Let’s me get right to the point, the New York Yankees need some help now!
Yes, wounded players like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson are slowly getting healthy, but regrettably Father Time is not a luxury the Yankees have right now so waiting is not an option.
Just to be clear, I am not talking about bringing in more has-been veterans who would otherwise be homeless if not for the Yankees giving them a call.
And the reason is happening as we speak. Fact is the magic of wearing the Yankee pinstripes comes with an expiration date with this type of player.
Cashman has to go and trade for a hitter, preferably a righty with power.
Otherwise, this season will be filled with more games like last Friday night’s 3-4 loss to the Orioles. Or the game earlier when the bats couldn’t even score a run and made Rangers Derek Holland look like a CY Young candidate.
Losing games by a run, or not scoring one at all is disconcerting for fans so I can only imagine the emotions the Yankee players must be feeling.
Targeting a player like Twins Justin Morneau would be ideal. Morneau, who is a free agent at the end of this season, could be a nice little rental.
Also: Twins have received calls on Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 28, 2013
There is also Phillies Michael Young, who George King of the NY Post claims both the Yankees and Red Sox have interest in.
Look at how these two players are batting this season so far:
(Young & Morneau stats courtesy of mlb.com.)
Michael Young & Justin Morneau - 2013 batting stats
PLAYER Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Michael Young Phillies 49 161 15 42 8 0 7 25 11 39 0.261 0.316 0.441 0.757
Justin Morneau Twins 72 278 32 81 22 0 3 46 20 50 0.291 0.340 0.403 0.743
The other rumored possibility circling the Internet is Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz’s bat has not been great this season but behind the dish he is a way better option.
And dare I say mention the name Manny Ramirez?
Well, at this point the Yankees should leave no stone unturned including Manny being Manny.Manny Ramirez - 2013 batting stats
Do you have any other suggestions that will help this Yankees team from fading to black?
Speaking for myself, I want the Yankees to be playing baseball in October.
Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner did promise that he is committed to winning, and I think it is about time to start.