It’s Wednesday, July 28. The trade deadline is Friday, July 30 at 4 p.m. ET. It’s less than 48 hours away. So far, the New York Yankees have acquired reliever Clay Holmes from the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson packing for Cincinnati in a deal with the Reds that will feature a player to be named later.
Otherwise … just Trevor Story and Joey Gallo rumors that feel empty. We feel empty! Can the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman ever get ahead of the trade deadline?
That’s what so many other teams are doing right now!
There’s yet to be a true blockbuster deal, but playoff-hopeful teams have worked to improve their roster to better position themselves for the final two months.
All the Yankees have done is watch valuable trade pieces get moved right under their nose for mostly reasonable prices while further depleting their own roster. Do none of the assistants in New York’s front office have Adderall to slip into Cashman’s coffee?! Come on!
Just kidding, that’s illegal! But the Yanks have whiffed on three trades that could’ve benefitted them in a big way. What were they?
The Yankees missed out on these three talented trade candidates.
3. Adam Frazier to the Padres
Explain to us why the Padres feel comfortable plugging Adam Frazier wherever on defense and the Yankees didn’t feel the need to? New York’s had guys playing out of position all year! One more really would’ve crossed the line?
The MLB leader in hits went to San Diego for three prospects — INF Tucupita Marcano, OF Jack Suwinski and RHP Michell Miliano. That’s ONE top-10 prospect in Marcano and two outliers. Could the Yankees really not have done that?
Frazier would’ve provided outfield defense and a contact-heavy left-handed bat. If you made a player in a lab with exactly what the Yankees needed right now, it’d pretty much be Frazier.
Instead, the Padres acted early and the Yankees continue to wait (tick, tock) for the perfect deal to present itself. Look, we don’t want to give away premier talent for free, either, but we’re also not going to sit on everything until we get exactly what we want.