand pat at the trade deadline, especially compared to the Red Sox, who made a couple of trades, including one for Erik Bedard that could help bolster their troubled starting rotation. But I don't have a problem with the Yankees not succumbing to the pressure and making an unwise trade.

The Yankees do have to prove they can beat the Red Sox at some point this season. They will just have to do it with their current roster.

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