Yankees trade deadline day begins with more injury news


Wednesday’s trade deadline did not begin with news that the Yankees acquired any new talent. Instead, it was revealed that both Luke Voit and David Hale are headed to the injured list.

By the time Wednesday’s 1:05 PM Yankees game against the Diamondbacks comes to an end, so will the one and only 2019 trade deadline.

As we know by now, Major League Baseball did away with the post-July 31 waiver period, which to this point, has caused many clubs to hesitantly enter the open market because the second Wild Card spot enables more teams, some delusional (Mets), to believe they have a legit shot at the postseason.

Just a short time ago, the New York Post reported that Noah Syndergaard has been taken off the market, but that they are still fielding calls on free-agent-to-be Zack Wheeler.

Late Tuesday night, there was a blockbuster three-team trade that saw the Indians send Trevor Bauer to the Reds for Yasiel Puig — No. 15 overall prospect Taylor Trammell went from Cincy to San Diego — and the Padres sent outfielder Franmil Reyes and pitcher Logan Allen to Cleveland.

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While the Yankees were linked to Bauer throughout much of July, reports stated that talks never come close to fruition because the Yanks are reluctant to deal 20-year-old right-hander Deivi Garcia.

With a slew of Double-A prospects that are being dubbed “projects,” the Yanks no longer have a top farm system that the other 29 clubs clamor over. But that’s how it goes when you graduate most of your top talent.

So now we’ll wait to see if general manager Brian Cashman has any rabbits left in his hat. With the increasing cost for starting pitchers such as Matthew Boyd and Robbie Ray — rumors remain that a pivot towards bolstering the bullpen could occur.

However, even if the Yanks standpat, which would probably enrage the fanbase, manager Aaron Boone is confident in the men that make up his 25-man roster. Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

"“Whatever happens over the next 24 hours will be,” Boone said prior to the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the D-backs on Tuesday. “I know in our room, we know what we’re capable of. We know what the expectation is. Whether or not something happens doesn’t change that. We know we’re capable of something really special with all the guys we have in that room right now.”"

For the foreseeable future, the Bombers will be without the services of both Luke Voit and David Hale. Voit has been diagnosed with a sports hernia — and while a course of treatment has yet to be determined, should surgery be deemed necessary, the slugger will be out of action for up to six weeks.

As for Hale, he’s suffering from a lumbar spine strain and has been retroactively placed on the IL as of July 28. Taking their place on the roster is reliever Jonathan Holder and infielder Breyvic Valera.

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With Edwin Encarnacion now shifting to a full-time first base spot, it’s interesting that Clint Frazier wasn’t recalled to pickup the DH slack — unless of course he’s headed somewhere via trade. We’ll find out by 4 PM.