Hal Steinbrenner weighs in on Yankees’ uneventful trade deadline
The New York Yankees were remarkably quiet at the trade deadline earlier this week, and it sounds like the cautious manner in which the front office approached things had the support of Hal Steinbrenner.
The Yankees, while loaded top to bottom in the batting order, were believed to be aggressively seeking help for the pitching staff, both in the rotation as well as the bullpen. Nothing ever came to fruition, obviously, and the Yankees owner has since expressed faith that Brian Cashman and his staff know what they are doing.
“Whether or not a deal would be done would depend on the ask, as far as what players we would have to give up. Brian and his team worked very hard throughout the process. This time, unfortunately, none of the deals matched up,’’ Steinbrenner wrote in an email to the New York Post. “For me, it has always been a balance of doing everything we can to win now, while at the same time trying to not jeopardize our chances the following year or years. If our highest-end prospects are involved, the deal has to be a fair one. Otherwise, no deal is better than a bad deal as far as I am concerned.’’
Reports amid the fallout from the Yankees’ uneventful trade deadline indicate that the team was reluctant to include right-handed pitching prospect Deivi Garcia, 20, who is expected to be in contention for a spot in the big league rotation as soon as next season.
Cashman has been receiving a lot of flak in the wake of the Yankees’ inactivity at the deadline, with one New York tabloid savagely portraying the embattled general manager as a member of the walking dead.
All that said, it merits noting that the Yankees boast a 68-39 record and are in total control of the AL East with a seven-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. In other words, standing pat arguably will suit the Yankees just fine down the stretch. If not, the quiet trade deadline will certainly loom large in hindsight.