The New York Yankees had to get active on the trade and free
agent markets earlier than expected this season, as spring training injuries
caused the team to make multiple transactions before the regular season even
began. General manager Brian Cashman told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he doesn’t
expect that level of busyness to change with the summer trade season approaching.
“Every GM is kind of cataloguing the available players and
team needs. From that, obviously something can transpire over time with a few
more conversations. Listen, because of the injuries that have hit us from
the winter and March, we’ve been active and open to try to do something that
would make sense for us. I think we’ve done a lot and we’re going to continue
to try to do a lot. We’ll see where it takes us.”
Beyond some smaller moves – such as acquiring infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies – the Yankees have already made a pair of relatively
significant splashes this season in adding veterans Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay.
Now that the June First-Year Player Draft has passed,
Cashman expects the trade talk to begin. Considering the injuries to key
position players such as Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and
Derek Jeter, New York’s offense hasn’t been as productive as Cashman would like
it to be. He could look for upgrades in that department, but he isn’t showing
his hand just yet.
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