No start needed for Yanks at deadline
The Yankees constantly rave about the unexpected contributions from Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia.
That, combined with the exorbitant price for Ubaldo Jimenez and others, meant a very quiet trade deadline.
It is also the reason nobody should be surprised that a deal was not consummated by GM Brian Cashman.
“My reaction to not making a trade is: I didn’t expect one,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I didn’t foresee one coming. As I’ve said, I worry about the guys in the room, and they’ve done a great job.”
The Yankees felt their pitching staff — which has the AL’s third-best ERA —did not need Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda (who wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause anyway) or the Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez.
Cashman explored those options, but his decision was aided by the performances of Garcia, a 10-game winner with a 3.22 ERA and Colon, with eight wins and a 3.30 ERA.
Jimenez wound up in Cleveland because the Yankees were unwilling to meet Colorado’s “Herschel Walker”-like asking price of catcher Jesus Montero and pitchers Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos — and possibly Ivan Nova.
“I know it feels like we’re in dire straits, but the reality is: If you look at what these guys are doing and what collectively they’re all doing, it’s pretty good,” Cashman said. “We’ve got a lot of depth, and we have lot of different ways to go.”