August 31st is the deadline to add a player onto your team and have them eligible for the postseason. As we’ve seen this week, the Pirates added Marlon Byrd and John Buck to their roster. The Orioles have put in claims on Josh Willingham and Michael Morse. Should the Yankees try and make a move before the deadline on players who have cleared waivers?
With the injuries to backup middle infielders and the uneven play of David Adams when he was called up, that could be a move to make. One intriguing guy would be Washington National Danny Espinosa. He hit 17 home runs last season, and 21 the season before that. He struggled before being demoted to AAA. He’s only 26 years old, and could be nice insurance and depth. Placido Polanco is a veteran bat who’s played all over the infield and can help back up. He’s not the hitter he once was, but he could do in a pinch.
On the pitching side there isn’t much out there. Dan Haren is possibility, but I’m not sure the Nationals move him right now. Aaron Harang was just DFA’d by the Mariners, and him at Yankee Stadium isn’t an ideal fit. Erik Bedard is someone who could start or relieve and could be had on the cheap from the Astros. Out of the bullpen, Pedro Feliciano and Matt Lindstrom are out there, but are they much of an upgrade over what the Yankees currently have? Probably not.
I don’t expect the Yankees to make any moves before the deadline. That of course could change with an injury.